ISIS is trying to spread their influence of fear into the suburbs. After inspiring multiple successful and vicious attacks in major cities across Europe and the United States, the terrorist organization is turning their attentions to quieter, less urban areas. Their message is clear: No one is safe, no matter where you are.
They’re not only trying to spread the geographic scope of terror, but the types of terrorists, as well. No longer are they looking for hardened soldiers capable of large-scale attacks. Instead, they’re looking for smaller, more frequent acts of terror.
While major attacks dominate headlines across the globe, it’s these small scale attacks that may strike fear into average westerners. No longer do you only have to be afraid around major landmarks. Now, even your daily routine may be a target.
The Islamic State’s new goals are outlined in a piece published in Rumiyah, a magazine for radical Islamic terrorists.
ISIS is broadening their scope by thinking smaller, not bigger, according to a piece published in one of their extremist magazines.
In the first issue of Rumiyah, which debuted a month ago, jihadists were advised to target teens playing sports after school or even flower sellers hawking blooms on the street.
In the new PDF issue distributed widely via social media and Google Drive, an article on terror tactics assures would-be jihadists that “one need not be a military expert or a martial arts master, or even own a gun or rifle in order to carry out a massacre or to kill and injure several disbelievers and terrorize an entire nation.”
A footnote in the article states that ISIS won’t be using the term “lone wolf,” but “just terror operations” — “just” as an adjective for “justice.” Al-Qaeda calls lone operations “open-source jihad.”
Hinting that the article is one in a forthcoming series about terror tactics, ISIS focused on the benefits of knives to help potential terrorists with the “ocean of thoughts” that “might pour into one’s mind” when considering an attack.
Knife-wielding terrorists are advised to target smaller crowds or someone walking home from a night out or working the night shift, “or someone walking alone in a public park or rural forested area, or someone by himself in an alley close to a night club or another place of debauchery, or even someone out for a walk in a quiet neighborhood. One should consider canals, riversides, and beaches.” They further advise jihadists to carry an object like a baseball bat to inflict blunt-force trauma on victims before stabbing.
In gory detail, jihadists are encouraged to go for major organs, arteries or the neck, but not the skull as their knife blade may break. “It is advised to not necessarily attempt to fully detach the head, as the absence of technique can cause a person to spend a long time attempting to do so, that is, unless the individual’s circumstances and capabilities allow for such.”
“Lest the operation be mistaken for one of the many random acts of violence that plague the West, it is essential to leave some kind of evidence or insignia identifying the motive and allegiance to the Khalifah, even if it is something as simple as a note pinned or attached to the victim’s body,” the terror guide adds.
Jihadists are told to plan their attacks in such a way that they “attain a reasonable kill count,” and to bear in mind “the more gruesome the attack, the closer one comes to achieving the desired objective” of inflicting terror.
Unfortunately, these types of small-scale, unaffiliated attacks are already occurring across the globe. Now that so many have been successful, it looks as if there will be more to come.