People walk next to floral tributes, notes and candles placed in the road for victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack, on July 20, 2016 in Nice, southern France. AFP / VALERY HACHE
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Daesh (ISIS) has claimed several high-profile attacks in the West that it appears to have inspired rather than planned, sowing fear and boosting its profile at low cost.The strategy of inspiring attacks contrasts with many Daesh operations in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East that the group directly plans and for which it trains and arms militants.The language used in claims for attacks in Germany Monday and France last week pointed to an inspirational rather than operational role for Daesh.A French prosecutor said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who carried out the Nice attack, had an "unbridled sex life," drank alcohol and ate pork – actions prohibited under Islam.But the Tunisian-born man was said to have recently shown an interest in radicalism, which apparently inspired his rampage that killed 84 people, the third major attack in France in 18 months.
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