Security Weekly

Understanding Sleeper Cells

Although the media has given extensive coverage to possible jihadist sleeper cells, they are too complicated and expensive for groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State to operate.

The Islamic State's Growth Has Limits

Despite its spread in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State's appeal is limited, as is its ability to become the vanguard of global jihad.

The Terrorist Tradecraft Conundrum

The tactical shift by jihadist organizations to grassroots-level attacks in the West has failed to produce the intended results, partly because operatives often strive for goals beyond their limited capabilities.

Monitoring the Islamic State's 'Flood'

The Islamic State believes its progress in Iraq proves its right to lead, but its regional focus and violent methods face growing opposition from competing jihadist groups and Muslim communities.

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