Counterterrorism officials say terror group has adapted to battlefield setbacks by calling on individuals to carry out ‘lone wolf’ attacks across the world

Although Islamic State is losing fighters and territory in Iraq and Syria, it remained the world’s deadliest militant organization last year and its number of attacks rose, according to a report from the University of Maryland.

Islamic State operatives carried out more than 1,400 attacks last year and killed more than 7,000 people, a roughly 20% increase over 2015, according to the university’s Global Terrorism Database. The increase occurred even as overall militant attacks worldwide and resulting deaths fell by about 10% in 2016.

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