What Does Next Phase of Terrorism Mean for the West?

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Our collective strategy after the fall of Mosul and Raqqa has to make sense and be well executed…

With ISIS all but contained and defeated at their battlefield stronghold in Iraq, and on its heels in Syria, the ideology upon which the group was founded continues to grow and fester beyond the Middle East.
No matter the status of the boots on the ground jihadists in far away lands, it is imperative to our safety that we stay steps ahead of the next stage of terrorism.
Failure to do so will result in our new norm that resembles what those in areas like Iraq and Syria have grown accustomed.
Common held day to day ways of life will be threatened if our guards are let down.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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