Everything ISIS says about itself — its intentions, its goals, its view of the world, its understanding of today’s global conflicts — makes it clear that they are from the first to the last all about Islam. Yet that is the one aspect of their activities that Western analysts routinely discount, insisting that they’re misunderstanding the religion of peace. Why do so many Muslims all misunderstand Islam in the same way?
“‘ISIS kidnappers planned to kill ‘infidel’ British couple who went missing in South Africa,'” by Jane Flanagan, MailOnline, March 6, 2018:
Two British botanists kidnapped by a violent gang with links to terror group ISIS were ‘hunted’ as ‘good targets’ in a remote forest to ‘strike fear into the heart’ of those opposed to an Islamic caliphate, text messages from their attackers reveal.
Rod and Rachel Saunders were stalked as they searched for rare plants and seeds in a remote South African beauty spot, unaware of the chilling plan to snatch them.
Messages retrieved from the phones of two of three suspects arrested in the wake of the couple’s disappearance reveal the innocent pair were victims of a terror plot targeting the ‘kuffar’ –non-believers in Islam – whose bodies are ‘never found’.
New police documents presented in court today, opposing the suspects’ applications for bail, set out details of the gang’s plot to target victims whose plight would cause maximum outrage in the West.
Mr and Mrs Saunders, who live in Cape Town, were last seen hiking in the Drakensberg mountains almost a month ago after guiding a crew from a BBC gardening programme. Their Land Cruiser was found 150 miles from their final sighting, some days later, with its boot heavily stained with blood.
Hopes that the popular pair may still be found alive faded further as detective warrant officer Anuresh Lutchman, from South Africa’s anti-terror unit, revealed the chilling text messages which were exchanged between the couple’s alleged kidnappers.
There were discussions to prepare to kill the kuffar and abduct their allies, to destroy infrastructure and to put fear into the heart of the kuffar,’ his statement to the court in Durban revealed.
In one exchange, suspect Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio texted his wife and co-accused Fatima Patel on 10 February to announce he had found an ideal target for their terror plan – ‘an elderly couple in the forest’. To which she responded that ‘the target’ offered the gang a ‘good hunt’.
In another phone message to an unknown contact, Del Vecchio urged the importance of the victims’ bodies never being found.
‘When the brothers in Kenya go out and do this work, it is very important that the body of the victim is never found and it remains a missing person case,’ he texted….
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