A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city (REUTERS/Stringer).

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Is there a method to ISIS's madness?

November 24, 2015, Shadi Hamid

In the wake of the Paris attacks, to what extent should ISIS be thought of as rational? And how that should inform efforts to counter it? While many outside observers think the Islamic State made a major miscalculation in potentially provoking a massive retaliatory response, Shadi Hamid points out that the group probably doesn’t agree, and that officials should be careful about presuming to know what ISIS wants.

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