The Islamic State terror group (IS) has continued is worldwide attacks since its inception in 2014 and has gone on to carry out an unprecedented number of terror attacks and has inflicted multiple casualties. Its methods range from sophisticated attacks such as suicide bombings, mass shootings, blowing up a passenger aircraft in flight and hostage taking to simpler but effective attacks such as vehicular homicide and knife attacks.
Saurav Sarkar is a Research Associate at the Center for Air Power Studies, Western Air Command, New Delhi, India. Previously, he was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Amity Institute of International Studies, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India where he is a Member of its Area Advisory Board. He did his BA (Honors) in English from the same university. He is also qualified to be an Assistant Professor as per the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test requirements. His research interests include counter-terrorism, Afghanistan, Chinese naval strategies in the Indo-Pacific, and China-Pakistan strategic ties. Currently analysing terrorism trends in South Asia with emphasis on the Islamic State and its affiliates; studying terrorist propaganda/writings and examining related government reports.