Robert Spencer, the best jihad expert in the world for PJ Media (June 22) — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) doesn’t have designs on just Iraq and Syria. It has published maps in which its envisioned Islamic state encompasses not just those two countries, but also Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, parts of Turkey, and (of course) Israel. But it doesn’t stop there, either. Clearly ISIS plans to mount jihad terror attacks in the United States – and there are numerous indications that such an attack could come sooner rather than later.
8. ISIS jihadi from UK calls for jihad attacks on British civilians to avenge Muslima’s murder
Last Wednesday, a jihadist calling himself Abu Rashash Britani, who claims to be from Britain and now waging jihad with ISIS, expressed outrage on Twitter at the recent murder in Britain of a Muslim woman, Nahid Almanea. Britani ranted: “These kuffar getting out of hand, dare they touch a Muslimah. I call upon any brother to take up a knife and kill as they did [in] Colchester. Muslim sister killed by kuffar in UK. Allahu Mustahan [Allah is the one whose help is sought]. Where is the outcry by media? oh yeah she was a Muslim.”
In the U.S., meanwhile, groups like the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Georgetown University’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding energetically spread the myth that Muslims in the U.S. are routinely victimized by “Islamophobic” discrimination, harassment and attacks. How long before ISIS calls for revenge attacks here as well as in Britain?
7. ISIS jihadi from Canada urges Muslims to follow example of Calgary jihad/martyrdom suicide bomber
Recently a Muslim from Canada, Salman Ashrafi, blew himself up in a jihad-martyrdom suicide attack in Iraq, murdering 19 Iraqis. ISIS posted an online message praising him as a “brave warrior” who gave Muslims a “great example,” and calling upon Muslims in Canada to “prove their manhood” by imitating him.
How long before a young Muslim in Canada gets the idea that he doesn’t have to go all the way to Iraq to imitate Salman Ashrafi, but can do it right at home? How long before a young Muslim in the United States gets the same idea?
6. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria produces video recruiting Muslims in U.S. and Europe for jihad in Syria, domestic jihad attacks
Surmising that jihadis may someday get the idea to strike domestically isn’t even necessary: Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Free Beacon last Friday that ISIS was “stepping up efforts to recruit Americans and other westerners for jihad in Syria and possibly for future domestic terror attacks, according to U.S. officials.”
5. American supporter of ISIS in North Carolina?
ISIS recently produced a video featuring fans holding up messages of support from around the world — including, apparently, North Carolina. Jonathan Halevi reported Thursday in Alternative Angle that “one of them is apparently an American national, who is pointing (minute: 03:20) with the forefinger as an indication of affirmation of Allah’s Oneness and holding a poster, which reads in mixed Arabic and English the following: ‘American support of the Islamic State ISIS. North Carolina. USA.’”
Friends and supporters inside the U.S. can make it much easier for ISIS to stage jihad attacks here.
4. Muslims from U.S. head to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and “bring back the Caliphate”
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has said that over fifty Muslims from the United States are fighting in Syria now. That number could increase: the Daily Mail reported Thursday that a Muslim from Minnesota, Abdirahmaan Muhumed, was just an ordinary guy: “Six months ago the father of nine from Minnesota was shooting hoops in Uptown Minneapolis. He was neither overtly religious nor politically vocal.”
However, Muhumed proved himself susceptible to the appeal of Islam. He told friends of his aspiration to “bring back the caliphate,” and said that if he was considered a terrorist, he was “happy with it.” He wrote: “Family is not gonna save me frm [sic] hell fire because muslims are getting kill[ed] and if I just sit here i will be ask in the [hereafter].” Accordingly, he said, “I give up this worldy [sic] life for Allah.” He posted on Facebook a photo of himself holding a Qur’an and a rifle.
Where did Muhumed learn this understanding of Islam? In Minnesota? If so, more could follow him. And American officials have expressed concern that they might return home as trained, battle-hardened jihadis, and wage jihad here.
3. Minneapolis FBI investigating Muslims joining jihad groups in Syria, including ISIS
Enough Muslims have traveled to jihad from Minneapolis for the FBI to open an investigation. Reuters reported last Friday that “the FBI is investigating men of Somali background who have traveled from the Minneapolis-St Paul area to Syria to fight with Islamist groups against President Bashar al-Assad….Kyle Loven, a spokesman for the FBI’s Minneapolis office, said in the last few months the Bureau had received information indicating that 10 to 15 men from the region’s large Somali community had traveled to Syria.”
What’s more, “the U.S. government recently confirmed that a Florida man, Moner Mohammad Abu-salha, had become the first known American suicide bomber in Syria.” How long will it be before the suicide attacks start stateside?
2. ISIS chief to USA: “Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day”
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said last winter: “Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day. So watch, for we are with you, watching.”
His group’s successes in Syria and Iraq have hastened the coming of that day.
1. ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on his release from U.S. detention in 2009: “I’ll see you guys in New York”
When al-Baghdadi was released from the U.S. detention center Camp Bucca in Iraq in 2009 after four years of captivity, he told his captors: “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
And who knows? The way things are going, maybe he will.