ISIS IN AMERICA
ISIL claims responsibility for first U.S. attack
May 4, 2015 — The London Daily Telegraph reports: “Islamic State fighters have claimed responsibility for the attempted shooting at a Texas anti-Islam event on Sunday night, in what is thought to be the first such attack on American soil.
The gunmen attempted to attack a meeting in Garland, near Dallas, where participants drew cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Organizers knew that the event would be provocative, and it had caused a stir among extremists – who ten days before the attacks called for a Charlie Hebdo-style shooting.
One of the suspects was identified by ABC News as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, citing a senior FBI official.
Police on Monday morning raided the Phoenix home of one of the suspected gunmen, FBI officials told CNN.
A week before Sunday’s shooting, the Transport Security Administration warned of an imminent attack.
The essence of the warning, according to a source speaking to The Intercept, is that ‘ISIS plans an attack on US soil.’
The Texas attackers have not been named, but one of the men thought to be behind the attack – going by the Twitter handle @atawaakul and the name ‘Shariah is Light’ – tweeted his support for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) 15 minutes before the shooting.
His Twitter photo shows Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who was killed in a US drone strike in 2011.
He states that he has ‘given bay’ah’ – sworn an oath of allegiance – to Amirul Mu’mineen, a title which is given in the Koran to the prince of the caliphs. Supporters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIL, refer to him as Amirul Mu’mineen…” (I have been reporting since September 2013 about the locations of thirty major militant Islamic groups in the U.S., and after the terrorist attacks in France in January 2015, it was reported by WND.com that the FBI is aware of at least 22 paramilitary Islamic communes in the U.S. II Timothy 3:1 is being fulfilled and is bound to become one of the world’s most dangerous hours in civilizations history. Jesus predicted this tragic time in Matthew 24:21 & 22: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” See the next two reports.)
Texas police kill gunmen at Mohammad cartoon exhibit
May 4, 2015 — Reuters reports: “Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and billed as a free-speech event.
The shooting in a Dallas suburb was an echo of past attacks or threats in other Western countries against art depicting the Prophet Mohammad. In January, gunmen killed 12 people in the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in revenge for its cartoons.
Sunday’s attack took place at about 7 p.m. in a parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, an indoor arena in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on an al Qaeda hit list, was among the speakers at the event.
Police said they had not determined the identity of the two gunmen or whether they were linked to critics of the event who had branded it anti-Islamic.
As a precaution, a police bomb squad was checking the suspects’ car, and the immediate vicinity of the Culwell Center was evacuated, city police spokesman Joe Harn said. Investigators were keeping their distance from the bodies of the gunmen, which were close to the car, until the vehicle was deemed clear of explosives, he said later.
Shortly before midnight police alerted media that a strong electronic pulse would be activated near the scene, presumably as part of the bomb squad’s work, and a loud boom was heard moments later, though police did not comment further on what was done…”
Cop: ISIS sending ‘pros’ for next U.S. attack
May 7, 2015 — WND.com reports: “The fact that two untrained jihadis failed in their shooting attack on a Muhammad cartoon exhibit in Garland, Texas, means the next attack likely will be by ISIS professionals, a U.S. law-enforcement official has confirmed in a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
One police patrol officer was injured and the two gunman were shot and killed in the Texas attack over the weekend.
The police official, who asked for anonymity, told G2 the two gunmen had no formal training and fell to the defensive efforts of a professionally trained police officer and that means ISIS may bring in trained, battle-hardened fighters for future attacks.
He said ISIS could use the long-time relationship between al-Qaida and the drug cartels and the MS-13 gang, both of which already are present in some 1,200 U.S. cities, to facilitate any such attack.
This prospect comes as ISIS warned in a tweet that there would be future attacks and they would be ‘harsher.’
The terror group followed up with a message on JustPasteIt that it has 71 trained radicals in 15 different states, all ready to engage and fight…”
ISIS calls for ‘slaughter’ of Pam Geller
May 6, 2015 — WND.com reports: “ISIS terrorists have called for the ‘slaughter’ of Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Texas ‘Draw Muhammad’ event that left one officer injured and the two attackers dead.
The terror group also claimed in a message on JustPasteIt to have 71 trained radicals in 15 different states, all ready to engage and fight.
The message: ‘[We have] 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack. … The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a willyah in the heart of our enemy.’
The New York Daily News said the word ‘willyah’ is supposed to be spelled ‘wilayah,’ and it means authority or governance.
The group named Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and California.
The message went on: ‘Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.’
ISIS also vowed to target those who shelter Geller…” (The following verses describe these jihadists: “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known:” – Romans 3:13 – 17. See the next two reports.)
Thousands of ‘online’ ISIS followers in U.S.
May 8, 2015 — WND.com reports: “There are potentially thousands of ‘online’ Islamic State followers inside the United States consuming ‘radical poisonous propaganda,’ FBI Director James Comey warned Thursday.
‘And I know there are other Elton Simpsons out there,’ he added, referring to one of the men who opened fire outside an event in Texas earlier this week featuring a ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest. Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson were killed by security as they tried to attack. An ISIS statement referred to the men as ‘two soldiers of the caliphate,’ but also indicated many more attacks are on the way.
Comey described the ‘very hard task’ in now trying to identify and stop anyone inspired to launch an attack inside the U.S. homeland.
Terrorism expert Harvey Kushner told WND he believes threats of ISIS terror cells operating in the United States should be taken seriously, and he says American law enforcement has ‘no game plan’ for stopping the sort of lone wolf or small-group attack like we saw in Texas last weekend.
‘The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a [province] in the heart of our enemy,’ the ISIS statement read. It also claimed there are 71 radicals in 15 states ready to attack. Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and California were specifically listed. The other ten states remain a mystery…”
Experts Warn ISIS is Defeating America Online
May 11, 2015 — Israel National News reports: “The US government is struggling to counter the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s fast-paced online propaganda, which played a role in inspiring a failed attack in Texas this week on an exhibit of caricatures of Mohammed, the founder of Islam.
One of the two gunmen had been in frequent contact via Twitter with an American terrorist from the ISIS group who was well known to federal authorities, according to groups that monitor extremists online as reported by AFP.
The failed attempt to storm the cartoon exhibition in a Dallas suburb could be a ‘harbinger’ of things to come, as the jihadist online blitz seeks to encourage violence from a distance, said author Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation non-profit group.
The lightning tempo and vast scale of the ISIS group’s social media campaign poses a daunting challenge, particularly for a government bureaucracy ill-equipped to respond quickly or to experiment, experts said Thursday.
ISIS can rely on ‘a very large number of people’ to promote their message online and ‘it can afford to have 2,000 people who tweet 150 times a day,’ said J.M. Berger, a fellow at the Brookings Institution.
‘It can afford to have a ratio of two or three recruiters to every one potential recruit who might carry out a lone wolf attack,’ Berger, who has researched extremists’ use of social media, told the Senate Homeland Security committee.
The United States or others opposed to ISIS are losing the war in social media and will need to deploy similar numbers to have an effect, said Berger, author of ‘Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam.’…”