ISIS has sustained serious casualties in the past few months. Between the Peshmerga and the Russians they’re literally being hammered on all sides.
But even though they’re getting beat to death they’re still growing.
And they’re growing outside of their native home and territories…and that’s not good news for the rest of the world.
We’ve already seen evidence of their presence in many different European nations…and even in the U.S.
But new intel suggests they have a powerful terror cell in the center of Jerusalem.
In June 2016, two of the suspects allegedly travelled to Turkey via Jordan where they attempted to cross into Syria, Ha’aretz reports. The two were detained by Turkish police in the city of Gaziantep and deported back to Jordan before returning to Israel.
The indictment says that once back in Israel, the group began planning to carry out an attack, including a possible shooting attack on Tel Aviv beaches.
The group later planned to make explosives, targeting the Teddy Stadium in west Jerusalem or Israel’s parliament buildings, and had saved nearly 1,000 NIS (around $266) to finance the attack before being arrested, Ha’aretz says.
Israel’s Shin Bet said that when one of the group members was detained, two others made plans to kidnap an Israeli soldier to be used as collateral and demand his release.
Several Arab Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of links with IS and plans to carry out attacks inspired by the Sunni extremist group.
Israeli security officials have said two Palestinians who shot dead four Israelis in Tel Aviv in June had drawn inspiration from IS.
And Shin Bet said an Arab Israeli who killed three people in a January 1 shooting spree in Tel Aviv may have been inspired by the jihadist group.
Last month an Israeli court jailed five Arab Israelis for terms from 30 months to six years for seeking to join the Islamic State group in Syria.
“Five Israeli Arabs arrested in 2014 for trying to join the Islamic State”
Agents of the Shin Bet arrested one of the suspected IS sympathizers at Ben Gurion airport in 2014 as he attempted to leave Israel for Turkey, on his way to Syria, court documents said.
The man, Karim Abu Saleh from the northern Israeli town of Sakhnin, also “decided to carry out an attack with a firearm against security personnel in Israel,” said the charge sheet.
Abu Saleh attempted unsuccessfully to obtain a Kalashnikov assault rifle for that purpose, it said.
He was sentenced to six years in prison.
All the men shared IS videos which encouraged the killing of non-Muslims, carried out combat drills and practiced making petrol bombs, said the charge sheet.
“The accused were charged with membership and activity in a banned organisation,” it said.
Abu Saleh was also charged with conspiracy to commit a firearms offence.
The men had all confessed under a plea bargain arrangement, the document said.
Israel has so far largely avoided IS-inspired attacks, though it estimates that around 50 of its citizens have traveled to Syria to fight with Sunni rebels.
It is not entirely unexpected to see ISIS in Jerusalem. The capital city of the Jewish nation is rife with terrorists…that’s why the IDF has their hands full trying to keep their streets clean.
The problem here is this needn’t have happened. If Obama would have mustered a serious response to ISIS there might be no ISIS to contend with.
But because he’s drug his feet they’re now alive in well in the land of the people they hate most.
Let’s pray there aren’t more cells being developed.
What do you think of this development? And, do you think we have to worry about terror cells here in the US?