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Another Day of Jihad in America…and the National TV Yawns

posted by Christopher Holton

Don’t bother checking the television news networks for these two stories. You won’t find them.

The stories must not fit the narratives that the various 24/7 TV news networks are pushing. Or maybe they just won’t attract large audiences for ratings.

At any rate, yesterday two unrelated stories emerged in Utah and New Jersey that indicate that acts of individual Jihad continue to pose a significant threat to our public safety.

In St. George (YES, we noted the irony too), Utah, an unidentified high school student showed up to school with a backpack-borne Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Fortunately he did not detonate the bomb, which police indicated had the potential to cause a great deal of destruction and casualties.

The police went to the student/bomber’s home and found lots of bomb-making material as well as information on the Islamic State, which evidently the kid was promoting online.

Further investigation uncovered that the junior jihadi had taken down the American flag and replaced it with the black standard often associated with the Islamic State. He also admitted to spray painting ISIS graffiti on the school.

There is an old saying about the modern news media: “if it bleeds it leads.” Because this bomb did not detonate, the national news media is essentially ignoring this story.

For more details, check out this article from a local TV station in Utah:

http://kutv.com/news/local/juvenile-arrested-admits-to-replacing-us-flag-with-isis-flag-at-hurricane-school

Meanwhile, 2,000+ miles to the east, a little known jihadi attack case resurfaced in court yesterday. Thirty-four year old Ali Muhammad Brown pled guilty in court to murdering 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in late June 2014 near Newark.

Readers may recall when the murder occurred that authorities and the news media both played down the jihadi angle.

In court yesterday, not only did Brown admit that it was an act of jihad, he also confessed killing three other people as acts of jihad in Washington state.

Two of the victims in Washington state were leaving a gay night club, making this the second known act of jihad directed against gay Americans, along with the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. For some reason, the mainstream news media is ignoring the fact that jihadists continue to attack homosexuals around the world.

More details are available at this link from the Associated Press:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-accused-terrorism-pleads-guilty-killing-student-171225105.html

More on the Jihad Threat this Christmas and New Year’s Season

by Christopher W. Holton

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Both the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have issued audio, video or online threats to attack the West this Christmas.

These threats focus on European population centers, such as Paris and London, and New York City in America, though the possibility of Jihadi attacks in other places in the West can certainly not be discounted. History has shown that places as diverse geographically as Brussels, Berlin and San Bernardino have all been targeted, especially at Christmas time.

Lone Wolf or Individual Jihad?

The possible attacks in the West could take the form of organized, planned attacks directed from Jihadi leaders overseas or inside Europe or America, or they could be carried out by individuals “inspired” by Jihadist ideology.

Ironically, very often, Western media and officials seem to take some form of weird comfort when a deadly attack ends up being the work of an individual jihadi, as opposed to an organized cell or affiliate of a known terrorist group.

In reality, the opposite should be the case.

First of all, none of the Jihadist groups–Islamic State, Al Qaeda, HAMAS, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Lashkar e Taiba, Ansar al-Sharia, Abu Sayyef, Jemaah Islamiyeh–issue membership cards or wear uniforms. So a case can be made that classification of an attacker as “inspired” or “directed” could be a distinction without a difference.

But there is a difference between a cell such as the 19 hijackers who carried out the September 11 attacks after training and planning conducted by Al Qaeda’s leadership and infrastructure, and the husband and wife team who shot up a Christmas party of people they knew and worked with in San Bernardino. (Though it is vital that we understand that their acts are based on the same Islamic doctrine and they are tied together by the same Jihadist ideology.)

So which flavor of Jihadi is more dangerous?

If you’re on the receiving end of an attack, it makes no difference to you, but by casualty count, the cell would appear to pose a greater threat. On the other hand, the inspired attacks seem to happen much more frequently.

A case can be made that individual Jihadis pose a greater challenge for our intelligence and law enforcement communities.

Cells have to be organized, trained and communicated back and forth with. All of this provides opportunities for detection and even infiltration.

Individual jihadis don’t offer any of these potential vulnerabilities. One can infiltrate a cell, especially one in which members are using cell phones and email to contact each other and leaders elsewhere. How does one infiltrate one guy, like the Chattanooga, Tennessee shooter, the Orlando shooter or the Uzbeki vehicle jihad attacker in New York City?

If the individual jihadi isn’t communicating with others and no one is aware of his or her plans, how are our intelligence and law enforcement assets supposed to detect them “left of bang” (before the attack)?

Unfortunately, here in the West, and the U.S. in particular, we have failed to even properly identify the nature of the threat. A popular term in Western vernacular to describe the threat of individual jihad is the term “lone wolf.”

The term “lone wolf” does not appear in Islamic doctrine, nor is it part of any Jihadist group ideology.

What is part of Islamic doctrine and Jihadist ideology is the concept of Jihad as an individual obligation. So what we have been seeing around the world are acts of individual jihad based on Islamic doctrine and Jihadist ideology. Given the basis for these attacks, they are not “senseless violence.” We can explain and understand these attacks based upon Islamic doctrine and Jihadist ideology.

