ISIS’ Ramadan Rampage – A Month of Hell

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Since Monday, June 27th, ISIS has carried out suicide attacks in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, and most likely Turkey as well.

The attack which occurred on Tuesday was the most deadly attack to ever take place at an airport throughout the world.  A U.S. government official (who will remain nameless) stated in regards to Tuesday’s attack that there is “no reason to think it isn’t ISIS.”  Also, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had said that the early signs of the attack point to ISIS.  However, it is not certain that the Islamic State is behind the attacks, as they have not yet claimed responsibility.

Since Ramadan began on June 5th, the world has seen a spike in numbers of terrorist attacks backed by Islamic groups such as the Islamic State and a Kurdish organization by the name of PKK.  This is not very surprising though, due to the fact that ISIS specifically called for terrorist attacks to take place during the holy month of Ramadan.

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the spokesman for the Islamic State, released audio in May.  In the tape, he requested attacks, stating, “Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad… make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.”

They have done just that.

On Monday, June 27th,  ISIS began a string of attacks across the Middle East.  ISIS suicide bombers detonated explosives in a Christian village in Lebanon, just across the border with Syria.  This attack killed five people.

The next day, Tuesday June 28th, the Islamic State perpetrated another suicide attack, killing seven Jordanian security officers at a border checkpoint between Syria and Jordan.

Also on that day, the Istanbul airport was attacked by multiple Islamic suicide bombers who were likely members of the Islamic State, though that has not yet been confirmed.

This week has been one from hell so far, however the entire month of Ramadan has seemed to carry the same weight.  At the beginning of the holy month, the Islamic State struck in the west, when two French police officers were killed in a town outside of Paris by an ISIS militant.

However the most memorable is the Orlando, Florida nightclub massacre.

That night, 49 people were killed, and roughly 100 were wounded, making the attack the most lethal terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11, and also had shown that the United States is not safe from jihadist attacks.

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Unfortunately, the month of hell is not over.  While the majority of the Islamic world treats Ramadan as a time for fasting and prayer, militant groups such as ISIS use the month to carry out attacks around the globe.  Perhaps the most significant day of Ramadan, the 27th day which is called ‘the Night of Power”, is yet to come.  This night signifies the day that the Prophet Mohammed began receiving the first verses of the Qur’an.

Throughout history, militant groups such as the Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS, have used this day to carry out brutal attacks against a wide range of enemies.

This year, the Night of Power will fall on Saturday, July 2nd, and Ramadan will officially conclude the evening of July 5th. Hopefully, the string of attacks that are taking place will also conclude.

 

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