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Terror Analyst: Soft-Target Attacks Are Future of 'Global Jihad'

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 06:23 PM

The attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday represents the types of soft targets terrorists will be hitting more and more in coming years, CBN terrorism analyst Erick Stakelbeck said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

The attack on the Corinthia Hotel by three Islamic State (ISIS) militants killed at least nine people, five of them foreigners, and struck at an area of the building frequented by diplomats.

"This is a trend," Stakelbeck said. ISIS and al-Qaida would love to strike on U.S. or European soil, he said, but will settle for the next best thing: "If they can't hit us here [...] hit us over there."

That is why increasingly soft targets are emerging, such as a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013 and other places where Westerners gather, such as hotels, buses and trains.

Embassies and consulates still are targets, as was seen in Benghazi, but they often have heavy security, Stakelbeck said.

Not only are such places likely to have more Westerners, but also are enticing due to their propaganda value and lighter security.

"This is the future, and the present reality of this global jihad," Stakelbeck said.

A series of terror attacks across four days in Mumbai, India in 2008 ground the city to a halt, and Stakelbeck warned of similar economic impact in the United States if such an attack were carried out in a Midwest shopping mall during the Christmas season.

"Imagine the economic damage, the psychological damage that would cause, and that is the terrorist blueprint right now," he said.

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The attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday represents the types of soft targets terrorists will be hitting more and more in coming years, CBN terrorism analyst Erick Stakelbeck said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."
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