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Islamic State wants the West to overreact

A growing apocalyptic vision of creating a new world under Islam may be the most plausible reason for the extremists' shift in strategy.

A light installation on the banks of the Saone river in Lyon, France, to pay tribute to victims of the Paris attacks. ISIS has claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and, most recently, San Bernardino, California.

Los Angeles

THE horrifying attacks in Paris indicate that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh, has shifted strategy. While ISIS harshly condemned Western secularism, originally it did not attack many Westerners. The first US victim was journalist James Foley in August 2014, and