Most importantly, the wave of individual jihadi attacks in recent years is all part of plans articulated by Jihadi ideologues:

Successful jihad will only happen within an ummah [Islamic nation or community] in which the fighting creed is firmly established and clarified. This must happen in order to attain the “Revolutionary Jihadist Climate” that will spontaneously give rise to instruments of resistance.

 Violent jihad is as an individual duty obligatory upon every Muslim. All the ulema have said this…”

The Call to Global Islamic Resistance
Abu Musab al-Suri
Al Qaeda propagandist
Captured in Pakistan 2005

We are now seeing this “Revolutionary Jihadist Climate” in the West as evidenced by the rise of seemingly spontaneous acts of Jihad carried out by individual Muslims with no known direct contacts with Jihadist organizations.

It is this threat that we are most likely to see this Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Local Jihadi

Warnings in Jihadist literature and on Jihadi social media aren’t meant to give us a heads up. They are meant to inspire individual Jihadis to rise up and attack, in this case during the Christmas season. If recent history is any indication, we will see an act of deadly jihad somewhere in the West as a result of these communications.

The Christmas and New Year season is a particularly high-risk period as it offers unusually large numbers of potentially high-value and high-casualty targets, not just in places like New York, London, Paris and Berlin, but in just about every major city in the West.

The holiday season brings large crowds at sporting events, Christmas celebrations and ceremonies, churches, parks, restaurants and other gathering locations. In addition, the holiday season is also characterized by high volumes of leisure travel leading to large numbers of travellers in airports and train depots. The vast number of potential targets makes it virtually impossible for homeland security and law enforcement agencies to deploy enough personnel to successfully prevent every possible attack.

The Western holiday season is particularly attractive to Islamic jihadists because any successful attack, even a minor one, becomes a propaganda victory that can inspire others to follow suit and aid in Jihadist organization recruitment (despite what the U.S. government has said, Jihadis don’t recruit based on the prison at Gitmo; they recruit based on their successful attacks).

Jihadists have repeatedly demonstrated their will and capacity to plan and execute attacks during high-profile events. The Nice (July 216), Berlin (December 2016) and Manchester (May 2017) attacks show how individual jihadis and small cells can successfully carry out mass-casualty attacks. Despite their resounding defeats in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State continues to benefit from supporters in the West, which means there is a greater risk of terrorist attacks in the West during the holiday season.

We are most likely to see vehicle jihad using large trucks, knife jihad (stabbings) and shooting attacks, but improvised explosive device (IED) attacks are certainly also a possibility using pressure cookers (Boston marathon bombing), fertilizer and diesel fuel (1993 World Trade Center bombing) or propane tanks (failed Time Square VBIED attack).

This is why intelligence services and foreign service offices continue to issue bulletins almost on a daily basis for Europe. As Christmas nears, we should expect to see such alerts issued for major events in the U.S. as well.

British police arrest two Jihadis, disrupt “significant plot”

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by Christopher W. Holton

Late yesterday British counterterrorism police arrested two Jihadis who were reportedly planning attacks in London and Birmingham.

Details are scarce but it has been reported that the two suspects were 20 and 21 years old and were “inspired” by the Islamic State.

More to follow as information comes available.

British step up counterterrorism measures as threat of jihad looms

posted by Christopher W. Holton

British security services are preparing a new crackdown on terrorism as the threat against the UK continues to grow.

Ben Wallace, the security minister, said a total of eight planned attacks have now been thwarted since the Isis-inspired massacre in Westminster in March, bringing the total to 21 since 2013.

“Nearly 600 investigative leads are ongoing, covering about 3,000 people and approximately another 20,000 people who we have at some stage had concern about,” he told the Westminster Counter-terrorism Conference.

Around 850 people travelled from the UK to join Isis and al-Qaeda in Syria, with 15 per cent killed and half returned home, according to Government figures.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-terror-attacks-isis-threat-rising-new-terrorism-strategy-propaganda-online-islamic-state-a8072641.html

Islamic State Jihadis Arrested in Indonesian Bomb Plot

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

Indonesian police have arrested three suspected “Islamic State-linked” Jihadists for plotting bomb attacks on Indonesia’s presidential palace.

Two men and a woman were arrested in a house in West Bekasi, West Java.

In searching the house, the police uncovered three bombs.

Indonesian police believe all three are members of the Jamaah Anshar Khilafah Daulah Nusantara (JAKDN) network led by Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with the Islamic State in Syria who authorities believe masterminded a fatal attack in Jakarta in January.

http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/trio-arrested-for-planning-bomb-attacks-on-jakarta/703414

French Authorities Charge Third Man In Jihadist Murder of Priest

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

It appears the horrific Jihadist attack on the Catholic church in Normandy last month was surely a planned operation, with at least one conspirator 500 miles away…

French prosecutors filed preliminary charges of terrorism against a third man detained on suspicion of collaborating in last month’s murder of a French priest, suggesting the slaying was the work of a broader group of Islamic State followers.

