Photo Gallery A New Side of Islamic State

Analysts once thought Islamic State was too weak to carry out terror attacks abroad. That, though, was a mistake. IS views terror as a means to an end -- and will continue launching attacks as long as they continue to serve its broader strategy.
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Experts, politicians and journalists once thought that Islamic State was too weak to carry out large-scale terror attacks abroad. But the group was simply concentrating on expanding its territorial holdings in Syria and Iraq. Now, it has changed focus. This image shows IS militants near the Libyan coastal city of Sirte.

Foto: AFP/ WELAYAT TARABLOS
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Islamic State has recently gone on something of a terror spree. This image shows bodies of victims of an attack in Ankara, Turkey on Oct. 10, 2015. Two detonations struck a peace rally in the city, killing 102 people.

Foto: AP/dpa
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On Nov. 1, a Russian plane broke apart in the sky above the Sinai Peninsula, with investigators ultimately concluding that a bomb on board the aircraft had caused the crash. Islamic State took credit for the attack, which killed all 224 people on board.

Foto: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/ REUTERS
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On November 12, two Islamic State suicide bombers blew themselves up in Beirut, costing the lives of 43 people.

Foto: KHALIL HASSAN/ REUTERS
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Just one day after the Beirut bombings, at least eight Islamic State attackers staged an assault on numerous sites in Paris, killing 129 people and injuring hundreds more.

Foto: Pascal Le Segretain/ Getty Images
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