Al-Qaeda Is Imitating ISIS With 'Lone Wolf' Threats

Al-Qaeda is reportedly calling for "lone wolf" attacks in the U.S., a move that appears to mimic ISIS' threats.

Al-Qaeda Is Imitating ISIS With 'Lone Wolf' Threats
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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly called for so-called "lone wolf" attacks in the U.S.

The tactic has been effective for ISIS — at least when it comes to scaring people.

And while a few high-profile attacks have been linked to the terror group in the past, there's reason to be skeptical. (Video via KDFW)

University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole argues many of these attacks have more to do with mental illness than militancy. He writes that linking these attacks "plays into the hands of Daesh (ISIS, ISIL), which wants us to think it more powerful and widespread than it is." (Video via University of Michigan)

So, people who likely would've committed a violent act anyway link their attack to ISIS or are claimed by the group, boosting the group's profile and spreading fear.

With Al-Qaeda largely overshadowed by ISIS, it's not surprising they're now turning to some of the same tactics.

It's worth noting, however, the recording of Zawahiri where he makes this latest threat, is reportedly at least two months old.

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