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ISIS Terrorists Strike In Denmark, France And Germany
August 1, 2016
By EMERSON VERMAAT
Syrian-born Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani is the official "spokesman" of the ruthless killers of the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS or IS). His real name is Taha Subhi Falaha. On September 22, 2014, he announced that ISIS would strike many targets in the West. He called on ISIS supporters from all over the world to attack citizens of Western states such as the U.S., France and the U.K. "If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way, however it may be." "Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him."
Since then, a lot of copycat attacks were carried out by terrorists who pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The targets they choose were in located in Bangladesh, Israel, Turkey, Belgium, France, Germany and Denmark.
In Denmark a man named Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, targeted a free speech forum and a synagogue in Copenhagen and killed two people with an automatic assault rifle. Shortly before these attacks he pledged "allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in full obedience in the good and bad things" – in a posting made on his Facebook page, CNN reported. "Investigators do not rule out that that the attacks might have been inspired by the terrorist attacks in Paris." The 22-year-old Omar El-Hussein was a second-generation Muslim immigrant. His Jordanian-Palestinian parents had successfully applied for aylum in Denmark in the 1990s.
ISIS has been extremely successfull in appealing to frustrated and angry second-generation Muslim immigrants. Most ISIS terrorists in France, Belgium and Germany were born in Europe. The London-based Independent reported on November 17, 2015: "Immigrant children in France and Belgium are the most alienated in the world, according to figures that confirm the failure of integration in both countries before the Paris terror attacks." "It follows claims by some commentators that a failure to integrate young Muslims, and simmering tensions in the banlieues, have made France and Belgium a more fruitful recruiting ground for ISIS than other Western countries."
Three terror attacks in France
25-year-old French-Moroccan Larossi Abballa was born in the village of Mantes-la-Jolie, just 30 miles from Paris. His parents recently returned to Morocco. So, he, too, was a second-generation immigrant. He was one of the many petty North African criminals who radicalized. He was sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2013 for his role in a Pakistani-French jihadist network which was planning terror attacks in France.
But on June 23, 2016, Abballa went to Magnanville where he entered the private home of 42-year-old Jean-
The latest example is the attack on a Roman Catholic church in the French village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvrai on July 26, 2016. Two young radicalized Muslims entered this 16-century church in Normandy, just when the 85-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was celebrating mass. They had knives and a handgun as well as a fake explosive belt. They forced Father Hamel to kneel down and then slit his throat, yelling Allahu Akbar. (Slashing throats is a highly popular method of killing by Muslim radicals.) Two nuns and two parishioners were taken hostage. A 86-year old parishioner was seriously injured. One of the nuns managed to escape and quickly alarmed the police. The two perpetrators were subsequently shot to death by the police, the hostages survived.
Both terrorists were second-generation Muslim immigrants who had pledged allegiance to ISIS. ISIS, in turn, claimed responsibility for the attack on the church and the priest's murder. Adel Kermiche was born in Mont-Saint-Aignan in 1997 and lived with his Algerian parents in Saint-Étienne-du-
The second attacker was 19-year-old Abdel Malik Petitjean. CNN quoted a spokeswoman for French prosecutor François Molins who said that "Peititjean was also known to authorities and was on a list used to flag radicalized individuals considered a threat to national security."
Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was born in M'saken, Tunisia, in 1985. He later emigrated to France where he married. (His wife subsequently divorced him, though). He worked as a delivery-truck driver in Nice. Fox News reported that prosecutor François Molins said "Bouhlel had expressed support for the Islamic State group and searched online for information about the Orlando attack on a gay nightclub. Bouhlel's computer and phone showed his online searches relating to IS, other jihadi groups and violent images, Molins said."
This ISIS-inspired terrorist struck on Thursday night July 14, 2016 as thousands of people were celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenades des Anglais in Nice. CNN reported: "Authorities said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a rented, refrigerated truck weighing about 20 tons into crowds along the roughly 2-kilometer stretch of Promenade des Anglais on Thursday night, killing 84 people including 10 children and adolescents – and injuring 202 others."
