Pushing ISIS out as the ruling party in an area won’t end the organization’s ability to enact violence against people in Iraq and Syria. That’s according to a report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
The study found the Islamic State carried out nearly 1,500 attacks in 16 cities since Iraq and Syria were liberated from the Islamic State. According the report, cities in Iraq appear to experience more violence than do cities in Syria. The report found 56 percent of attacks from the Islamic State were indirect projectiles, 15 percent were from direct fire weapons, 11 percent from IEDs, 8 percent from armed assaults, 5 percent were from suicides bombings and 2 percent were from suicide fighters. The remaining three percent were attacks that fell under two or more categories.