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Three NFL Players Took a Knee on Veterans Day

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posted by Christopher W. Holton
Three NFL players, including Eric Reid, took a knee on Veterans Day…and I have HAD IT with the NFL. The league and its players are being dishonest AND dishonorable in this case and, though this is not directly related to Jihad, I feel compelled to comment on this whole stupid saga.
 
NFL players are trying to change the facts of their disrespect for the flag and the national anthem after the fact. Colin Kaepernick started all this and his protest was NOT misunderstood, despite what the players may say today.
 
At the same time he was drawing attention to himself with his disrespect for the flag and the anthem, he was going around WEARING A FIDEL CASTRO T-SHIRT.
 
Fidel Castro was no champion of human rights. He was a Communist dictator. So, no one can tell me that this all started as a misunderstood effort to bring attention to police brutality or oppression or any such nonsense.
 
That is all a pack of lies.
 
Kaepernick was and is simply an anti-American Left-wing agitator and those who have followed in his path, particularly Eric Reid, should rightfully be categorized as such until such time that they rebuke Kaepernick and his demonstrations.

BREAKING: Almost Certainly Knife Jihad at Mall of America

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Reports are surfacing about a stabbing attack at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

We are going to go ahead and speculate that this is a case of knife jihad. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. Jihadists have repeatedly threatened the Mall of America for attack in communications online and elsewhere.
  2. Officials are saying that the motive is “unclear.” We consider this a giveaway that it is a case of Jihad. Minnesota is absolutely overrun with Leftist political correctness. They may continue to deny the Jihad angle in this incident for some time. But we have reason not to trust law enforcement in that area, especially given a certain sheriff up there who is seriously soft on Jihad.
  3. There is a large Muslim population in the Bloomington area and it includes large numbers of Somalis, some of who have been caught supporting Al Shabaab. The U.S. has conducted a serious campaign against Al Shabaab in Somalia this year, with 26 known strikes against the group.

We shall see…

U.S. Continues to Step Up Campaign Against Al Shabaab Jihadists in Somalia

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

The policy of the Trump administration seems clearly aimed at pursuing violent Jihadists  militarily where ever they gather. This stands in stark contrast to the Obama era policies which allowed violent Jihadists to have safe havens in various areas of the world.

No where is this more true than in Somalia, where Al Shabaab has become resurgent. Clearly the U.S. is now actively engaged in pursuing and destroying Al Shabaab jihadists…

U.S. forces say they have carried out three drone strikes within 24 hours in Somalia, stepping up their campaign against the Islamic extremist rebels of al-Shabab and the Islamic State group. With these three attacks, the U.S. has now carried out 26 attacks in Somalia against extremist targets in 2017.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-carries-drone-strikes-extremists-somalia-51099066

 

 

Internal Threat from Jihad Persists in France Two Years After Paris Attacks

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

Two years after the Jihadist attacks that have turned Paris into a virtual armed camp, the plague of Jihad that the French imported into their society continues to pose a violent terrorist threat.

Two years after militants killed 130 people in co-ordinated attacks across Paris, French officials say there remains an unprecedented level of “internal” threat.
With Islamic State (IS) losing ground in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of French citizens – and in some cases their children – are expected to attempt to return to France, leaving the government in a quandary over how to deal with them.

 

There has also been the passage of more stringent French legislation, with the most recent law, effective this month, giving police extended powers to search properties, conduct electronic eavesdropping and shut mosques or other locations suspected of preaching hatred.

While he has ended the state of emergency brought in after the attacks, heavily-armed soldiers still patrol the streets of Paris daily, and barely a week goes by without a police operation to round up suspects. According to the interior ministry, extraordinary measures have helped intelligence agencies thwart more than 30 attacks in the last two years. Last week, the police arrested nine people and another was apprehended in Switzerland in a co-ordinated counter-terrorism operation.

 

French prosecutor Francois Molins has said that while larger cells are still plotting, more attacks are likely to come from isolated individuals using “low-cost” methods such as cars or knives to kill.
“We are witnessing a new bout of isolated actions, 11 since the beginning of the year, which supports the idea of an increasing endogenous threat,”

 

Of particular concern is what to do about hundreds of French citizens who went to fight with IS and may now seek to return. French secret services estimates that around 690 French nationals are now in Iraq and Syria, including 295 women. Estimates from late 2015 suggested around 2,000 French citizens had gone to fight with IS.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/570952/France-frets-over-internal-threat-two-years-after-

 

 

 

Reacting With Tactical Defensive Measures, Ignoring Strategic Realities

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by Christopher W. Holton

In the wake of the recent vehicular Jihad attacks that have occurred in France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Israel and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, cities in America are beginning to take prudent steps to attempt to prevent more such attacks here. An example is Miami:

The most recent of Europe’s vehicle-into-crowd attacks will alter the look of South Beach’s Lincoln Road — concrete barriers will soon frame the internationally known shopping and socializing promenade.

