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The Christian Science Monitor: “These attacks shows that the Islamic State has sleeper cells and that they can activate them whenever they want to,” says Kawa Hassan

Interview to The Christian Science Monitor

“These attacks shows that the Islamic State has sleeper cells and that they can activate them whenever they want to,” says Kawa Hassan, an analyst at Hivos, a Dutch NGO, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center.  “Abu- Bakr Al Baghdadi [the leader of IS] wants to sent a message that they can wage a frontal war… [and] remind Kurdish and Iraqi authorities that they can revert to their traditional tool of trade, which is suicide attacks,” says Mr. Hassan. The use of foreign fighters sends a message to potential recruits that IS is truly waging “global jihad.”  “Despite all the security presence in Kirkuk, it is still a no man’s land,” says Hassan, the analyst.

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