Al-Abd Al-Faqir, a media group supported by the Islamic State, published two propaganda posters last month that depict an attack on Pope Francis.
One poster stated “Don’t think you are away from our attacks” and showed a jihadist with an Islamic State wristband and a handgun, taking aim at the pope as he walked by a barbed wire fence on a visit to Auschwitz. The other recent poster, again set at Auschwitz, was addressed to “slaves of the Cross” and depicted an assailant sneaking up on the pope from behind.
When the Barcelona terror attack took place August 17, 2017, as horrible as it was (13 deaths, 130 injured), the jihadists did not consider it a success. They had a more lethal project. They wanted to drive vans packed with explosives into the of the Sagrada Familia basilica and two other tourist areas of the city. That, however, was the last major jihadist attack in a Western country. The Manchester attack had taken place two month earlier, on May 22, 2017; the attack in Nice, France, had taken place on July 14, 2016; and the in Orlando attack, in Florida, on June 12, 2016.
Alhemskyrkan Church in the town of Skellefteå was vandalized with threats of Jihad and death spray painted on the church. A church representative brushed off the threats as “innocent” vandalism, after admitting that this wasn’t the first incident of Islamic hatred toward Christian church’s in Skellefteå.
Tracking battle-hardened fighters is still the main concern of Western counter-terrorism officials, though a big influx did not materialize, Manuel Navarrete, head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism Centre, told reporters at its Hague headquarters.
When non-Muslims deny Muslim minorities the rights that Muslim-majority countries systematically deny non-Muslim minorities, extremist Muslims in Turkey seem to have the habit of threatening non-Muslim lands with holy war.
Terrorism seems to be everywhere, and it’s getting worse. The bad guys have lots of names—ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram—but they have one thing in common. They are all killing for a cause: Islamic Law known as Sharia.
Not only hoodlums, outcasts, or high school dropouts become indoctrinated into extreme organizations. According to psychologists, “Radicalization is a psychological trajectory that, given the right circumstances, can happen to any person, group or nation.”
There are several possibilities here. One is that there are Muslims who threatened jihad violence against the beach, and who then planted glass shards and sewing needles all across it. Another is that non-Muslim hoaxers wrote the “Islamic Revolutionary Force” threat letter, and then planted the glass and needles on the beach. A third possibility is that one group, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, issued the “Islamic Revolutionary Force” letter, and another saw it and thought they would have some fun by putting the glass and needles on the beach.
In any case, this kind of thing never happened before jihad terror became a commonplace feature of life in the West.
The leader of the terrorist organization Al Qaida has called for Muslims to wage jihad against the United States. Ayman al-Zawahiri told his followers America’s decision to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem was evidence that negations and “appeasement” have failed Palestinians. Al-Zawahiri said this in a five-minute video entitled “Tel Aviv is also a land of Muslims”.
The blue signs, part of a campaign launched by Minnesota Council of Churches three years ago, also will be showing up at several thousand churches, individual homes and educational centers across the nation to mark the expected first day of Ramadan May 15.