Islamic State and a Pattern of Violence
A new background report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland provides a detailed breakdown of the history of attacks by ISIL predecessors, affiliates, and inspired persons.
The Islamic State has gathered an international following, with affiliate groups popping up throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and North Africa. The jihadist group has also inspired lone wolf attacks around the world, including the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Although related, there seem to be some clear differences in the effectiveness and lethality of these inspired, affiliated, and “core” group attacks.