The jayvee team is expanding–
ISIS released a map in December of its global Islamic State affiliates.
The Islamic State says it has affiliated groups in 17 different countries.
And in the first two weeks of 2016 ISIS was behind attacks in Libya, Dagestan, Philadelphia, Jakarta, Istanbul and Paris.
A Philly Islamist opened fire on a police officer. He later pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The ISIS fighters in Paris and Istanbul both entered the West as refugees.
Istanbul, Jakarta, Philadelphia, multiple locations in Libya, the Russian republic of Dagestan: within the past two weeks all have been the target of attacks by ISIS supporters or affiliates, killing and wounding dozens of people.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is spreading its wings as it comes under greater pressure in its Iraqi-Syrian heartland. And its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has threatened more of the same, from Saudi Arabia to the “crusader” countries and beyond.
ISIS’ rhetoric celebrates indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets that are, in its view, symbols of Western power or decadence. So it described France as the “capital of prostitution and obscenity,” and chose a rock concert as one target. It attacked groups of tourists between Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, and at a citadel in Dagestan. One focus of the suicide attacks in Jakarta was a Starbucks.
Beyond ISIS “branded” attacks — those launched by affiliates and members — ISIS also seeks to make political capital out of individuals who claim to be “inspired” by it, such as those in San Bernardino, California, in December and last week in Philadelphia.