ISIS’s Progress

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Friday, May 15th, 2015 @ 12:57AM

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Left:  ISIS’s new 5 star hotel in Mosul. No women in swimming pools, playing tennis or any public space unless completely covered, The hotel is patrolled by ISIS’s women police brigade. (ISIS-affiliated social networks, May 1, 2015). 

As ISIS/ISIL continues to murder civilians on five continents and lure thousands of Muslims into its jihadist web, the Obama administration’s idea of curtailing their recruitment campaigns is to ask Western television network’s to stop showing ISIS produced videos. Instead, the Administration is asking to show the footage of successful attacks on ISIS.

This latest request demonstrates again, the Obama administration’s failure or refusal to acknowledge that the problem is the Jihadi  ideology that lures many Muslims who were fed a constant diet of Political Islam’s promise as spawned for decades by Sunni and Shiite entities.  You see, nobody wants to offend the Muslims.

In his new book, The Great War of Our Time, former CIA deputy director, Michael Morell, revealed the Obama administration failed to predict the resurgence of al Qaeda. “The Arab Spring was a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa,” he said. “From a counterterrorism perspective, the Arab Spring had turned to winter.”  Still, he fails to understand or acknowledge that for a growing number of Muslims, the message of ‘Political Islam’ fueled the global appeal of al Qaeda, ISIS and its ilk.

The apparent deliberate denial of the Islamist message, especially in the U.S. and other Western nations is re-enforced by useful idiots who try to convince us to forgo any criticism of Islam and to understand the “root causes” that drive Muslims the world over to to join the jihad.

Here are a few examples of ISIS’s recent international advances:

United States 

In addition to Morell, FBI Director James Comey warns, ISIS Heavily ‘Recruiting, Tasking’ Inside US. “It’s recruiting and tasking at the same time. “The old … while describing how ISIS is using social media to achieve its goals.

Garland TX – “On May 3, 2015, two armed men drove up to the western entrance of the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, where the American Freedom Initiative was holding a contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The two armed men, who arrived shortly before the end of the event, parked their car and emerged wearing bulletproof vests and armed with assault rifles. Upon their arrival, two security officers got out of a police car parked nearby. The two armed men opened fire at them. One of the security officers was wounded. The other fired at the two armed men and killed them (The Guardian, May 5, 2015). The two armed men were Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadur Soofi, 34, who lived together in Phoenix, Arizona. Simpson was in contact through Twitter with a British ISIS operative in Syria codenamed Abu Hassan the Briton and an American operative named Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, who had been living in Somalia since 2008. The US authorities also suspect another person, by the name of Junaid Hussain, a British hacker affiliated with ISIS who apparently played a key role in the operation (CNN, May 6, 2015).”

“In a message on its radio station (Radio al-Bayan), ISIS claimed responsibility for the so-called lone wolf terrorist attack. ISIS also warned that it would kill more Christians in America in the future, and that the next attack would be worse (, May 6, 2015).”

United Kingdom – ISIS terrorists warn of imminent attack on streets of London. Cyber jihadis linked to the brutal Islamic State group are waging a war of terror online with threats of an imminent attack on the streets.

Italy – ISIS terrorists ‘coming to Italy within weeks – ISIS heading to Italy with migrants, Libyan official.

Australia – One tweet from this Australian ISIS fighter grounded three planes. Australian Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash is responsible for grounding three major airlines in the Middle East after posting a bomb threat ...Business Insider

Spotlight on Global JihadMay 7-13, 2015, which was published by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center* offers additional examples: 

Nigeria –  On May 6, 2015, ISIS’s branch in Yemen released a video including an audio recording in which a spokesman on behalf of the jihadi fighters in Nigeria pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. Later in the video, a masked man, speaking on behalf of ISIS’s branch in Yemen, congratulates the “Nigerian brothers” for taking this step ( file sharing website, May 6, 2015). Two days after the pledge was announced, on May 8, 2015, a terrorist attack was carried out in the city of Potiskum in northeastern Nigeria: Three terrorists, one of whom was wearing an explosive belt, opened fire at the trade college in the city. The terrorist with the explosive belt blew himself up in the college parking lot, seriously wounding six students. The other two terrorists were detained. A Twitter account affiliated with ISIS’s branch in West Africa reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack (Facebook page of the Nigerian police force, May 8, 2015; ISIS-affiliated Twitter account, May 8, 2015).

India –  Five male operatives in an ISIS-affiliated jihadi network were detained in the city of Ratlam, India. The network was planning to carry out attacks in India. Chemicals allegedly intended for manufacturing explosives were found in the possession of the network’s leader, Imran Khan Mohammad Sharif. Imran Khan was apparently recruited through social networks and Islamic forums that support ISIS, headed by a jihadi operative codenamed Yussuf, who probably heads a group of Indians who are fighting alongside ISIS in Syria.

Algeria & Tunisia –   On May 9, 2015, an Islamic network in the Skikda region of Algeria announced that it was leaving Al-Qaeda and joining ISIS. The network pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and adopted the name “Caliphate Supporters Battalion” [Katibat Ansar al-Khilafah] ( file sharing website, May 9, 2015).

Algeria revealed encrypted correspondence on Twitter between ISIS Spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, Abu Aisha the Tunisian, and commanders of the Supporters of Sharia organization. The subject of the correspondence was the preparations for sending hundreds of trained operatives (originally from Iraq and Syria) from Tunisia to Algeria.

Jordan –  The city of Ma’an, in southern Jordan, is a longtime center of agitation against the Hashemite regime; other prominent cities are: Al-Salt, Irbid, Russeifa and Zarqa. In the past, there have been shows of support for ISIS in Ma’an, in the form of demonstrations of support and graffiti on the city streets. In the ITIC’s assessment, at this stage, these shows of support cannot impair the Jordanian regime control of Ma’an and its environs.

On May 7, 2015, an ISIS-affiliated forum posted an announcement stating that a group calling itself “The Lone Lions in the Ma’an province” had stolen a car and weapons from the Jordanian security forces in the city of Ma’an. The car was burned. As a result, there were clashes between them and the security forces, in which three members of the security forces were injured. According to the announcement, the Jordanian Crown Prince’s planned visit to Ma’an was canceled due to the incident (Al-Minbar al-I’lami al-Jihadi Forum, May 7, 2015). In late April 2015, the same group announced that it had attacked the military intelligence building in the city of Ma’an using small arms, injuring members of the Jordanian forces. The group posted photos showing the attack on the building and threatened to carry out more attacks (Al-Minbar al-Jihadi Forum, April 25, 2015). The Mayor of Ma’an said that the search for the car thieves is still ongoing. He denied the report linking the thieves to radical Salafist organizations (Khaberni, May 8, 2015).

Yemen –  Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi is the third leader of AQAP killed in a targeted killing in recent months. In addition to Al-Ansi, Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari was killed in January 2015 in an attack by a drone, and Ibrahim Rubaish, a former Guantanamo prisoner, was killed in a US attack in April 2015.

A tape released by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has confirmed that Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, one of its senior operatives, was killed in an attack by an American drone in April 2015. The tape, which was posted on Twitter, calls Al-Ansi a shahid. According to documents found in the home of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Al-Ansi held a senior position in AQAP and also served as deputy head of Al-Qaeda, with spheres of responsibility that extended beyond Yemen. Al-Ansi recently made headlines in January 2015, when he officially announced that AQAP was responsible for the murder of the French journalists at the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo (thelongwarjournal, May 7, 2015).

*  Read the full report of Spotlight on Global JihadMay 7-13, 2015, on The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center website. 

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