A week of carnage: ISIS attacks span the globe in just 7 days

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ISIS is under attack in Iraq and Syria but that hasn't stopped the terror group from inflicting deadly violence across the world. In the space of a week, at least eight attacks in tourist areas, shopping malls and outside a Starbucks cafe have wreaked havoc on people as from ISIS' self-declared caliphate as Jakarta, Indonesia. Some came at the direct hand of the group, others by affiliates or supporters on the other side of the world inspired by the terror organization.

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On January 7, ISIS was held responsible for a truck bombing on a police academy that killed more than 50 people in the Libyan town of Zliten. The group, which has a growing affiliate in one of the region's most volatile countries, was also said to be responsible for attacks on oil shipping ports in Libya days prior. The North African country is still reeling from four years of civil war as various factions fight for power and the nation's oil wealth— and ISIS is one of several militant groups taking advantage of the political vacuum.

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A week of carnage: ISIS attacks span the globe in just 7 days
Weapons and explosives confiscated by Iraqi security forces from Islamic State militants are on display at an Iraqi army base as security forces advance their position in northern Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the military operation to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, saying they made the most significant incursion into the city since it fell to the militants in May. (AP Photo)
Weapons and explosives confiscated by Iraqi security forces from Islamic State militants are on display at an Iraqi army base as security forces advance their position in northern Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the military operation to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, saying they made the most significant incursion into the city since it fell to the militants in May. (AP Photo)
Weapons and explosives confiscated by Iraqi security forces from Islamic State militants are on display at an Iraqi army base as security forces advance their position in northern Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the military operation to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, saying they made the most significant incursion into the city since it fell to the militants in May. (AP Photo)
Iraqi security forces look at confiscated Islamic State group weapons and ammunition after regaining control over the last week, in Ramadi, Iraq's Anbar province, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Following significant advances on Ramadi Tuesday, Iraqi forces are now preparing to push into the city center from the southwest and the north. Tuesdayâs advances, the most significant incursion into Ramadi since the city fell to the Islamic State group in May, have placed Iraqi forces along the southwest edge of Ramadi in the Tamim neighborhood and just north of the city at the former Anbar operations command. An Islamic State flag is seen hung upside down. (AP Photo/Osama Sami)
FILE - In this August 26, 2013, file image taken from amateur video posted online, appears to show a presumed UN staff member measuring and photographing a canister in the suburb of Moadamiyeh in Damascus, Syria. The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials. (Media Office Of Moadamiyeh via AP, File) TV OUT
FILE - in this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, Islamic State group militants hold their weapons in their combat positions in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday, Nov. 7, that he has authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces, which could more than double the total number of U.S. forces to 3,100. For the first time since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011, American military personnel will be on the ground in Iraqâs historically dangerous Anbar province, helping train the Iraqi military for its fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo, File)
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The ISIS effect reverberated across Europe, where that same day a knife-wielding man charged into a police station in a northern suburb of Paris. Shouting "Allahu Akbar," he was shot dead by police. An ISIS flag was found on his body. Then, hours later, a gunman ambushed a police car in Philadelphia, firing several shots at the police officer before running away. The officer he'd injured, Jesse Hartnett, chased the gunman and apprehended him.

Two days later, three tourists were stabbed outside a Red Sea hotel resort in Hurghada, Egypt, by militants suspected of links to ISIS. Then on January 9, carnage erupted in Baghdad, miles from ISIS-controlled territory. ISIS militants detonated a car bomb outside a shopping mall in one of the capital's busiest urban areas, and two suicide bombers detonated their explosives. The gun battle that ensued lasted for nearly two hours. In all, at least 17 people were killed and nearly 40 others were wounded. Across the country that day ISIS attacks claimed the lives of at least 33 people.

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Less than 24 hours later in Istanbul ten people were killed and more than a dozen wounded after a suicide bombing struck a heavily guarded town square popular with travelers. German travelers were among those killed, the deadliest attack on German nationals in 13 years.

In Jalabad the next day, Afghanistan, three ISIS-affiliated militants attacked a Pakistani consulate, killing at least seven members of the security forces. And Thursday Indonesians fled in fear as seven militants traded gunfire with police before blowing themselves up near a Starbucks cafe and a department store in downtown Jakarta. Two people were killed alongside the militants, and 20 others were wounded. In a statement claiming responsibility, ISIS said that their fighters had attacked Western targets and that Westerners themselves "will not enjoy security in Muslim countries."

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