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Islamic State Returns to Guerrilla Tactics as It Loses Territory

Islamic State Returns to Guerrilla Tactics as It Loses Territory by Raja Abdulrahim – Wall Street Journal

Islamic State is reverting to the guerrilla-style tactics it employed in its early days to strike targets, including a suicide bombing it claimed in northern Syria this week, as it stands to lose the last sliver of territory it controls.

 

U.S.-backed forces in Syria on Thursday vowed to escalate military operations against Islamic State and root out its sleeper cells, a day after the attack that killed more than a dozen people, including four Americans.

 

The terror group, which said the latest suicide attack targeted the U.S.-led coalition, is trying to cause chaos and horror throughout the country as it faces the loss of its remaining territory in eastern Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said.

 

An initial U.S. military assessment concluded the Islamic State was behind the attack, in which two U.S. military service members, a civilian Defense Department employee and a Pentagon contractor were killed, adding that the terror group targeted Americans…

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