Chris Meserole, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy reflects on the September 11 terrorist attacks sixteen years ago and discusses the changing tactics of terrorists since then. Meserole explains how the Islamic State has effectively “repackaged jihadism for the smartphone era” while also shifting to low-tech methods. He offers recommendations on how to combat this new era of terrorism.
How to address extremism among veterans
In some ways, the takeover of the Taliban makes it even more vulnerable to defections away from it to ISIS-K. [She also noted that over-the-horizon counterterrorism operations can only do so much saying,] killing a target doesn’t do anything to the ideology of the group. It doesn’t target extremism.