Spate of attacks masks a weakening Islamic State: experts

Spate of attacks masks a weakening Islamic State: expertsThe steady drip of jihadist attacks in Europe, including the slaying of a policeman on Paris’s world-famous Champs Elysees Thursday, might give the impression the Islamic State group is thriving — but experts say that’s wrong. Under the pressure of the international coalition in Iraq and Syria as well as improved efforts by intelligence services, IS has seen its ability to mount complex, group attacks weaken. While a large-scale strike remains a possibility, “the deadly tenacity of Daesh (IS) against France poorly masks a continuing degradation of its ability to strike our nation,” Jean-Pierre Filiu, a researcher at Paris’s Sciences Po university, wrote on his blog Friday.



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