ISIS, defeated on the ground, returns to its roots with bombs and bloodshed

James Kitfield

When the little known Islamist group National Thowfeek Jamaath launched a series of suicide-bombing attacks targeting churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, triggering one of the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11, many counter-terrorism experts suspected the guidance of an unseen hand. The level of coordination and bomb-making sophistication seemed out of reach for a local group with little experience in terrorism.

The riddle was partly solved days later when the propaganda arm the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released photos and video footage of the alleged bombers with an ISIS flag.

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File image of Daesh fighters in Rakka, via Wikipedia.

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