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Attacks by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in Jordan and Lebanon in the past week reflect a troubling new angle to that group's strategy as its heartland in northern Syria and Iraq increasingly shrinks in the face of coordinated military attacks against it.The two suicide attacks at the north Jordan border post of Rukban and the north Lebanon town of Al-Qaa left over a dozen dead and scores wounded, and these followed an earlier attack against a Jordanian intelligence post near Baqaa refugee camp near Amman. They are particularly significant because they took place in locations that are assumed to be heavily protected by both the military and security forces of Lebanon and Jordan; and in Lebanon's case, the non-state power Hezbollah also plays a major role in securing Lebanon's border region from attacks from Syrian territory. Daesh knows this and therefore probably keeps carrying out attacks like this week's in Lebanon and Jordan, mainly to appeal to small groups of increasingly desperate citizens in lands that over the past half a century have been unable to generate conditions that meet the basic life needs of all their citizens.
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