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The Paris attacks are a quantum leap in Islamic State’s capabilities

The militant group is targeting its message at the West with new, deadly force

By Sharif Nashashibi  

Will the Paris attacks lead to an increased appetite for peace? © AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Friday’s multiple attacks in Paris represent a quantum leap in the capabilities of the Islamic State (IS) beyond the Middle East and North Africa, its primary arena of operations (the day before, it carried out a twin suicide bombing in Lebanon’s capital Beirut that killed dozens and wounded hundreds).

The group has repeatedly called for attacks against the West, but until…

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