The Islamic State begins a campaign of attacks in revenge for the death of its former “caliph” and asks its members to perpetrate criminal actions during Ramadan

The Islamic State has begun a campaign of attacks (so far they have claimed 13 in different parts of the world, Africa, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria), ordered on Sunday by its spokesman, Abu Omar Al-Muhajir, for the death, in a US military operation in Syria, of the two top leaders of the jihadist gang, Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi and Abu Hamzah Al-Qurashi. This campaign is similar to the one developed after the death of the first “caliph”, Abu Bark Baghdadi.

In fact, in the claims of criminal actions that they publish on their social networks they point out that they are part of the “battle of revenge for the two sheikhs”.

Specifically, and within the month of Ramadan, which concludes at the beginning of May, the spokesman asks them to commit attacks in the West, where the “official” activity of the gang has been irrelevant, although there have been stabbings and attacks of a clearly jihadist nature.

What the terrorists may do in the coming days, to obey the instructions of ISIS, depends on the will of the actors, “lone wolves”, who remain “asleep” and the possible cells that may have been formed in Western countries. The effectiveness of the police has prevented several attacks already underway, with the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of the individuals who were planning them. This does not mean that, at some point, they will be able to carry out their criminal intentions.

In Afghanistan, at least six people were killed on Tuesday in a multiple attack on a school in Kabul. The attack occurred as the students of the school, one of the largest in the city and located in a neighborhood with a Hazara majority – a minority Shiite ethnic group in the country – were leaving class. First there was an explosion at the entrance to the school. After a few minutes, when some rescue teams and other students arrived, another explosive detonated. A third one was detonated later, on the outskirts of the school.

For the moment, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but there is little doubt: in recent years, the local branch of the Islamic State has targeted the country’s Hazara minority, attacking both their mosques on prayer days and their schools, both for boys and girls. According to the ultra-radical and archaic interpretation of this jihadist group – much more radical, for example, than that of the Taliban – the Shiites are apostates and traitors to Islam for venerating, among other things, Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad.

Throughout Europe, for example, there are 4,000 individuals suspected of being related to jihadism in Spain; in France, 7,500; in the United Kingdom, 23,000; in Germany, 600 are directly monitored out of a group that may exceed 30,000. The security forces monitor them to detect their level of radicalization and, at the slightest hint that they may take action, to become “lone wolves”, they inform the judicial authority and proceed to arrest them.

This high number of suspects, provided by anti-terrorist sources, gives an idea of a danger that, contrary to what the public opinion internalizes, is growing. The news of the arrests, the result of complicated investigations, lasting months, years, hardly occupy a prominent place in the media; perhaps because we have become accustomed to this efficiency that avoids such tragic episodes as those that have been experienced in recent years around the world.


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