Inside Story

How is ISIL expanding?

A year after declaring a ‘caliphate’, ISIL fighters are claiming attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia.

More than 60 people were killed on Friday in two attacks.

The first was a suicide bomb explosion at a mosque for Shia Muslims in Kuwait City – the first such attack in relatively stable Kuwait.

Then in Tunisia, European tourists were targeted in their resort. A gunman randomly opening fire among the beach umbrellas and continuing in a hotel.

The message, for many, is clear: ISIL is expanding its activities beyond areas already seized in Iraq and Syria.

But what are the limits of the group’s expansion?

Presenter: Kamahl Santamaria


Ahmed Gaaloul, member of the Shura Council for the Ennahdha Party.

Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, fellow at the Middle East Forum and specialist on the Islamic State.