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Islamic State Attacks in Kuwait, France and Tunisia

It seems as if every time you look at the news, there has to be something about yet another Islamic State related attack somewhere in the world. In fact, I know this, because it feels as if every single day I am writing one or two pieces about attacks all over the world that are linked to this group. This group is just heinous.

Today alone, 39 people were killed and 36 were injured after an attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse. Majority of the murdered people were foreigners. At least five Britons have been confirmed dead, as well as some Belgians, Germans and at least one Irish citizen.

According to security officials, one attacker posing as a swimmer was carrying a rifle under a parasol and opened fire on the beach before entering Sousse’s Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba, shooting as he continued walking past the pool. The attacker was shot dead by police officer.

Victims of the massacre are in shock as they were innocently vacationing on the beach, not expecting to be dragged into the same attacks as what was experienced in France and Kuwait today. But the increase in attacks in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is exactly what the Islamic State had promised.

The attack that occurred in France today was caused by Yassin Sali, 35, an Islamic radical who drove his vehicle into the Air Products factory that resulted in an explosion in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, a city about 25 miles from Lyon, France. Sali’s boss was later found beheaded beside flags with Arabic inscriptions on them. As a result of this attack, France has been put back on to its highest terror alert.

Later on in the day, in Kuwait, a suicide bomber walked into the Imam Sadiq Mosque and blew himself up, killing at least 25 people who were in attendance for prayers.

And then, the day has so far ended with the attacks in Tunisia where one shooter was killed and another is suspected to have been arrested, but this has yet to be confirmed by officials.

Meanwhile on our side of the world, no one seems to be quite as terrified. All of these attacks demonstrate the Islamic State’s desire to expand, and the fact that it does not care who gets in their way, they will kill anyone and attract anyone to join their cause. Personally, it is the fact that they really do not have a care in the world who they hurt that is the most terrifying thing about this organization. You never know where they will attack and when, but you will know that whenever they do attack, it will be absolutely horrendous and violent.

About Emily Hersey

Emily is an African Studies and History student who loves reading, the gym, hip hop and horses. If she's not working on her latest research project, she's definitely working towards her next trip to South Africa and doing her Master's degree there. Contact Emily: [email protected]