January 8, 2016

WINNING THE WOT:

IS leader's threat to Israel a sign of setbacks, expert says (ERIC CORTELLESSA January 7, 2016Times of Israel)

Despite an audio recording that surfaced last week of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, threatening to turn Israel into "a graveyard" for Jews, one of Washington's leading counterterrorism experts doesn't think such rhetoric forebodes any shift in the organization's agenda.

Amid a series of recent setbacks -- including losses on the ground in Iraq and Syria and an intensified international effort to stem the flow of foreign fighters and funding -- Baghdadi's message comes at a time when the Islamist terror cell needs to inspire Salafi jihadists to "circle the wagons around a common enemy," said Matthew Levitt, director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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