These measures are no doubt proper, but they are also flawed in two ways:
1. Our Jihadist enemies pay attention to what we do to prepare for their attacks. If we make it difficult to run innocent victims over with a truck or tractor trailer, they will come up with another method. We will always be playing catch up.
2. Tactical defensive measures such as barriers in pedestrian areas are all well and good, but until we as a nation come to terms with the Jihadist doctrine and ideology that animates our enemies, we will never develop the serious strategies needed to defeat the Jihadists and achieve victory.

New Threats from Al Qaeda: Inspire 17 Magazine

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by Christopher W. Holton

Al Qaeda has issued its latest edition of Inspire magazine, Inspire 17.

The magazine is published by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, but it covers Al Qaeda operations worldwide. In particular, Inspire 17 features the emir of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abu Musab Abdel al-Wadoud.

However, this latest issue of Inspire is noteworthy in that the most prominent personality in the magazine is Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden. Hamza bin Laden is emerging as a global leader of Al Qaeda and has specifically vowed to take revenge on the U.S. for killing his father.

Here is a brief summary of the highlights of Inspire 17:

Al Qaeda claims that they will be concentrating on targeting Western nations’ transportation infrastructure, seeking to disrupt the movement of people and cargo.

While Al Qaeda says that they will be targeting all aspects of transportation, air, sea and land, as well as local and international, Inspire 17 focuses on rail transport.

As implied by the name “inspire” Al Qaeda seeks to inspire individual Jihadis to take action. They suggest attacking transport vehicles such as trains and aircraft, lines of transport, such as railways, and stations, terminals and transit points, such as train stations, subway terminals and airports.

Bin Laden specifically states: “I urge my Mujahideen brothers everywhere, especially Lone Jihad heroes; I say to them: Target America.”

But America is not the only target mentioned in the magazine. It sets a priority order for targets in the following order: “everyone who transgresses against our religion,” Jewish interests, US, NATO, Russia.

Al Qaeda specifically instructs its followers to target civilians, as opposed to military targets: “In targeting civilians, there is much advantage and benefit for attaining goals of Jihad that cannot be attained when targeting the military.”

The emir of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abu Musab Abdel al-Wadoud is quoted as singling out France for attack: “France! Do you know time for settling debts has approached? Do not think you will escape punishment! Start preparing to pay what you owe to Muslims, in cash and in kind.”

France has conducted a robust military campaign against AQIM for several years now.

The impact on Western and American lifestyles from increased security measures is not lost on Al Qaeda: “O Mujahideen, it is time we instill fear and make them impose strict security measures to trains as they did with air.”

Concentrating on rail, the magazine describes a austere technique for attacking trains by derailing them from railroad tracks by positioning an item on them that will alter the course of the train’s wheels.

Unlike previous terror attacks on rail infrastructure, such a technique would not require explosives.

The magazine points out the merit of derailing high speed trains and lists Acela in the US, Class 395 Javelin in the UK and TGV in France as high speed trains to attack.

The magazine also suggests prioritizing derailing trains with HAZMAT cargo in cities and towns in the USA.

The following passenger trains are listed as specific targets: Lake Shore Limited, Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Acela Express, Amtrak Cascades, Cardinal, Carolinian, City of New Orleans, Crescent, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle. It also depicts a map of US rail lines by Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, CSX, BNSF and Amtrak.

Video Footage of Philippine Military Fighting the Islamic State

posted by Christopher W. Holton

This serves as a good reminder that we are in a world war. Western political leaders don’t want to admit that the war exists, but the 200,000 residents of the Philippine city of Marawi know all too well about the war.

The Islamic State seized control of their city more than two weeks ago and this video illustrates the degree to which the Philippine military is going to battle against the Jihadists in their country…

It seems to us that our grandfathers did not liberate the Philippines from Japanese imperialism from 1944 to 1945 only to have Jihadists seize control and impose their barbaric way of life on the good and brave people of the Philippines.

