NY TIMES – Largely spared the Islamic State attacks that have plagued Europe in recent years, Spaniards awoke Friday to a sobering new reality after a pair of vehicular assaults in Barcelona and a seaside resort town left 14 dead and scores wounded. The authorities had been warning of an impending attack for some time, having raised the terrorism threat alert to its second-highest level in 2015. Since the beginning of this year, the Spanish police have arrested at least 20 people suspected of links to the Islamic State militant group, the Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center said. Continue reading