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ISIS's 'ibadat' this Ramadan: Bloodshed in Middle East and Europe

By Pallavi

ISIS is keeping its promise of bloodshed among the non-believers this Ramadan. Hence, the terror attack on France, Tunisia and Kuwait.

Although it claimed responsibility for just the Tunisian attack, the planning and strategy is similar to what ISIS would have done.


However, could that be a reason enough to channelise all its resources toward mass crime?

Dr Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, a lecturer in the war studies department at King's College London, believes yes.

[Read: 25 killed, 202 wounded in Kuwait mosque explosion, ISIS claims responsibility]

He said,"He pointed out that jihadis tend to become more active during Ramadan. Just days ago IS militants urged their followers 'to make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers."

He further added,"Attacks like this have been been happening all the time. If this had happened over the space of a week, there would be less attention paid to it than there has been now when it has happened on the same day. Tunisia had the museum attack in March, there have been bomb attacks on Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia - these are normal patterns, normal targets, it's just striking it's happened same day, same time, but the fact the attacks are happening is not a big surprise."

[Read: Muslim clerics denounce attacks on Tunisia, Kuwait, France]

For the Tunisian government, this is the second major attack targetting its tourist spots, crippling its economy. The first one involved gunning down of 22 people at the Bardo museum three months ago. The FRench massacre at the Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher Supermarket, apart from the gruesome beheading in Grenoble were more of an open challenge thrown by the ISIS to the French authorities to come and stop them. This also shows the vulnerability of the country and the security state, especially when it came to light that the killers were known to the security officials.

ISIS gives open threat to security officials.

Kuwait's mosque was attacked as a mark of detest against the Shia muslims. So, there was a motivation behind all three incidents- to cripple a country economically, religiously or religiously.

'Travelling ideology'

Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, believes that there is more to these attacks and that the co-ordination was mere coincidences.

The attacks were motivated by a way of thinking.

He said,"What we are talking about is a travelling ideology, a spreading ideology, and though there are no causal links between the attacks, the ideology is one and the same. You could call it salafi-jihadism - ultra-conservative, and trans-national.In France there was inspiration and motivation, where you get lone wolves motivated by this ideology. In Tunisia there are organised networks that have a strategic plan, to paralyse the economy, to bleed it dry - tourism is so important to it. And in Kuwait there was an attack on a Shiite mosque, this is vintage IS, which has a genocidal ideology against the Shia."

The ISIS may not reach out extensively to rule the world, but with terror, their ideology spreads and intimidates. Their purpose is solved.

Their message loud and clear about the sheer helplessness that we live in:

"If you look at these attacks, and what has been happening over the last 48 hours, attacks by IS in various parts of Syria and Iraq, they want to make a bit of a splash, to get the message out, 'we're still here - it's a year since we declared this thing, and you haven't got rid of us."

The reason of attack may be varied, but the goal is the same-to instill fear.

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