SHAFAQNA – The attack – the deadliest of three that occurred in Saudi Arabia during in a 24-hour span – killed four security staff in a parking lot outside the Prophet’s Mosque, the grand place of worship that was created in an expansion of the original humble mosque built by the Prophet. Hours earlier, a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the US consulate in the kingdom’s second city, Jeddah. How we’ve sat back as the Middle East has turned into a virtual bloodbath during Islam’s holiest month and continued to blame an entire people and religion for the tiniest fraction of them is absolutely beyond me.
Sunday was particularly bloody: more than 200 shoppers, mostly Shia, were killed in Baghdad after a suicide operation that targeted a three-storey shopping mall – the country’s worst single civilian death count in years.
Baghdad residents hardened by years of war said a July 3 bombing that killed 175 people was like no other in recent memory. If Muslim experts around the world agree not only that ISIS does not represent true Islam, but that its members should not even be thought of as Muslims, then why do so many in the West rush to associate ISIS with Islam?
So they raise the question “how can someone who kill fellow Muslims can be a Muslim?“.
“There’s a Muslim tradition that says that, before Jesus descends, the Antichrist will have free reign over the earth, filling it with injustice and evil”.
Gunmen stormed a crowded restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, taking dozens of people hostage and triggering a deadly firefight with police, witnesses and officials said.
With attacks or thwarted plots in Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks, Daesh appears to be expanding its reach in the Arab world outside of Syria and Iraq, where it established its “Caliphate”. It’s hard for many of us to relate to something like this, because we don’t actually have any “holy sites” in the United States. The kingdom was struck by three attacks.
But the frequency and lethality of those attacks prompted the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to launch the Fallujah operation against the insistence of U.S. advisers, who maintain Iraq’s focus should be on retaking Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been under Islamic State control since 2014.
On June 28, three suicide bombers armed with assault rifles stormed Istanbul’s global airport, one of the world’s busiest, killing 44 people and wounding almost 150.
“The attacks on Muslim majority cities and countries, claiming lives of Muslims during the Holy month of Ramadan, confirm that their heinous acts are against Islam and do not represent Muslims all over the world”.
This might partly explain why there was no responsibility claim.
Adnani was referring to the period from 2006 to 2012 when the group’s predecessor, al-Qaeda in Iraq, was almost decimated by USA forces and survived in a almost dormant existence until a new opportunity arose from the political turmoil in Iraq and Syria, McCants said.
Although Daesh has not claimed responsibility for those two attacks, suspicion leads to its role in them.
Gerges said the Medina attack was not surprising because “there are no red lines anymore”.
“We are still investigating this and it’s too early to tell who is the perpetrator and which group is behind this terror attack“, he told CNN.
Daesh operatives have increasingly become more active in the United States, as well, most recently striking a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.