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Phares to Fox.com: "The Islamic State and al Qaeda are on a global race to hit anyone anywhere, over world Jihad leadership"
By Dr Walid Phares
Feb 2, 2015 - 2:58:05 PM

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In an interview with Fox.com Dr Walid Phares the author of "Future Jihad" and "The Confrontation" said "the Islamic State and al Qaeda are now in a worldwide race, a sort of a world cup, to hit every perceived enemy, anywhere in the world, to win the contest of world Jihadi leadership."

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In an interview with Fox.com Dr Walid Phares the author of "Future Jihad" and "The Confrontation" said "the Islamic State and al Qaeda are now in a worldwide race, a sort of a world cup, to hit every perceived enemy, anywhere in the world, to win the contest of world Jihadi leadership."

“The main goal of striking so-called soft targets is to intimidate and deter by projecting that economic interests, companies and eventually the public will pressure the (Obama) administration into forgoing its air campaigns in Iraq and Syria,” terrorism scholar Walid Phares, author of "The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad," told FoxNews.com

“While another goal is to produce video propaganda for recruitment, there is also the side dividend of demanding protection money from companies, telling them, ‘If you don’t want this to happen to you, here’s what it will cost.’”

The battle for recruits, meanwhile, is as much focused on co-opting them from Islamic State’s terroristic, and much longer-established rival, Al Qaeda, than on attracting newly radicalized Islamists.

“It is a race for the world leadership of the Jihadist movement,” said Phares.

The Obama administration’s refusal to be both specific and explicit about the driving forces behind current waves of international terrorism may prevent it from being able to curb what Phares considers to be an inevitable expansion of soft-target attacks.

“For now they use descriptive terms, such as ‘extremism,’” he said. “But the administration needs to identify the threat by defining it ideologically and politically so that we can [identify] partners in the Arab and Muslim world.”

Walid Phares to Fox.com

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/02/terrorists-soft-target-strategy-puts-anyone-and-everyone-in-danger/


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