Sydney Siege May Have Been 'ISIS-Inspired,' But Lone-Wolf Attacks Are Not Militant Operations

December 15, 2014 7:51 PM

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Sydney Siege May Have Been 'ISIS-Inspired,' But Lone-Wolf Attacks Are Not Militant Operations

The deadly siege of a Sydney café that ended Monday night, by a Muslim man who said he had pledged allegiance to the "Khalifa," does not necessarily mean the Islamic State group has infiltrated Australia.

When Man Haron Monis took over the Lindt Café, he forced his hostages to hang a black flag inscribed with the Shahada, the Muslim creed. Though it was not the ISIS flag, the 37-year-old Iranian-born man wrote on his website that he had pledged allegiance to the “Khalifa,” or caliph, and then reporte...

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