The Rise of Islamic State's Mega SVBIEDs

SVBIED (Suicide Vehicle Borne IED) attacks are likely to increase with ISIS celebrating "A Year of the Caliphate". The following trends are most likely for the immediate future:ISIS will use a propaganda campaign to present the Perfect Caliphate celebrating the perfect life in Mosul;Increased deviation attacks to draw attention away from Mosul. Ramadi itself has been to great success a deviation from Mosul. ISIS is going to show withdraw from areas in Anbar province to draw in opposing forces and keep them busy with mega-SVBIEDs and hit an run attacks; Baghdad will see an increase in SVBIEDs. These attacks will go beyond Shia areas like the attempted attack on the hotels known to be frequented by expats. This will ensure that more people are paying attention to an area that the ISIS wants deviation from;SVBIEDs will also be executed along major ISIS supply lines to secure an interrupted flow of arms, food and other supplies. An example is the 7 June 2015 attack in Diyala…

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jasmine opperman

Jasmine’s areas of expertise include methodological risk analysis and the management of intelligence processes (operations, counter-intelligence, covert activities and analysis). Jasmine is...