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What the Ramadan Attacks Reveal About the Islamic State

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jul 7, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Islamic State Ramadan Terrorism
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)

Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani called on the group's followers in late May to launch a spate of attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Looking back on that month, which ran from June 5 to July 5, it is clear that his call was answered. This year's Ramadan has been the bloodiest on record since the Islamic State declared its caliphate in June 2014. That is not to say that past Ramadans did not see their share of violence, too. In 2015, the holy month brought significant attacks against a tourist beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, and against a military reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But this year's carnage has far surpassed last year's in both scope and body count, in spite of the Islamic State core's notable losses of territory and fighters in Iraq and Syria....

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