ISIS’s Strategy to Divide Muslims in the West

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) global attacks since last year are part of a deliberate strategy to provoke anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions in the West that create fissures between Muslims and local populations; ISIS aims to capitalize on the tension by casting itself as a defender of Muslims worldwide. ISIS’s predecessor organization, the Sunni-majority al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), employed a similar approach in Iraq in 2006 when it destroyed a major Shia mosque in the country.

Terrorist Attacks in the West, 2015

This infographic depicts terrorist attacks in North America, Western Europe, and Australia in 2015. There were 34 attacks with 642 people killed or wounded, and another 21 hostages later rescued.