PARIS, France - The two brothers accused of carrying out the Paris massacre were killed in a dramatic raid Friday.
"We've almost gotten to the level where tracking or identifying these kinds of people is as difficult as stopping someone with mental illness who's going to shoot up a movie theater or a restaurant," said David Adler, a former CIA officer.
Adler said we should expect to see these types of small, unsophisticated attacks continue because the U.S. and its allies have made it extremely difficult for terror groups coordinating over several countries to engage in the type of planning it would take to launch large-scale terror attacks.
"I think to some degree it's a sign they are getting more and more desperate," Adler said.
The Koucahi brothers, suspected in the attacks, were French citizens born to parents of Algerian descent. One had reportedly spent time in jail for ties to terrorism. The other went to Yemen for training.
"There's no real pattern in their (terrorists') lives, except patterns of nonachievement and mediocrity," said Dr. Mitch Roth, a criminal justice professor at Sam Houston State University who specializes in French counterterrorism strategy. "They had their targets picked out. They knew who they were gunning for, so it was just something that happened."
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