What the Ramadan Attacks Reveal About the Islamic State
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
An Iraqi firefighter at the site of an Islamic State truck bombing in Baghdad on July 3. The attack was orchestrated by the Islamic State core, the group's most militarily proficient segment.
(SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)
No matter what their abilities are, though, all Islamic State actors must follow the terrorist attack cycle when planning an operation. Terrorist attacks do not appear out of thin air; they are the result of a process. As long as we are watching out for it, that process can be detected and interrupted.
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