The terrorist group that calls itself Islamic State (ISIS) has increased the "tempo and intensity" of operations in Iraq and Syria over the past three months in response to losing vital territory, according to IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (IHS JTIC).
The global analysis firm noted that in the first three months of 2016 it had recorded 891 attacks and 2,150 non-militant fatalities in Syria and Iraq – an increase of 16.7 percent and 43.9 percent respectively, in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2015. It added that the attack figures for the first quarter of 2016 were the highest since ISIS took the city of Mosul in 2014.
"Following territorial losses, we are seeing a steady upward trend in the tempo of Islamic State operations worldwide, but particularly in Syria and Iraq," said Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre in a statement accompanying the new analysis published Monday.
"Attack and fatality numbers have jumped. The group is resorting more and more to mass-casualty violence as it comes under heavy pressure from multiple angles."