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Has the Islamic State made the leap from state building to international terrorism---?
Investigations into the Metrojet disaster over the Sinai Peninsula concluded that an on-board bomb caused the deadly crash. Immediately following the incident, the Islamic States’ (IS) Egypt affiliate group, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility in the name of retaliation for Russia’s intervention against IS in Syria. While the level of involvement, if any, of IS leadership in the panning of the attack remains unknown, IS’ claim of direct responsibly for the subsequent attacks in Beirut and Paris have lead many to believe IS has made the leap from state building to international terrorism. The veracity of the IS’ claims suggests new implications for the capabilities of IS. and for the future role of both Russia and the West in Syria.