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Federal Bureau of Prisons failing to properly monitor terrorist inmates

posted by Christopher W. Holton

This is nothing short of infuriating.

If the federal authorities can’t even properly monitor terrorists who are in their custody in prison, can they be expected to keep track of terrorist suspects who are at large?

This is yet another reason why the U.S. needs a Terrorist Offender Registry modeled after the sex offender registry so that state and local law enforcement, who tend to be more accountable, know when a convicted terrorist is living in their jurisdiction.

Federal prisons aren’t properly monitoring terrorist inmates, Justice Department IG report says…

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/federal-prisons-aren-t-properly-monitoring-terrorist-inmates-report-says-n1168616

Jihad Continues Despite Wuhan Virus

by Christopher W. Holton

While the overwhelming majority of the world is captivated by the Wuhan virus pandemic, not everyone is focused in that direction.

That was brought home forcefully in the past 24 hours by two significant Jihadist attacks in Africa which have received scant attention in the news media.

We’ve been pointing out for a long time that Africa is becoming the new ground zero in the global Jihadist insurgency.

It’s easy to dismiss Africa, mainly because Americans and Europeans have been dismissing Africa for centuries. But jihadist insurgencies are raging to various degrees in no fewer than 14 countries on the Dark Continent. Should Jihadists be successful in taking control of even half of those countries, it could threaten natural resource commerce and produce a humanitarian refugee crisis that dwarfs what we’ve seen so far.

Allowing Jihadists to have a safe base of operations anywhere in the world is a proven loser.

We must not forget that Al Qaeda’s war against the US pretty much started in Africa in 1998 when Osama Bin Laden was based in Sudan and launched attacks against US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

In the past 24 hours, Islamic State jihadists have struck in Nigeria and Mozambique with two major attacks.

In Nigeria, ISIS jihadis ambushed a Nigerian army unit and killed 70 Nigerian soldiers…

https://thearabweekly.com/isis-rejoices-epidemic-offshoot-group-kills-70-nigerian-soldiers

In Mozambique, ISIS jihadis captured the port city of Mocimboa de Praia in a night time amphibious raid…

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-24-mozambique-jihadists-capture-strategic-port-in-major-victory/

Houthis in Yemen use Wuhan Virus Fears to Impose Sharia

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Many people are ignorant of just who the Houthis are and what their goals are. Some casual observers in the US have assumed that the Houthis only oppose Saudi interference in the internal affairs of Yemen. They are often referred to as “rebels.”

That just isn’t the case. The Houthis are outright jihadists.

The Houthi movement’s official name is Ansar Allah, which means Supporters of Allah. The movement originated in northern Yemen in the early 1990s and they are called Houthis because their founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, was from the Houthi tribe. They are now led by his brother, Abdul Malik al-Houthi.

While the Houthis have gone to some lengths to portray themselves as an anti-corruption movement seeking to create greater economic opportunity for Yemenis and to resist Saudi influence, a closer examination shows that the movement is called Ansar Allah for a reason. They are trained, funded, and armed by Hezbollah and its sponsor, Iran.

Ansar Allah’s slogan is, “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam.”

One tell-tale sign of just what the Houthis are up to can be seen in this news article linked below. The Houthis have raided beauty salons in the name of fighting the Wuhan virus. Given that they have harassed such establishments before the virus ever appeared, what they’re clearly actually doing is imposing sharia, which is of course the goal of every jihadist group in the world…

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2195151/women’s-beauty-salons-raided-yemens-houthis

US air strike takes out 15 Al Shabaab Jihadis

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The Voice of America (VOA) is reporting that U.S. airstrikes in Somalia last week killed more than 15 al-Shabaab jihadis.

The U.S. has conducted 31 air strikes against al-Shabaab so far in 2020.

https://www.voanews.com/africa/africom-tells-voa-us-kills-15-al-shabab-terrorists-latest-somalia-airstrikes

Iranian man confesses to planning jihad in Germany

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, 35, confessed this week in British court to inciting terrorism in Germany and plotting to provide explosives for attacks.

