Americans were threatened and killed by radical Islam this week in four ways:
Putting to rest the statement made by Vice President Pence that “The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated,” four Americans were killed in by an ISIS-affiliated suicide bomber attack in Syria. Pence made the statement to U.S. ambassadors and other senior American diplomats just hours after the attack.
The bombing, which took place in Manbij, was the deadliest one on U.S. personnel since Americans were deployed in the country. The attack killed two U.S. service members, a defense contractor and a Department of Defense civilian who was an intelligence expert. Until this attack, only two U.S. service members had been killed in Syria since the beginning of the U.S.’ involvement in the conflict in 2014.
President Trump announced he would pull all U.S. troops out of Syria just weeks ago.
An American was killed in an Al-Shabaab attack on a hotel complex in Kenya. Jason Spindler, who was a survivor of the 9/11 attack in New York City, was one of the 14 people killed in the attack. Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, released a statement titled “Jerusalem Will Never Be Judaized,” saying that the attack in Nairobi was “a response to the witless remarks of US President Donald Trump and his declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel.”
The statement said Trump had given “the Zionist Jews the approval to desecrate the sanctity of one of Islam’s holiest sites with their filth and vile policies of ethnic cleansing without considering the suffering of the millions of Muslims languishing under the throes of the Zionist occupation for decades.”
A plot to bomb the White House was thwarted by federal authorities when they arrested Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of metro Atlanta, Georgia. Taheb was picked up while allegedly trying to exchange his vehicle for explosives. Authorities in the case were given a tip last March by a community member who knew Taheb and said he had been radicalized. The attack was planned for today, January 17.
Islamic prayer rugs have been found in recent months by ranchers and farmers who live near the U.S.-Mexico border, reported the Washington Examiner.
“There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico,” one rancher said. “People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that. That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across.”
The rancher asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by the cartels who act as human traffickers.
Last October, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions created a task force to specifically zero in on Hezbollah after declaring the designated terror organization one of the top five transnational threats to the U.S.
Hezbollah is known to be actively building cells and increasing its presence in South and Central America.