What have our old chums in ISIS got planned for the holiday season? They got bounced out of the news during the funeral of the American constitutional republic, but with the amnesty debate on ice – save for the odd symbolic expression of congressional disapproval – let’s catch up with the stars of Barack Obama’s previous bad news cycle, or maybe the one before that. ISIS came before Ebola, right? It’s hard to keep a rolling disaster neat and tidy.
At any rate, the terror state Obama allowed to run wild in Syria and Iraq claims to have a “dirty bomb” now, as reported by the UK Daily Mail:
Islamic State fanatics claim to have constructed a dirty bomb after stealing 40kg of uranium from an Iraqi university.
Militants boasted of the device on social media, with one even commenting on the destruction such a bomb would wreak in London, four months after the chemical was reported missing from Mosul University.
Among extremists making online threats to the West is British explosives expert Hamayun Tariq, who fled his home in Dudley, West Midlands, for the Middle East in 2012.
Using the Muslim name, Muslim-al-Britani, he posted on Twitter: ‘O by the way Islamic State does have a Dirty bomb. We found some Radio active material from Mosul university,’ the Mirror reports.
He continued: ‘We???ll find out what dirty bombs are and what they do. We???ll also discuss what might happen if one actually went off in a public area.
‘This sort of a bomb would be terribly destructive if went off In LONDON becuz (sic) it would be more of a disruptive than a destructive weapon,’ before having his Twitter account suspended.
Other jihadis echoed the claims a destructive ‘dirty bomb’ had been made, with one writing: ‘
‘IS has confirmed that we have acquired a dirty bomb from radioactive material from Mosul Uni! Mashallah #IS’.
I thought it was standard journalistic practice to use the Muslim names of converts to Islam only when they do good deeds or serve as victims, as with President Obama’s insistence on referring to captive convert Peter Kassig as “Abdul Rahman” after his beheading. Maybe the British papers are using a different style book these days.
The Iraqi ambassador to the UN says ISIS isn’t just blowing radioactive smoke about its dirty-bomb capability:
In July nearly 40kg of uranium stored for scientific research went missing from Mosul University in northern Iraq.
In a letter to the United Nations, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told Ban Ki-moon ‘Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,’ adding such materials ‘can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.’
‘These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts.’
The psychological value of a dirty bomb would far exceed its sheer destructive force, which makes it sound like the perfect gift for every terrorist mastermind. They probably can’t be dissuaded with the old “you’ll put your eye out, kid” warning, either.
Meanwhile, ISIS’ old rivals and progenitors in al-Qaeda, who they seem to be getting along with much better these days, are hoping to blow up at least five European airliners in a “Christmas spectacular,” according to the UK Express:
The threat has been taken so seriously it came close to leading to an outright ban on all hand luggage, a senior insider has revealed.
Mobile phones and electronic devices could still be banned from plane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities feared imminent.
The warning comes as Whitehall officials admit that a terror strike on the UK is now “almost inevitable” particularly with British jihadis returning from fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
An airport security source told the Sunday Express: “We’ve been told that five planes are being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas. They’ve been waiting for the big one.
“We have many scares but this one nearly got hand baggage pulled from all airlines. The threat is still alive and real.”
This all goes back to the “Khorasan Group,” which you may remember the Obama Administration trying to pass off as a mysterious new enemy that required immediate air-strike service during the very first day of Operation Goose My Poll Numbers. They’re actually just a unit of good old al-Qaeda, which Obama supposedly decimated so thoroughly that he couldn’t be bothered with the antics of their “junior varsity” squad, ISIS… which now has a dirty bomb to go with its dirty conquest of Syrian and Iraqi territory. Not bad for the jayvees.
The Express goes on to describe much consternation in American and European intelligence circles about terrorist sleeper cells:
Security experts also warn that future terror attacks could be carried out by sleepers – western converts as likely to have blond hair and blue eyes as dark skin and beards.
The latest threat is understood to have been uncovered by American intelligence officers who fear that despite success in taking out key Al Qaeda bomb-makers, the genie is out of the bottle and sleeper cells are currently preparing for a doomsday scenario.
Man, I really thought Obama had this all under control. He certainly claimed as much during the 2012 elections. Only out-of-touch alarmists with foreign policy shaken out of 1980s time capsules thought the West still had any dangerous global adversaries to deal with.
[Terrorism expert Dr. Sally] Leivesley, a former Home Office risk adviser, said that terrorists are now more likely to be “white, blond and blue eyed” who are radicalized in as little as five weeks.
She also claimed that female terrorists were becoming a significant risk, adding: “Crime profiling shows that white, middle class women, who are better than averagely educated, are susceptible to the terrorist narrative.
“They see themselves at the forefront of attempts to change the world and are represent a very dangerous tool for the terrorists.
“These sleepers will have been from ordinary and not very religious families and not only is the threat from them here but also when they return battle hardened from Syria and Iraq.”
A good deal of that hard battle has occurred around the vital Kurdish town of Kobani, which dropped out of U.S. news a few weeks ago, but is still very much under siege by ISIS. NBC News took a look around the town and found it pretty much leveled by months of fierce fighting. Funny thing – the Kurds say the last ISIS offensive came from inside Turkish territory. The Turks say that couldn’t be. Maybe the jayvee squad got lost and made a wrong turn into Turkey.
What might be the best news in the Non-War came with today’s announcement by Lebanese officials that the wife and son of ISIS grand poobah Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have been detained while passing through Lebanon with fake IDs. (If this sounds curious to American readers, you should know there are some places in the world where crossing the border illegally and using a fake ID is a big deal.)
It’s thought that the Lebanese will use Mrs. Caliph as a bargaining chip to recover some of their people held by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria – evidently not the first time she’s been arrested and used in a prisoner exchange. (See – ISIS and al-Qaeda are getting along much better nowadays!) Hopefully an interrogation will produce some useful intelligence before the Lebanese hand her over. It’s a lot to hope she knows where the dirty bomb materials are being kept, but the holiday season is all about hopes and wishes.
Update: The Iraqi government is throwing cold water on the Lebanese claim to have al-Baghdadi’s wife in custody, saying that the individual in question, an Iraqi national named Saja al-Dulaimi, is not one of the ISIS leader’s two wives.
Update: The Taliban’s wish list includes a renewed terror offensive to remind everyone they’re still large and in charge, as American forces withdraw. The latest victories for the mighty warriors of jihad include murdering a South African aid worker and his teenage son and daughter. They also overran Camp Bastion last week, with very little notice from Western media, evicting the Afghan security forces who had been put in charge of the former U.S. and British military base. After three days of fighting, government forces were able to reclaim the base.