Quoted: Daniel Benjamin on the Changing Strategy of ISIS

“It’s clear that they’ve diversified their strategy and are determined to target more soft targets outside their areas, that is, in Syria and Iraq,” Daniel Benjamin, the director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding and a former counterrorism official at the State Department, told The New York Times in a story about a recent ISIS attack on civilians in Istanbul, Turkey.

“There is a paradoxical situation where they seem to be inflicting more pain while at the same time they are suffering setbacks.”