Monthly Archives: February 2019

Islamic State Supporter Amer Alhaggagi Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

posted by Christopher W. Holton

This is yet another example of the inadequacy of the U.S. criminal justice system for dealing with Jihad.

Amer Alhaggagi of California was an admitted Islamic State “supporter.” He set up Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus/Gmail accounts for other Islamic State supporters and posted terroristic threats online.

He even identified targets for an Islamic State member who turned out to be an undercover federal agent.

In the process of all this, he also ran an identity theft operation.

For all this he has been sentenced to just over 15 years in prison. Alhaggagi is 23 years old. When his assigned sentence ends, he will be 38 years old. But the reality is that he will be released sooner than 15 years if he behaves himself in prison.

So we have to HOPE that when he does get out of prison, he will have turned into a peaceful, patriotic American. Excuse me for being skeptical. Given the level of Jihadi activity in America’s prisons, it is just as likely that Alhaggagi will emerge from prison even more devout.

This is part of a wider pattern. According to the George Washington University Program on Extremism, 123 Islamic State members or supporters in America have been convicted of various crimes over the past few years.

The average sentence for these convicts was 13.5 years. And it is highly likely that these people will NOT serve their entire sentences.

America needs to overhaul its sentences for terrorist-related offenses and it desperately needs a terrorist offender registry modeled after the sex offender registry that has worked successfully for decades.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-isis-supporter-who-bragged-of-bomb-plots-gets-more-than-15-years-in-prison

Turkey Backs Pakistan in Kashmir Conflict

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Turkey has wasted no time in backing Pakistan in the conflict over Kashmir, despite the fact that the violence began with a terrorist attack launched from inside Pakistan in which 40 Indian troops were killed.

This is just the latest sign that Recep Erdogan of Turkey seeks to recreate the Ottoman Empire as a modern-day seat of a caliphate.

Turkey has often “looked the other way” as jihadists transited through its territory and even used it as a launching pad. Erdogan’s main problem with the Islamic State was that it threatened his desire to have Turkey re-emerge as the seat of the caliphate when it declared itself a caliphate…

http://www.radio.gov.pk/27-02-2019/turkey-categorically-announces-to-stand-by-pakistan-in-pace-of-indian-aggression

Escalation in Kashmir

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The latest round of fighting started with a Jihadi attack by JeM on India-controlled Kashmir and has now escalated to an air war between India and Pakistan…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6750329/Pakistan-shoots-Indian-jets-carries-airstrikes-Kashmir.html

French Commandos Kill Al Qaeda-affiliated Leader Yahia Abou Hamman in Mali

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Yahia Abou Hamman, killed by French Commandos February 21, 2019 in Mali

On February 21, French troops fighting Jihadist terrorists in Mali killed one of the region’s leading jihadists from an organization affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Yahia Abou Hamman was second in command of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an umbrella group for Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in the Islamic Maghreb.

Commandos belonging to France’s Barkhane force identified Hamman in a convoy north of Timbuktu. In an operation involving air and ground forces, French troops killed several Jihadis, including Hamman.

India and Pakistan on the Brink of War over Kashmir?

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Jaish-e-Mohammed flag

Tensions are once again high between India and Pakistan. Earlier today, the Indian air force struck targets in Pakistan, reportedly resulting in 300 deaths. The target was a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camp. This was the first air strike by India on Pakistani territory since the 1971 war between the two nations…

World Tribune has more details…

https://www.worldtribune.com/nuclear-armed-showdown-indian-airstrike-kills-300-in-pakistan-terror-camp/?fbclid=IwAR2F_bMVjde_kbc9VJIIy8hqAlr7JYOLI0FNgEFyIQ2-Vpg0SapJVWXNBO4

Jaish-e-Mohammed is a Pakistani jihadist organization that has carried out terrorist attacks in Kashmir since 2000.

For a complete background on the organization, check out these two links:

http://web.stanford.edu/group/mappingmilitants/cgi-bin/groups/view/95?highlight=Mujahideen+Army

https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/Listedterroristorganisations/Pages/Jaish-e-Mohammad.aspx

The Indian air strikes came in response to an attack by JeM on an Indian army post in Pulwama, Kashmir. 40 Indian soldiers were killed in that attack…

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-struck-biggest-training-camp-of-jaish-in-balakot-large-number-of-terrorists-eliminated-governm-1999390

The facility that the Indian air force struck was identified by the U.S. military as a Jihadi training camp 15 years ago when a JeM-trained Jihadi was incarcerated at Gitmo…JeM is affiliated with Al Qaeda…

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/15-years-ago-us-took-note-of-jaish-e-mohammeds-terror-training-camp-in-balakot-1999829

A Hindu Perspective on Islamic Jihad

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Hindus have a unique perspective on the threat from Islamic jihad in both its violent and civilizational forms.