It is not yet known whether Bouhlel had also previously plegded allegiance to ISIS. It is not unlikely, though. Molins claims that "a search of his personal computer yielded photos of dead bodies and fighters holding the ISIS flag." Moreover, ISIS itself did clai
Nice is a hotspot of young Muslim radicals. More than one hundred of them traveled to Syria, Der Spiegel reported. Most of them are North African second-generation immigrants. The terror attack in Nice was well prepared. Prosecutor Molins claims that Bouhlel was in touch with at least three other Tunisians and an Albanian couple. They have been arrested. Molins said that the attacker had operated on the context of an "organized gang" ("bande organisée").
Jean-Frédéric Poisson, a Christian-Democratic Member of Parliament recently warned against what he called "the Lebanization of French society." Those who talk about "Islamophobia", must also take into account rising "Christianophobia" among too m
Terror attacks in Germany
It was on Monday evening, July 18, 2016, that a very aggressive young man armed with a knife and an axe attacked peaceful
The London-based newspaper The Guardian reported on that Afghan or Pakistani train attacker: "The attack had been carried out with an "Islamist religious motive," a spokesman for the state office of criminal investigations said. A hand-painted Islamic State flag had been found in the teenager's room at his forster home, as well as a college book with a text written in Pashtun."
"Lothar Köhler, the director of the Bavarian investigations office, said he understood the text to be a farewell letter to the teenager's father, in which he complained about ‘nonbelievers.' In one key passage, he wrote: ‘Now pray for me that I can take revenge on these nonbelievers, and pray for me, that I make my way into heaven."
ISIS quickly took responsibility for the attack calling the perpetrator "one of the fighters of Islamic State who carried out the operation in answer to the calls to target the countries of the coalition fighting the Islamic State" (see The Guardian).
This copycat attack, too, was completely in line with Adnani's call on ISIS followers to kill unbelievers with knives. The attacker had not raised any suspicions before. He was killed by a nearby anti-terror unit as he tried to flee.
On Sunday July 24, 2016 a 21-year-old Syrian asylum seeker killed a pregnant Polish woman in Reutlingen. He used a machete or a meat cleaver and wounded two other people. He was later arrested by the police. Bild Zeitung identified the attacker as Mohamad Halef. The 45-year-old Polish woman was his girlfriend. Both of them worked in a kebab shop. There he stole the knife. Police believe that this was not a typical terror attack linked in to Islamic radicalism. German police officers are frequently confronted with violent and aggressive behavior by asylum seekers from North Africa, Syria and Iraq. German police officer Tania Kambouri, for example, describes a violent confrontation with Algerian asylum seekers in 2015.
Also on that fatal Sunday of July 24, 2016, a real terror attack did occur, this time in Ansbach in Bavaria. Mohammed Daleel, a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Syria, failed to enter a music festival where about 2,500 people were present. He then blew up the explosives hidden in his rucksack. Fifteen people near the entrance of the festival were injured. Daleel was due to be deported to Bulgaria where he had also applied for asylum. He, too, had previously pledged allegiance to ISIS. "I renew my pledge of allegiance to the Emir of the Faithful,Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, may Allah protect him." ISIS, in turn, put out a video showing support for the Ansbach terrorist. The "Syrian refugee bomber," as The Daily Telegraph called, him, killed himself when his bomb exploded. This makes him "a martyr" in the eyes of ISIS.
I wrote several times that suicide bombers and other diabolical copycat attackers go to straight to hell – all of them. They belong to the kingdom of evil. Jung was right when he wrote in 1945: "The sight of evil kindles evil in the soul." "Something of the abysmal darkness of the world has broken in on us, poisoning the very air we breathe and befouling the pure water with the stale, nauseating taste of blood." (I criticized Jung's views on the occult on an earlier occasion, though.)
On Wednesday July 27, 2016, FBI Director James Comey warned that "hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate Western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State (ISIS or IS) is defeated in Syria." "At some point there's going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we've never seen before," Comey said. "We saw the future of this threat in Brussels and Paris." Future attacks will be on "an order of magnitude greater." It is "increasingly hard" for counterterrorism officials to find and stop individuals inspired or directed by Islamic State who use a knife or a vehicle to kill people, Comey said.
