The suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Kuwait, shooting of Western tourists in Tunisia, and a beheading and attempt to blow up a chemical factory in France.
Three continents, three different attack methodologies and three different targets, but ultimately the same result. The death of innocent civilians in a brutal, horrific manner that dominates the news agenda. But aside from each attack being linked to ISIS and that they occurred (in all likelihood coincidentally) on the same day, the attacks appear to have had very little in common in terms of strategic aim.
In Kuwait, the attack marks the expansion of attempts by ISIS to undermine the domestic policies and sectarian unity of Sunni regimes across the Middle East.
Although Western tourists were ostensibly the target in Tunisia, the attack appears to be another attempt to degrade the ability of Tunisia’s secular government to maintain security, specifically for the valuable but vulnerable tourist economy.
And at this stage, the French attack appears to have been the latest in a series of ISIS-inspired, ‘crowd-sourced‘ attacks, unsophisticated in nature, easy to achieve and difficult to prevent.
But the attacks do demonstrate the complexity of the threat posed by ISIS. read more