Media jihadists

Source: Dawn

Take the month of January. Open-source reporting suggests that, excluding lone-wolf operations that may or may not have been inspired by IS, the organisation mounted at least 37 separate attacks in nine different countries: Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia.

IS also attempted an attack in Saudi Arabia but the two would-be suicide bombers were shot before they could detonate themselves. In that incident, IS lost two fighters while killing no one. But overall the organisation killed at least 393 people at the cost of just 30 of its own fighters. All these figures are conservative estimates; it is likely that many attacks will have gone unreported by generally reliable media sources, especially in IS-held territory where independent reporting is impossible.

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Categories: Asia, Iraq, IS, ISIS

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