According to the latest annual report from the Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution or Germany's Security Service BfV, more than 780 Muslims left Germany and traveled to Syria and Iraq with a view to fighting in the ranks of ISIS or other terrorrist groups or providing assistance in another manner – a huge number! Most of them are second-generation Muslim
There are more than 12,000 other radical Muslims who pose a serious security risk. The German Security Service is
The Germans allowed 1.2 milion asylum seekers from the Middle East, theBalkans and North Africa to enter Germany in 2015. On September 11, 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the following promise: "We can do it." ("Wir schaffen das.") A clear but silly invitation to millions of others who want to travel to Germany. She repeated those words at a press conference in Berlin on July 28, 2016. And she then fobbed her critics off with a bromide: "I didn't say it would be easy." Bavaria's Finance Minister Markus Söder was upset and said: "Merkel's decision to open borders was a historical mistake."
German economist Thilo Sarrazin criticizes Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is unwilling to admit that the Germans cannot cope at all with this massive influx of asylum seekers from the Muslim world and Africa. They are simply unable to send over 200,000 rejected asylum seekers back to their home countries, because all these people refuse to leave Germany. And many of these rejected asylum seekers are economic migrants from Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and North Africa. On New Year's Eve, immigrants from Muslim countries assaulted lots of women in Cologne and other German cities. There have been recent cases of rape of women in Sweden.
Economist Dr. Thilo Sarrazin is one of Germany's best experts on immigration statistics. And he is certainly not a racist! Sarrazin just published a new book on "Wishful Thinking" ("Wunschdenken"). Sarrazin writes that Germany may have to cope with 89 million (!) refugees by the year 2040 – just because of the right to family reunification and large additional numbers of asylum seekers from poor countries. ("Die Entwicklung der Flüchtlingsbevölkerung in Deutschland, 2016-2050") German society cannot cope with such a massive influx, he warns. He also writes that Merkel does not take into account the fateful consequences of her liberal immigration policies. There is going to be a massive growth in the human population in Africa (a five fold increase by 2100!) and the Muslim world and it is an illusion to think that we in the West are able to solve all these problems, Sarrazin writes. What does not help at all is allowing millions of non-Western refugees into Europe. There are serious problems with those who have arrived already, especially in our big cities, Sarrazin warns.
"3,034 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year," BBC News reported on July 28, 2016. According to the International Organization for Migration, 46,856 migrants arrived in Italy between January and May 29, 2016. And the BBC reported that there were 10,000 unaccompanied minors between January and the end of July. The trafficking of children who cannot be sent back to their home countries is an extremely successful criminal enterprise.
"The traffickers rule the waves," – Libyan Coast Guards try to stop migrants with just one boat, the BBC reported. "The smugglers have more boats and more weapons," Mohammed Boushagour of the Tripoli Coastguard told BBC reporter Orla Guerin in Libya. "They have long-range guns. They can escort the migrants to European waters and we can't do anything to stop them." Coast Guard officials say there is another problem – Operation Sophia. "The European Union mission, which operates just beyond Libya's territorial waters, was supposed to disrupt smuggling. ‘Instead, it is providing a taxi service for migrants,' Colonel Ashraf Al Badri, head of the Tripoli Anti-Smuggling Unit told the BBC. ‘From my point of view, it's directly encouraging the migrants to go to Europe. Now, they have to travel just 12 miles. Then Operation Sophia rescues them. They are given food and taken to Europe,' he said."
"‘Of course, this information spreads. The migrants all know that instead of a dangerous journey lasting more then a day, they will get picked up in four or five hours."'
Thus, the results of Operation Sophia are counterproductive. Instead of disrupting the activities of powerful criminal migrant trafficking networks the EU is encouraging them. Recent policies have acted as a massive pull factor.
The more migrants from Africa and the Muslim world are allowed to enter Europe, the more we are importing the backward culture (Female Genital Mutilation and so-called honor crimes, for example) as well as the conflicts of the immigrants' home countries. The Turks now demand that they will be able to travel without visa to Europe. But after the failed military coup in Turkey, the Turkish Islamist ru
Emerson Vermaat, MA (law), is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands. Website: www.emersonvermaat.com.
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"Larossi Abballa était né à Mantes-la Jolie…"
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(A number of African countries: Africa: Five fold population increase by 2100.)
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