And again in London

by Christopher W. Holton

“Carrying out a small operation every month against the enemy will have more of an impact on him than a big operation every year or two.”

Toward a New Strategy in Resisting the Occupier
Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah
Al Qaeda Chief of External Operations
Killed by US air strike in Pakistan in 2008

More Information Emerges on Foreign Jihadi Fighters in the Philippines

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by Christopher W. Holton

A couple of years ago the Philippine government THOUGHT that they were making progress in ending the long-raging Islamic insurgency on Mindanao.

Clearly, efforts to negotiate a truce with Jihadists there did not work out so well.

Entering into truces with Jihadis is never a good idea for reasons based on Islamic doctrine but in this case, the insurgency reignited for other reasons as well.

Just a few years ago the players in the Jihadist insurgency were the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MIF), Abu Sayaff, Jemaah Islamiyah, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Then something significant happened: in the summer of 2014, at least a section of Abu Sayyaf pledged allegiance to the Islamic State:

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2014/08/04/abu-sayyaf-joins-the-islamic-state/

Now, in 2017, violent Jihad in the Philippines has escalated to the point that Islamic State Jihadis were able to seize a city of 200,000 for the better part of a week.

The biggest aspect of this development is the revelation that there are foreign fighters involved in the fighting in the Philippines. In fact, given the geographic distribution of the reported foreign fighters, as well as the intensity of the fighting there over the past 10 days, one has to consider that it is very possible that the Islamic State has set its sights on the Philippines as the next theater in the global Jihadist insurgency.

“Indonesians, Malaysians, Pakistanis, Saudis, Chechens, Yemenis, Indians, Moroccans, and Turks have been identified among the militants…”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/01/philippines-becomes-hotbed-for-isis-activity-as-foreign-jihadis-join-the-fight/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-militants-foreigners-idUSKBN18Q0OO

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Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Jihad Rages

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by Christopher W. Holton

The world’s attention has been understandably focused on the horrific Jihadist attack in Manchester, United Kingdom over the past week or so.

But as we have done periodically over the years here at TTB, we thought it proper to update our readers on a theater in the global Jihadist insurgency that occasionally flares up, but gets little attention in American news media.

We have referred to the Philippines as one of the Islamic insurgencies that the world has been ignoring. Here is our coverage on the Philippines’ ongoing effort to battle against Jihad:

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/category/philippines/

In recent days and weeks Jihadist activity in the Philippines has really flared up.

The Islamic State in the Philippines

Though you’d never know it from U.S. news coverage, the Islamic State has for about a year now escalated violence on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

For the past week, Philippine troops have been in an intense battle with Islamic State forces:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1254986/

Things spun somewhat out of control when Philippine forces unsuccessfully raided what they believed was the hideout of Islamic State leader Isnilon Hapilon:

http://www.voanews.com/a/manhunt-underway-islamic-state-linked-militant-philippines/3867859.html

In the aftermath of the unsuccessful raid to capture or kill Hapilon, the southern Philippine city of Marawi (population about 200,000), has become overrun by Islamic State Jihadis.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230084

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-isis-gunmen-soldiers-army-marawi-city-street-battle-terrorist-jihadi-a7751406.html

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/23/were-not-okay-here-filipino-city-in-flames-as-battle-rages-with-isis-linked-militants/

In response to all of this, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a 60-day period of martial law in the region…

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1254998/

Government sources point to credible evidence that foreign Islamic State fighters are mixed in with Philippine Jihadis:

http://www.newsweek.com/philippines-says-foreign-fighters-part-isis-invasion-615953

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40056134

Among the victims of the Jihadists in Marawi are 16 civilians, whose bodies were discovered today:

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ecf3-Philippines-Bodies-of-murdered-civilians-found#.WSti7caZM6g

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/28/530473693/death-toll-rises-as-philippine-military-tries-to-regain-control-of-marawi

What this illustrates is that we are in fact in a World War. The Global Jihadist insurgency has a presence on every continent, save Antarctica. It now appears that the Islamic State is setting up an Asian stronghold in the Philippines:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/28/isis-moves-into-southeast-asia/

http://www.newsweek.com/philippines-isis-southeast-asian-stronghold-616282?piano_t=1

What jumps out at me as all this evolves is the fact that, a large presence of foreign fighters in a place like Mindanao requires logistical support, especially funding. Where is that funding coming from?

As a side note, after decades of close, warm relations with the US, the Obama years alienated the Philippines, who are now looking to Vladimir Putin for aid.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40022529

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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