According to The Guardian newspaper, Abdullah “bought more than 8,000 matches, fireworks, fuses, explosives precursors – or substances that could be used to manufacture explosives – and a remote control detonator. His intention was to help Omar Babek and Ahmed Hussein commit acts of terrorism in Germany. He encouraged others to commit terror attacks in the country, including by driving a car into a crowd, attacking people with a meat cleaver and setting off bombs.”

Read more at the Jerusalem Post…

https://www.jpost.com/International/Iranian-national-admits-to-planning-terror-attacks-in-Germany-621714

Justice Dept Seeks Lengthy Sentences for Two Convicted Illinois Jihadis

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison sentence for Edward Schimenti and a 17-year prison sentence for Joseph D. Jones, two Zion, Illinois men convicted in June 2019 on terrorism charges, including conspiracy for provide material support for the Islamic State (ISIS).

Read about the details at the Chicago Sun-Times…

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/3/20/21188436/feds-seek-prison-time-zion-men-convicted-terrorism

Gokmen Tanis convicted by Dutch court in jihad attack

posted by Christopher W. Holton

A Dutch court convicted 38-year old Gokmen Tanis on Friday, 20 March in the 18 March 2019 murder of 4 people on a train.

The Dutch man of Turkish descent was sentenced to life in prison.

Tanis boarded the tram, and drew a pistol with which he, while shouting “Allah,” shot innocent passengers in cold blood. He used a pistol equipped with a silencer to shoot the passengers and then jumped off of the tram and shot a driver sitting behind the wheel of a car.

Three people on the train died as did the man in the car.

The attack, which happened just days after the massacre at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand received very little news coverage at the time…

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/dutch-court-convicts-tram-shooter-of-deadly-terror-attack/ar-BB11sJJ0

The Economist: Jihad is as contagious as covid-19 in the Maldives

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The Economist is covering the story of how the Jihadists are threatening to ruin the island paradise of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean…

The arrival of covid-19 in the Maldives was hardly surprising, since 1.5m tourists from all around the world visit the Indian-Ocean archipelago every year. By March 18th 13 foreigners had been declared infected, although there have not yet been any confirmed cases among locals.

But a no less dangerous contagion—Muslim extremism—is also afflicting the islands. On February 4th three foreigners were stabbed in a suburb of Malé, the capital. (They survived.) Muslim militants claimed responsibility. It was the first incident of religious violence against foreigners since 2007, when jihadists set off a bomb in a park in Malé, injuring 12 tourists. Days after the stabbing, footage of a belligerent British visitor being manhandled by the police for dressing too scantily went viral, neatly illustrating the devoutly Muslim country’s awkward reliance on bikini-clad sun-worshippers for its prosperity

https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/03/19/jihad-is-as-contagious-as-covid-19-in-the-maldives

Pakistani doctor who worked at Mayo Clinic Arrested in Minneapolis trying to join the Islamic State

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Muhammad Masood, a Pakistani physician, who at one time had been a Mayo Clinic research coordinator, was arrested on Thursday 19 March in Minneapolis on a terrorism charge, after he told FBI informants that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and intended to carry out individual jihad attacks here in the United States.

This certainly is yet another case that flies in the face of the discredited theory that terrorists are driven to jihad by poverty and lack of opportunity…

This is also certainly not the first case of a physician actively joining a Jihadist organization. After all, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is a physician by trade and a former medical school professor. Additionally on 30 June 2007, Bilal Abdullah, a British-born Muslim doctor took part in the failed attack on Glasgow airport, for which he was sent to prison for no less than 32 years.

Read more on this latest arrest…

https://www.twincities.com/2020/03/19/pakistani-doctor-working-in-rochester-accused-of-trying-to-join-isis/

Islamic State’s Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla designated a specially designated global terrorist

posted Christopher W. Holton

The State Department is on top of things as usual.

Yesterday they designated the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla a specially designated global terrorist. This involves sanctions and other largely symbolic measures.

There is an aspect of this that is fairly infuriating though. Al-Mawla ascended to leadership of the Islamic State way back in October of 2019.

What took so long for the State Department to designate him in the first place?

Is the sanctions that accompany his designation are so significant, then why did in take over 4 months to impose them?

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