The 21-year-old was detained Monday in the area of Toulouse, a city 500 miles south of the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where the attack took place in late July…

The latest man to be charged was in contact with (the attackers) though his cellphone and through the mobile phone app Telegram, the prosecutor’s spokeswoman said. He traveled from Toulouse to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and was in the town on July 24 and 25, on the eve of the attack.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/third-man-charged-with-terrorism-in-french-priests-murder-2016-08-13

Two New England Men Face Terrorism Charges

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

An Everett man and a Rhode Island man who are accused of plotting to try to help Isis will be back in court Thursday.

David Wright and Nicholas Rovinski are set to be arraigned on new terrorism charges.

Police say they worked with Wright’s uncle and allegedly planned to behead a conservative blogger.

Wright’s uncle was shot and killed in June after police say he attacked officers in Roslindale.

http://www.whdh.com/story/31836894/two-local-men-due-in-court-to-face-new-terrorism-charges

Report: Somali Imam Recruits Refugees for Jihad in Italy

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

This is a hugely important story which, naturally, is being ignored by the U.S. news media because it didn’t happen here…yet…or this time…or something…

An Imam at a mosque in southern Italy has been arrested for recruiting Somali refugees to launch terrorist attacks in Italy, including an attack at Rome’s central train station.

This is obviously important for two reasons:

1. It is another case of an Islamic religious cleric being involved in Jihadist terrorism, something that has happened frequently, but continues to be ignored by our bureaucratized counterterror apparatus and media.

2. The recruiting activity was being conducted among refugees seeking asylum in Italy.

There are lessons to be learned here, but we won’t hold our breath…

Campobasso (Italy), March 9 (IANS/AKI) Police arrested a Somali imam in southern Italy on Wednesday for allegedly inciting other asylum-seekers to stage jihadist terror attacks including on Rome’s central train station.

The cleric was detained in Campobasso at the Happy Family centre accommodating asylum-seekers in the city.

The imam “repeatedly encouraged other Muslims at the centre to commit acts of terrorism” showing them images of gruesome acts carried out by Islamist extremists, police said.

He also exalted the Islamic State’s deadly November attacks in Paris and urged guests at the Happy Family centre to travel to Syria with him and wage jihad, according to police.

Police seized the cleric’s phone as well as that of another Somali asylum-during searches at the centre on Wednesday.

Prosecutors in Campobasso are spearheading the ongoing probe in coordination with the national anti-mafia directorate and the European Union’s judical cooperation unit Eurojust.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/somali-cleric-arrested-in-italy-for-inciting-jihad-attacks-116030901463_1.html

Jihad: It’s NOT all about us…it’s about Islamic doctrine

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by Christopher W. Holton

There is a narrative in the West, promoted particularly by Muslim Brotherhood operatives and their allies, that violent Jihad is primarily the result of things that Westerners have done.

Among the excuses that apologists for Islamic atrocities give are:

• Islamophobia in the West and the USA in particular.

• US support for “oppressive” regimes in the Islamic world.

• US support for Israel.

• The presence of US troops in “Muslim lands.”

Linked below are news articles about two recent events that debunk the myth that Jihad is merely something that is performed in response to things we do or say.

The first is a report from India that there is a threat of terrorist attack at New Year’s from the Jihadist organization Lashkar e Taiba. Readers may recall that Lashkar e Taiba carried out a savage attack on Mumbai, India back in 2008, killing hundreds of innocent civilians.

Lashkar jihadists planning terror attacks on New Year, PM Modi, Parliament on hit list; alert issued

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modi-parliament-nuclear-installations-on-lashkar-e-toibas-radar-alert-issued_1839540.html

Next we have two reports about the annual attack on Christians in Nigeria carried out by Boko Haram (which is now part of the Islamic State).

Christmas Day Massacre: Boko Haram Kills 16, Including Children

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christmas-day-massacre-boko-haram-kills-16-people-children-kidnaps-villagers-burns-homes-153535/

Boko Haram kills more than 50 people in north-eastern Nigeria in two-day wave of attacks

…Boko Haram countered with a series of devastating attacks on towns in the country’s north-east, claiming dozens of fatalities in a bloody killing spree that began on Christmas Day.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-29/boko-haram-kills-more-than-50-people-in-two-days-of-attacks/7057662

There is simply no way to blame the threat of Jihad in India or savage Christmas day terrorist attacks on Christians in Nigeria on mythical “Islamophobia” or US foreign policy or even Israel.

The fact is, Jihad is based in Islamic doctrine–doctrine that is 1300 years old. Jihadists base their actions on Islamic scripture and not on videos produced in the West or speeches given by US presidential candidates.

It’s about time we learned this lesson in America.

US State Department Issues Terrorism Warning for Malaysia

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The US embassy in Malaysia warned American citizens yesterday to avoid a popular tourist street in the capital Kuala Lumpur because of “credible threat information regarding a potential terrorist act”. The embassy website issued the security warning for Jalan Alor, a street in the popular tourist distict of Bukit Bintang, and the immediate surrounding areas. 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/us-embassy-issues-terrorism-warning-for-street-in-kuala-lumpur

NOTE: We visited the US embassy web site for Malaysia and could find nothing about the warning. Our tax dollars at work. We speculate that the embassy didn’t post the warning because it might offend someone…

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