Category Archives: Jihad

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/

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

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

WHAT A SHOCK (NOT): “Sharia law graduate” in charge of the Islamic State (ISIS)

by Christopher W. Holton

The Daily Mail came out today with what some folks must have thought was a revelation: the new head of the Islamic State is a sharia-educated scholar.

This should come as no surprise, the recently killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also a highly educated sharia scholar with a PhD is Islamic Studies.

Now, his successor, Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, is also an expert in sharia with a degree in sharia from the University of Mosul.

As an aside, just as was the case with al-Baghdadi, al-Salbi had also been detained and held by U.S. forces in Iraq. In fact, The Guardian reports that al-Salbi and al-Baghdadi met while being held prisoner by U.S. forces.

As frustrating as that is, the more important point here is that this is further evidence that Jihadists like al-Baghdadi and al-Salbi were not ignorant or fringe characters.

Sharia is close by at the core ideology of terrorist groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, HAMAS and other Jihadist organizations. According to sharia, the world must submit to Allah and live according to sharia as a one world state, referred to as a caliphate.

Sharia mandates violent jihad against non-Muslims to establish Islam’s rule worldwide. For those Muslims who cannot engage in physical jihad using force, sharia mandates that they support jihad financially—“Jihad with money.”

The brutal doctrine of sharia is both the basis of the Islamic State and the goal of the Islamic State. It is the code that they follow, it’s the path on which they walk and they will not rest until sharia is the law of the land everywhere.

So it should come as no surprise that sharia scholars lead ISIS.

The Shame of Sri Lanka and the West

by Christopher W. Holton

The West is in trouble. The entirety of the political class of Western civilization is in complete denial. And the leader of the Free World, America, is largely to blame.
There was a horrific attack overnight on our Christian brothers and sisters as they celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And today on the Sunday news shows, all the talking heads can talk about is the old-news Mueller probe and the Russian collusion hoax, the same story they’ve been forcing on viewers for 2 long years. And that includes Fox News.

The fact is, because the attack on Christians occurred in a country made up of brown people, the US news media just doesn’t care.

For years Boko Haram made blowing up Christian churches in Nigeria on Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday and Christmas a national sport. Al Shabaab carried out similar attacks in Kenya. The West barely took notice. We managed to at least mention some attacks here on TTB:

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2015/12/30/jihad-its-not-all-about-us-its-about-islamic-doctrine/

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/04/08/boko-haram-islamikaze-car-bomb-kills-38-christians-outside-easter-service-in-kaduna-nigeria/

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/12/28/christian-churches-attacked-in-kenya-on-christmas/

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/05/06/boko-haram-attacks-another-church-in-nigeria/

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/05/07/four-saudis-arrested-in-attack-on-catholic-church-holding-mass-in-tanzania/

Several years ago, Al Qaeda leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri made an announcement that Al Qaeda was turning east and forming Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. Overnight we saw the results of their work. We may not view 207 dead and 475 wounded Sri Lankans as any big deal (shame on us), but I can assure you, our enemies see it as a big deal.
The problem in that for us is that, by their own doctrine, which I have studied ad nauseam for 15 years, success will–MUST– embolden them.

Maybe the West can get lucky and the Jihadis will only keep killing Christians halfway around the globe…it seems too many of us are content with that.

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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