Islamic State claiming more attacks in all but three of their regions of operation during August 2020

Islamic State Khurasan (ISK) Assault Team on Jalalabad Prison, Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Islamic State built upon on the increased operational tempo initiated late last month during Eid al-Adha, claiming more attacks in all but three of their regions of operation during August 2020. Despite concerted counter-terror operations undertaken by the differing branches of the Iraqi security establishment, Islamic State cells claimed 100 attacks across the country, particularly in areas previously deemed liberated from their presence; 25% increase from the month before. The car bombing in Ramadi on 1 September may presage a new Islamic State campaign in the country’s urban areas. Affiliates in Nigeria, Mozambique, Sinai and Afghanistan remain a dangerous threat to the militaries charged with dislodging them. Case in point, Islamic State Central Africa have managed to hold territory, Mocimboa da Praia Port, for the last three weeks; much longer than TRAC was anticipating.

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