Logic Programming Helps US Researchers to Analyze ISIL Military Activity

© AP Photo / UncreditedIslamic State militants parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle on a main road at the northern city of Mosul.
Islamic State militants parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle on a main road at the northern city of Mosul. - Sputnik International
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Researches from US Arizona State University used the principles of logic programming and causal reasoning to analyze the sequence and causality of the Islamic State extremist group's activities, a newly released report shows.

This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The report describes how US-led international coalition airstrikes affect ISIL operations in Syria and military developments in Iraq. The researchers identified several patterns that may help to predict spikes in ISIL activity, including suicide attacks and arrests.

One of the Islamic State's tactics revealed in the report is the use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks to proceed large-scale infantry operations to distract the Iraqi Army and police.

The group is also believed to use indirect fire bombings and explosive devices in the aftermath of coalition airstrikes.

The scientists used a data-driven approach to analyze 2,200 incidents of ISIL-related military maneuvers, both carried out by the militant group and by the coalition fighting against it.

According to media reports, the study, which is the first publicly available data-based research of ISIL activity, will be presented at a conference next week.

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