The Atlantic

Why Sri Lanka Was Probably Not Retaliation for Christchurch

Even if the retribution argument were consistent with prior ISIS doctrine, which it is not, the timing is off.
Source: Chamila Karunarathne / AP

I have seen this before. Eight guys form a circle, hands in the center, in the configuration known to players of team sports as a huddle. ISIS calls this huddle a ceremony of a term dating to the earliest days of Islam, and likely beforethat historically has involved the physical laying on of hands, to swear allegiance to a commander. Past recipients of the have included the Prophet Muhammad, the king of Saudi Arabia, and Saddam Hussein; it is not a ritual invented by ISIS. The most recent video of it out of

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic7 min read
The Apollo Engineer Who Almost Wasn’t Allowed in the Control Room
JoAnn Morgan stood out against the sea of men in skinny ties and glasses. But she was right where she belonged.
The Atlantic11 min read
The Friends Who Listen to BTS Together Stay Together
“Fans are often prone to saying, ‘This band saved my life.’ BTS made us realize we have to save ourselves.”
The Atlantic3 min read
The Art of Self-Defense Explores the Absurd Horrors of Masculinity
The satirical karate movie starring Jesse Eisenberg posits that these days, men do not have to dig deeply to find their inner brutes.