ISIS Change their tactics
As reported by Five Dimensions Consultants in the past the IS requires its fighters to swear an oath (bayaa) to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and they could not attack the US or its allies without his explicit orders to do so.
The situation has now changed following a declaration by IS spokesperson, Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, urging its followers to target citizens from the US, France, Australia, Canada and other countries which joined the coalition to destroy the militant group.
Since the statement was issued on September 22, there have been a number of attacks against nationals from many of these countries.
The beheading of a French tourist in Algeria, a group calling itself the Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate)
The arrest of around a dozen men in Australia suspected of planning a public beheading in Sydney’s financial district.
On September 23, two Melbourne police officers were injured in a knife attack by a self proclaimed IS sympathizer who was subsequently shot dead.
Whilst in the Oklahoma city area, a crazed recent Islamic convert allegedly severed the head of one of his former co-workers.
In the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf threatened to behead one of two German tourists it has held in captivity unless a ransom is paid and Germany stops supporting the US in Iraq and Syria.
The use of excessive and indiscriminate violence can backfire and IS realize this but they also realize the impact beheading has is disproportionate to the number of casualties. 5 Dimension Consultants analysis is the use of beheadings as a tactic amongst jihadist groups and their sympathisers is likely to become more widespread.
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