In the space of 72 hours there have been three terrorist attacks carried out on three continents.
On January 12th, ISIS terrorists kill 11 people, nearly all of them German tourists, outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
On January 14th, mulitple bombs are detonated near the Sarinah shopping mall in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Two civilians are killed including a Canadian. ISIS claims responsibility for the attack as well.
On January 15th, al Qaeda gets in on the act by seizing hostages at the Splendid Hotel and Capuccino Cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, a landlocked country situated in northwestern Africa. Although the Burkina Faso security forces, with assistance from the U.S. and French militaries, manage to free 126 hostages, 23 civilians are killed.
This again demonstrates that Islamic terrorism is a global phenomenon. There may be different organizations and they may have different methods, but the objective is the same: Kill as many civilians as possible (and if they are tourists then so much the better) with the objective of getting the world to submit to Islamic rule.
For many Americans, Turkey, Indonesia and Burkina Faso are worlds away. Yet many people in New York, Boston, Fort Hood, Garland, Chattanooga and San Bernardino would tell you that they are not as far as we might think.