During four days, between April 8 and 11, 2019, the various ISIS provinces in Syria, Iraq and around the globe carried out a wave attacks in retaliation for the blow ISIS suffered in Syria. ISIS reported that eight of its provinces carried out more than 92 attacks in more than 80 areas. The attacks were accompanied by a media campaign and claims of responsibility entitled “Battle of vengeance for blessed [Province of] Sham” [Syria] .
Their objective was to raise the morale of ISIS operatives and supporters around the globe. They also aimed to send a message to the American-led coalition countries that despite the severe blow inflicted on ISIS in Syria, ISIS is growing stronger and its operatives are still active in Iraq, Syria and around the globe. In effect, the ISIS leadership did in fact prove that even after the loss of its province in the lower Euphrates Valley, it continues to function and is capable of carrying out a concentrated, extensive, coordinated effort in all its provinces worldwide. The retaliation attack illustrated that ISIS has changed into a global terrorist organization which focuses on guerrilla attacks on its many enemies, especially the security forces in the countries where it operates (while continuing its activities against Shi’ites and other groups of populations its considers “infidels”).
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Source: Wave of orchestrated ISIS terrorist retaliation attacks around the globe: overview and assessment – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center