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What the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka Tell Us About the Islamic State

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Apr 30, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Candles in the shape of Sri Lanka on April 29 in Ahmedabad, India.

Candles in the shape of Sri Lanka on April 29 in Ahmedabad, India, to show solidarity with victims of the Easter 2019 attacks in Sri Lanka.

(SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The April 21 attacks against three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka rocked the island nation and have reverberated around the globe. While the location of this attack -- Sri Lanka -- was a surprise, that an attack happened was not. We had warned our Threat Lens clients that we anticipated attacks against houses of worship over the Passover and Easter holidays -- although we certainly were not specifically expecting one in Sri Lanka. Due to the high death toll in these attacks, they have generated much press coverage, some of which has presented these attacks as something unprecedented, or as an accurate gauge of the status of the Islamic State. But these attacks were neither....

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