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Importantly, however, none of the official statements posted by the Islamic State thus far have portrayed the bombings in Sri Lanka as retaliation for the slayings in New Zealand.

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Screen shots from Amaq’s videos of terrorists in Würzburg, Ansbach, Normandy, Balashikha, Berlin, Surgat, Grozny, Paris, Tajikistan, and Chechnya swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi before attacking:

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s representatives have also repeatedly bombed Shiite civilians at mosques and other locales in Kabul.

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While Ankara boasts of its commitment to defeating the Islamic State, Turkey continues to be a major jurisdiction for illicit finance – evident also in its facilitation of Iranian and Venezuelan sanctions evasion schemes. The U.S. should urge Ankara to adopt a zero tolerance policy toward terror finance, and to end its permissive policies and lenient treatment of jihadist networks within Turkey. Rather than jailing dissident academics, journalists, and opposition politicians, Ankara should instead focus its law enforcement resources on the jihadist networks and financiers who threaten Turkey’s national security.

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