On Easter Sunday, the American media went to extraordinary lengths to avoid the “I” word in what was the worst Islamic attack attack in Sri Lankan history, and instead promoted the work of clowns like this:
The west is owned by bullshitters like him: https://t.co/OvEvCiWdOr
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) April 21, 2019
Only responding to Geller because this tweet is circulating in Sri Lankan circles on WhatsApp and Facebook (who probably have no idea who she is):
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) April 21, 2019
The American media went to extraordinary lengths to avoid the “I” word, but now it is unavoidable. Watch them hide behind the group name or some other nonsense to protect Islam. Make no mistake: everywhere there are Muslims, there is conflict, strife, hatred and murder. Jihadis the world over fight the same cause and use the same playbook, the Quran.
Where is the global outrage we saw in the wake of the Christ Church shooting? Where are the calls to expunge the genocidal texts and teachings in Islam that inspire to commit these atrocities worldwide?
All of these Muslim groups: Boko Haram, Hamas, Al Qaeda, al Shabbab, Hezb’Allah, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, MILF, Abdullah Azzam Shaheed, Brigade, Abu Nidal Organization, Abu Sayyaf, al-Aqsa Foundation, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Al-Badr, al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Al Ghurabaa, al-Haramain Foundation, Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Shabaab, Takfir wal-Hijra, Al-Umar-Mujahideen, Ansar al-Islam, Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna, Ansar Dine, Ansaru, Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, Army of Islam, Osbat al-Ansar, Caucasus Emirate, Deendar Anjuman, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, East Turkestan Islamic Movement, East Turkestan Liberation Organization, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, El Kaide Terör Örgütü Türkiye Yapılanması, Great Eastern Islamic Raiders’ Front, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Haqqani network, Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, Harkat-al-Jihad al-Islami in Bangladesh, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Harakat-Ul-Mujahideen/Alami, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, Hezbollah Military Wing, Hezbollah External Security Organisation, Hilafet Devleti, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Hizbul Mujahideen, Hofstad Network, Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, Indian Mujahideen, Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, Islamic Jihad – Jamaat Mujahideen, Islamic Jihad Union, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jabhat al-Nusra, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamaat Ul-Furquan Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, Jamiat al-Islah al-Idzhtimai, Jamiat ul-Ansar, Jamiat-e Islami, Jemaah Islamiyah, Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid, Jund al-Sham, Jundallah, Kata’ib Hezbollah, Khalistan Commando Force, Khalistan Zindabad Force, Khuddam ul-Islam, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, Muslim Brotherhood, Palestine Liberation Front, Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, People’s Congress of Ichkeria and Dagestan, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage, Stichting Al Aqsa, Students Islamic Movement of India, Supreme Military Majlis ul-Shura of the United Mujahideen Forces of Caucasus, Taliban, Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, United Liberation Front of Assam, World Uygur Youth Congress fight the same cause and use the same playbook, the Quran – impose Islam and Islamic law.
An Islamic group blamed for a series of suicide bombings that killed almost 300 people and injured about 500 others in Sri Lanka was a local branch of ISIS, it is claimed. Members of National Thowheed Jamath are alleged to have blown themselves up at three churches and three hotels on the Indian Ocean island with help from an international network. All of the Easter Sunday bombers were Sri Lankan nationals, and the government has said there were several warnings of possible attacks in the days before the massacre that included eight Britons among the dead. A local Muslim extremist group now stands accused of the worst attacks since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 and one of the world’s worst since 9/11 – but little is known about them. (The Mirror)
Who are National Thowheed Jamath? ‘ISIS branch’ blamed for Sri Lanka attacks
National Thowheed Jamath – the extremist group blamed for deadly bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka – is a local branch of ISIS, a security expert says
By Chris Kitching, The Mirror, 22 APR 2019
A radical Islamic group blamed for a series of suicide bombings that killed almost 300 people and injured about 500 others in Sri Lanka was a local branch of ISIS, it is claimed.
Members of National Thowheed Jamath are alleged to have blown themselves up at three churches and three hotels on the Indian Ocean island with help from an international network.
All of the Easter Sunday bombers were Sri Lankan nationals, and the government has said there were several warnings of possible attacks in the days before the massacre that included eight Britons among the dead.
A local Muslim extremist group now stands accused of the worst attacks since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 and one of the world’s worst since 9/11 – but little is known about them.
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National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), also known as National Thowheeth Jama’ath, hasn’t claimed responsibility for the attacks – no group has as of Monday afternoon – but it has been blamed by Sri Lanka’s government.
It is believed to be a splinter group of the hardline Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ), and its name roughly translates as National Monotheism Organisation.
Before the attacks the NTJ had been accused of promoting Islamic terrorist ideology, and had been known for vandalising Buddhist statues on the island.
Its secretary, Abdul Razik, was arrested on suspicion of inciting racism in 2016. He later apologised.
Blood stains are seen on a statue of Jesus Christ at St. Sebastian Catholic Church (Image: REUTERS)
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A security expert says the group was the ISIS branch in Sri Lanka and perpetrators were known to have links to Sri Lankans who travelled to the Middle East to join the terror group in Syria and Iraq.
About two weeks before the bombings, an advisory from a police official warned that NTJ could possibly attack churches or tourist sites over the Easter holiday.
Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne, the country’s health minister, told reporters that the extremists who carried out the bombings had help from an international network.
He said: “We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country.
Hotels as well as Churches across parts of the country have been targeted
“There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said intelligence reports indicated foreign terrorist organisations were behind Sri Lankan militants.
He he would seek “international assistance” in the investigation. Interpol announced it was joining the probe.
Rohan Gunaratna, a Singapore-based security expert, said the Sri Lankan group was the ISIS branch in Sri Lanka and perpetrators were known to have links to Sri Lankans who travelled to the Middle East to join the terror group in Syria and Iraq.
Relatives of blast victims weep outside a police mortuary (Image: Getty Images)
ISIS supporters celebrated the attacks online.
Alto Labetubun, an anti-terrorism expert, told Reuters that the bombings bore the hallmarks of militant groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda, citing the level of sophistication of the attacks.
He said: “These synchronised attacks are out of the ordinary for Sri Lanka. Compared with similar attacks in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, it has the DNA of attacks carried out by Islamic State and al Qaeda.”
A senior Asian counter-terrorism official, who declined to be named, told Reuters the attack was likely carried out by a group with “significant operational capability and skilled commanders”.
Twenty-four local people have been arrested as part of the investigation.
The US State Department has issued a travel warning that said there was a threat of more attacks against locations including tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, airports and places of worship.
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