Islamic State changes its strategy in Europe

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 11.3.2017 14:01

Territorial losses of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the recent series of terrorist attacks in Europe signal that the terror group has accepted a new strategy against the West. Europol’s European Counter-Terrorism Centre described this scenario in their latest report. The document offers an updated evaluation of Islamic State’s threat to the EU. Among the risks are operations directly coordinated by the group but also local lone wolf attacks. Europol signals that dozens of people linked to the IS in Europe have the capabilities to carry out a terror attack with the same modus operandi we have seen so far – with the preference to aim at soft targets. The report warns of the return of foreign fighters to Europe due to IS’s weakening in the Middle East, infiltration of Islamists in migrant camps and also other terror groups like al-Qaeda. Increased cooperation and information sharing are considered the most important measures to face the Islamic State threat that is likely to continue in the long-term.

Read the full report here.

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