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Stopping Vehicular Attacks in Their Tracks

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Nov 17, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Police officers stand near the truck used to plow through a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14. Based on the rampage's success, the Islamic State's Rumiyah magazine has encouraged the group's followers to conduct more attacks using large, paneled trucks.
Police officers stand near the truck used to plow through a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14. Based on the rampage's success, the Islamic State's Rumiyah magazine has encouraged the group's followers to conduct more attacks using large, paneled trucks.
(VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Vehicular assaults reappeared in the headlines in July when an Islamic State sympathizer drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. But the tactic is actually a decade older, first appearing in March 2006 when a grassroots jihadist drove an SUV into a group of students at the University of North Carolina to avenge Muslim deaths overseas....

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