Among the various propaganda publications ISIS periodically releases, documenting their motivation and plans in plain English is “Rumiyah,” and the fifth edition was released just days ago.Rumiyah is the classical Arabic word for “Rome,” which is in reference to an Islamic prophecy that predicts the fall of Rome. The name of their other magazine, “Dabiq,” makes reference to the city in which they believe an apocalyptic battle with the “Infidel” will take place.
As usual, the latest edition of Rumiyah calls for terror attacks against the West, and lists specific targets within America.
According to Foreign Desk: ISIS is encouraging its followers to focus on a new type of jihad against the West – setting fires.
A picture of the First Baptist Church, a Dallas megachurch appears, with the caption: “A popular Crusader gathering place waiting to be burned down.” “A specific church in Dallas, mentioned in Rumiyah, is taking things to a new level,” commented Graeme Wood, author of “The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State” a new book focusing on the mindset of Islamic State believers.
@SameralAtrush a specific church in Dallas, mentioned in Rumiyah, is taking things to a new level— Graeme Wood (@gcaw) January 7, 2017
Last month, a pro-ISIS group published a list of churches across the U.S. just before Christmas, leaving authorities scrambling and prompting the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to release a warning. To further the push for arson attacks, the author claims the November fire destroying a three-story furniture factory in the Russian town of Losino-Petrovsky was the work of one of its “soldiers;” A claim previously made by the terror group in its weekly Arabic newspaper “Naba.”
He also notes the Israeli wildfires of November 2016 as an example of the severe devastation and chaos that can be caused by fires, irrespective of whether natural causes or arson were factors. “Likewise, the whole world witnessed the devastating fires that ravaged Jewish settlements in Palestine, destroying around 700 Jewish homes. Irrespective of the motive, this deliberate act of destruction demonstrated the lethality of such an effortless operation,” the author writes.
The last ISIS-inspired attack in Texas was attempted by two armed men against those attending a “Draw Muhammad” contest hosted by Pamela Geller. Both wannabe-Jihadis were shot dead before they could enter the event.
But as we’ve discussed here previously, terrorists don’t need guns to commit their vile acts. Knives, pressure cookers, trucks and now gasoline…they will always find a way.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]