London ISIS Terrorists Reportedly had Molotov Cocktails in Their Van
London ISIS Terrorists Reportedly had Molotov Cocktails in Their Van
With the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Ramadan offensive now well underway, British police have identified all three terrorists involved in the London Bridge and Borough Market attack that killed seven people and injured more than 40 others. The three dead terrorists are ring leader, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, all of whom were shot dead by police. It appears from reports that Butt worked for the London Underground and may have had access to the British Parliament. Butt was known to authorities and was featured in a 2016 documentary on Channel 4 called “The Jihadist Next Door.” At least 12 people are under arrest on suspicion of supporting the terrorist attack and Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the slaughter. This would represent the third ISIS attack on British soil in three months. It was reported that one of the London Bridge terror suspects was influenced by Ahmad Musa Jebril, a Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters.
On a more sinister note it is believed that the terrorists had up to a dozen Molotov cocktail bombs in their van. If true, the fake suicide belts and Molotov cocktail bombs appears to make this more than a typical vehicle attack. The third London Bridge attacker Youssef Zaghba was stopped from going from Italy to Istanbul last year and Italian authorities reportedly found ISIS propaganda in his possession. Britain has 500 terrorism cases under active investigation at any time and as many as 23,000 potential terrorists. Tough questions are likely to be asked about Britain’s security services in the coming days as London Bridge mastermind Khuram Butt, Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood, were investigated as potential terror suspects.
French police have shot a man outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, after he tried to attack an officer using a hammer. The area around the cathedral has been closed and people are being asked to stay away. France is in a state of emergency since attacks by terrorists in Paris left 130 people dead in 2015.
In Austria four parents were jailed for ten years for forced their children to watch ISIS beheading videos and flew them from Austria to Syria 'to train as jihadis.'
At least seven people have been killed and 16 injured in a bombing near a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. Very sadly, the death toll in last week’s Kabul bombing jumped from 90 to at least 150 people killed. The huge suicide blast ripped through the Kabul diplomatic quarter on May 31, near the Germany Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace. At least 300 people, including women and children, were injured in the attack. Afghan intelligence said in a statement they believe the Haqqani Network, a Pakistani group allied with the Taliban and Al Qaeda was responsible for the attack.
Australian police are treating a shooting and hostage situation in Melbourne as an “act of terrorism”. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that left two dead including the suspected terrorist Somali-born Yacqub Khayre, who lived in Melbourne. Australian media has reported that he was also known to counter-terrorism authorities for his alleged involvement in a 2009 terror plot to attack the Australian Army barracks in Sydney.
On the international security front, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said Tuesday that the US relationship with Russia is at a low point, and he was directed by President Donald Trump to rebuild the relationship. Tillerson has an up-hill battle after Russia's Defense Ministry stated one of its Su-27 fighter aircraft intercepted an American B-52 strategic bomber flying near the border of Russian airspace. A similar incident took place in September when a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of a US Navy surveillance aircraft in the Black Sea. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has warned that Russia would view Sweden as a threat to be “eliminated” if it joined NATO and Russia has threatened that Montenegro for joining the Western alliance. Russia has reportedly carried out a test of the Zircon, a hypersonic missile system, that could render Western anti-aircraft defense “obsolete.” The Zircon can travel up to 4,6000 mph or five to six times the speed of sound and could be installed on Pyotr Veliky, Russia’s nuclear-powered battle cruiser. It will be able to cover 155 miles in 2.5 minutes and reportedly places Russia 'half a decade' ahead of the US.'
On Monday, five countries in the Middle East and Persian Gulf Region, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, announced that they were forcing Qatar to choose its traditional allies or to continue to support terrorists and Iran. This comes after US President, Donald Trump’s, visit to the region and his demand that it does more to combat terrorism. The five were then joined by the Eastern Libyan Government, Maldives and Mauritius. The Arab countries suspended diplomatic relations and cut off land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar. All but Egypt, which has 250,000 people working in Qatar, ordered their citizens to leave. The move created an immediate crisis as Qatar’s only land border is with Saudi Arabia and the closure has the effect of cutting off 40 percent of Qatar’s food supply from the Saudis.
Qatar has long faced criticism from its neighbors for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization that opposes the hereditary monarchies of the Gulf States and was deposed from government in Egypt by a military coup led by Field Marshal and current President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi in 2014. Qatar is a key financial and political supporter of Hamas in the West Bank, and is home to exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, and reportedly funding extremist Sunni groups fighting in Syria, including Al Qaeda affiliate known as the Al Nusra Front. Al Nusra Front has since reportedly cut ties with Al Qaeda and is now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. There are rumors that the Gulf nations 'cut off relations with Qatar after it emerged that it paid $1 billion in ransom to Al Qaeda and Iran to free 26 Qatari royals kidnapped on a hunting party in southern Iraq in December 2015.
Pakistan is reportedly expected to increase defense spending by $578 million to $8.78 billion in fiscal year 2017-2018 which constitutes a projected 7 percent increase in defense expenditure. It should be noted, that Pakistan likely spends more on defense than its official estimates by almost 50 percent.
China is angry after the US Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Defense Ministers from the Japan and Australia, Tomomi Inada and Marise Payne, said at the Shangri-La Security Dialogue