Recent articles by Patrick Poole in PJ Media:
Some Helpful Clues for Tennessee Terror Attack Investigators and the Perplexed Media
While investigators still put the pieces together from Thursday’s terrorist attack in Chattanooga, there’s a lot more we already know about the attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. And yet, officials investigating the attack are apparently having problems identifying motive, and some observers still questioning whether this was even a terror attack. So in the spirit of cooperation, let me offer some direction to investigators based on what we already know from what’s been reported. First comes the question of motive, which authorities appear to be baffled by. An exclusive Reuters report gives us some fresh clues: Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five U.S. servicemen, the suspected gunman texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse that included the line: “Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.” . . . (read more)
New Developments in Chattanooga Terror Attack as Killer’s Family, Media Push ‘Loon Wolf’ Narrative
For many in the media, the motive remains elusive. But the killer’s family has given the media the narrative they’ve been searching for: Abdulazeez was mentally ill, depressed, drug addled, a troubled youth with financial debts.. . . But wait a second. Did they just say that going back to 2013, he wrote about “becoming a martyr,” which ABC News quickly translates into him having “suicidal thoughts”? Well, that’s one way to spin it, I guess. They also quickly leap over this important point:
The gunman who killed five American troops in a Chattanooga shooting spree last week did online research for militant Islamist “guidance” on committing violence that he may have believed would wipe away in the afterlife his sins on earth including drug and alcohol abuse, an arrest and a lost job, officials said on Monday.
The Internet searches were discovered on electronic devices such as his smartphone analyzed over the weekend by the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia, several counter-terrorism officials confirmed to ABC News.
So since 2013 he had written about “becoming a martyr,” and also he had conducted online research for Islamic “guidance” for committing violence. But it wasn’t just any “guidance” he sought, but the teachings of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who the U.S. killed in a drone strike in September 2011, the New York Times reports: . . (read more)
Obama Admin Backs NATO Ally Turkey’s Double Game with Islamic State After Turks Bomb Anti-ISIS Kurdish Groups
A bizarre situation unfolded this past week, one that could possibly drag the U.S. into a new war in the Middle East. On Monday, a suicide bomber attacked a rally in Suruc, Turkey, targeting a news conference of the Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations, killing 32. The suicide bomber was identified by Turkish authorities as an Islamic State supporter who had returned from Syria. . . (read more)
McCain Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Iraq Army’s Anti-ISIS Campaign: ‘They Can’t Do It Themselves’
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, interrupted colleagues and had a testy exchange with Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has been nominated by President Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. But during the exchange between the committee chairman McCain and Neller, McCain accidentally let some truth slip out:
McCain also went after Neller on Iraq, interrupting Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was grilling Neller with a series of rapid-fire questions on Iraq, Syria, Iran and whether ISIS was targeting Americans in the U.S. “I’m not aware that they’ve specifically targeted American individuals,” Neller said.
“General, you’re not answering the senator’s questions,” said McCain, who went on to engage Neller on Iraq and the use of U.S. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) on the front lines in Iraq to guide airstrikes.
McCain accused Neller of trying to give a “scholastic answer” on JTACs and said “you know full well as I do – forward controllers make the difference. This line about they’re the ones (the Iraqis) that have to do it for themselves – general, they can’t do it themselves. We know that. That’s why they’re losing.” . . . (read more)
U.S.-Funded Free Syrian Army Unit Shows Off Its Kidnapping Skills in New Training Video
A training video released today by Liwa Fursan al-Haqq (Knights of Justice Brigade) of the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) opens with the group’s special forces practicing their abduction and kidnapping skills. And yet FSA units, funded, supported and armed by the U.S., have been repeatedly implicated in the abduction and kidnapping of U.S. citizens in Syria. Here you can see them putting their U.S.-funded training to practice: . . .(read more)