March 28, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: A Week of Terrorism

• The past week exemplifies the future of the Islamic State: relentless internal setbacks amid persistent external attacks 

• The Islamic State is not a clandestine organization and cannot avoid significant defeats such as its recent loss of Palmyra in Syria

• Earlier this week, the group executed one of its most high-profile external attacks; the March 22 attack in Brussels has put an entire continent on edge

• Even in attacks unrelated to the Islamic State—such as the March 27 attack in Pakistan—the ideology of bin Ladinism runs deep.