“Daesh Uses The ‘Power of Its Ideology’ to Spread Terror”

“Daesh Uses The ‘Power of Its Ideology’ to Spread Terror”

The Valdai Club
Press Features

23 Aug 2017

The Valdai Club reports:

The terrorist attacks in Spain have shown that ISIS is able to spread through the power of its ideology, Richard Burchill, Director of Research and Engagement at the TRENDS Consultancy, told valdaiclub.com in an overview.

Fifteen people were killed, not including the attackers, and over 130 were injured, after ISIS-aligned terrorists rammed cars into pedestrians in Barcelona and Cambrils, and then attacked them with knives. In addition, an accidental explosion of gas cylinders took place in the town of Alcanar on August 16, where the attackers were believed to be based.

“The geographical extent of attacks does appear to be spreading. I do not believe this is due to any strategic organisation by Daesh or others. Rather it demonstrates the power of the ideology that these and other extremist groups are selling,” Burchill said.

According to Burchill, the random nature of the attacks is a great concern, as the terrorist group is able to manipulate religious tenets to inspire individuals to commit attacks in its name.

To read the full article, follow this link: http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/daesh-ideology-terror/?sphrase_id=146579