Considering Claimed Attacks: Islamic State's Hidden Narrative

*** TRAC's "Considering Claimed Attacks" Project was spearheaded by TRAC's Editorial Director, Veryan Khan. In addition to the two authors, TRAC would like to acknowledge Jasmine Opperman, Julia Sweet, Hylda Fenton and Philip Otto for their valuable contributions to the work. ***Crumbling "Caliphate"On 17 October 2017, United States-backed Kurdish and Arab forces declared they had captured the seat of the Islamic State's so-called caliphate in Raqqa, Syria. Thus, as a guide to how and where the Islamic State has imagined its own future, this report comes at an auspicious time.About this ReportIn the week leading up to the first day of Ramadan (26 May 2017), the Islamic State (IS) called for an all-out war on the West—even warning fellow Muslims to stay away from crowded areas in "America, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Italy and elsewhere outside the Caliphate Role." In order to better understand the Islamic State and its global-projection efforts, TRAC…

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Daniel Lebowitz

Mr. Lebowitz earned his M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in 2015. As a student, Daniel excelled in researching lone...

Michael Quinones

Michael Quiñones analyzes jihadist activity and propaganda, specializing in the Pacific Rim and Middle East. He is currently writing his master's thesis on the relationship between security and...