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ISIS Developing Scary New 'Signature'

'Wolf packs' emerge even as group suffers military setbacks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2016 10:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Islamic State is gloating after a series of attacks claimed in its name, including those in Bangladesh, Iraq, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Some related coverage:

  • As ISIS suffers military setbacks within its self-declared borders, it seems to be shifting toward more guerrilla-type operations. USA Today takes a look.
  • "These were done by teams of terrorists working with a very thought-through attack plan. I call them 'wolf pack' attacks. They are rapidly becoming the Islamic State's signature." That's a former CIA official talking to the Washington Post.

  • Muslims worldwide are struggling to comprehend the wave of violence unleashed during the holy month of Ramadan, reports the AP.
  • A tweet by Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing questioning how ISIS could do this during Ramadan went viral, and she writes about it in the Guardian.
  • Given that hundreds of Muslims were murdered in these attacks, a New York Times story explores the question of why global outrage seems more muted than after similar assaults in Paris or Brussels.
  • An ISIS video says the slaughter of civilians at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is just the beginning unless the country institutes Sharia law. See Reuters.
  • An unusual fact about the Dhaka attackers: They were generally rich and well educated, illustrating the reach of ISIS, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  • One disturbing trend: The Baghdad attack is the group's deadliest to date, reports the Los Angeles Times.
(Read more ISIS stories.)

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