Many Christians and Jews are not aware that Hindus have been the victims of Jihadist genocide on a scale greater than just about any other religious group (other than, ironically, Muslims).

The web site Indiafacts has published an interesting perspective on the conflict between India and Pakistan, principally through a religious prism. It is well worth reading. Here are excerpts and a link to the article…

The Pakistan Mentality: Why it is dangerous and why it must be crushed

Why are Hindus hated? Because for over 14 centuries India resisted efforts to pass through Islam’s digestive tract and become a distant memory. The price of this struggle was colossal – hundreds of millions of Hindus were killed, all the ancient Indian universities were razed and hundreds of thousands of temples were demolished.

The Pakistan mentality involves:

• An implacable hatred of Hindus (as well as the less numerical groups such as Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, atheists and Christians).
• The defining belief that India is an ex-Islamic country that needs to be forcibly or demographically returned to Muslim control.
• Unwillingness to accept India as a Hindu majority country.
• Willingness to destroy themselves if in the bargain they can destroy India or at least cause it major damage.

http://indiafacts.org/the-pakistan-mentality-why-it-is-dangerous-and-why-it-must-be-crushed/

Some Reminders of the Enemies Within

by Christopher W. Holton

For a few reasons, the American public is often in a state of complacency when it comes to the threat from Jihad.

One reason is simply that Americans are busy, hard-working people who focus on their own lives and don’t obsess over threats and bad news on a daily basis.

But the other reason is that our national news media often fails to report on terrorism-related news stories because they are too obsessed with the fantasy of Russian collusion and American pop culture.

But the threat of Jihadist terrorism is still with us and local media around the country still report the threat. Here are some examples that you may not be aware of from just the past couple of weeks…

On 29 January, Abdullah Ali Yusef, aka Damon Joseph, was indicted on federal terrorism charges in Ohio after being arrested in December in a plot to attack a synagogue:

https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2019/01/ohio-man-indicted-accused-of-plotting-attack-on-synagogue-in-support-of-isis.html?fbclid=IwAR2S66aPzWe6bN2KZM6rpsvy26ynUuRhga6QRuL1Jjgt17ETMtyBh4l5-_k

On 30 January, Islamic State supporter Charlton LaChase of Fort Pierce, Florida, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervision, for making terroristic threats. (Just an aside: 18 months seems to be a ridiculously light sentence for an Islamic State supporter who made terroristic threats.) Fort Pierce clearly has a problem; the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Jihadi shooter, Omar Mateen, was from Fort Pierce and attended a mosque in Fort Pierce where his father, an avowed Taliban supporter, was a prominent congregant.

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/crime/st-lucie-county/2019/01/30/fort-pierce-man-sentenced-threatening-mass-murder-isis/2726075002/?fbclid=IwAR2Z9N8EH_vS5fZZ1646zBJ0KpXYgA51Lm-W-7co4_reP6U3ph-yIxlPpsU

On 8 February, Wesley Dallas Ayers of Anderson, South Carolina, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for building and placing improvised explosive devices in South Carolina and making threats to wage Jihad. Ayers is a convert to Islam who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State…

https://www.independentmail.com/story/news/2019/02/08/anderson-man-who-warned-jihad-sentenced-30-years-using-homemade-explosives/2811963002/?fbclid=IwAR3Gu3Q6UIyCGdrKMoQmWdEEYvBZd0y2dQ_D9YCFokNHjfOBmANV_95CTUA

Also on 8 February in Arlington, Texas, Michael Kyle Sewell was charged with conspiracy to provide material support for a terrorist organization after recruiting on behalf of Lashkar e Taiba (LeT), the Jihadist terrorist organization responsible for the horrific attack on Mumbai, India in 2008.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2019/02/08/arlington-teenager-online-recruiter-pakistani-terrorist-group-feds-say?fbclid=IwAR1Y4DpcRaYXbrLwnhbw6cCDKeqZG7cWbzQMNzXTCV4AMlxYHXIiEvFD_Mg

On the same day, Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, of New York City, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight bound for Pakistan so that he could join LeT and join the Jihad. He was also a convert to Islam who expressed a desire to behead people…

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/29-year-old-american-man-on-way-to-pakistan-to-join-let-arrested-at-us-airport/story-zFX4OFPAk14yMTtkIT53wN.html?fbclid=IwAR25QPkzHhcl72Jk9_8cj1UeqgPiJahO_i4NTpapBrQVl_GNdYc2Gsdr5NE

If you were not aware of these stories it’s not your fault. None of them received significant national news coverage here in the U.S. Only media in the localities where these men were arrested and sentenced covered the stories, with the exception of the story involving the LeT recruit in New York—that one was covered by news organizations in India, but you wouldn’t have seen much about it on CNN.

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