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The trouble with lone wolves

Monis' motive, revealed in the black "shehada" flag displayed in the café’s window, confirmed that Islamic extremism has successfully penetrated deep into the Southern hemisphere. Although it remains unclear to what extent Monis acted under the auspices of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the siege commanded rolling news coverage for nearly 24 hours, increasing the media power of these so-called "lone wolf" attacks and giving ISIS a publicity coup worth more than any oil refinery.

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