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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Bombing

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Bombing

The bombing killed 22 people, including children.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, on Monday night. The attack killed 22 people and left 59 injured.

British authorities refuse to name the attacker, but CBS News reported he was 23-year-old Salman Abedi. Yes, the authorities knew about him before the attack.

Officials continue to sweep areas around Manchester, which resulted in the arrest of one 23-year-old man they did not identify. They also searched an address they believe have links to the bomber.

ISIS has repeatedly call for more attacks against the West, especially at soft targets like concerts and sports events.

Authorities do not know yet if he acted alone or with help from the terrorist group. In previous attacks, the terrorists have claimed allegiance to ISIS while the group took responsibility, but the perpetrators “were not directly supported or guided by the terror network.”


Ariana Grande is a pop star, which means she had a ton of young girls in her audience.

Unfortunately, this means children are among the dead. From The London Times:

The first victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena were named as Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, from Leyland, Lancashire and Georgina Callender, 18.

PM Theresa May Condemns Attack

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack at a press conference. From The New York Times:

I have just chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee COBR, where we discussed the details of and the response to the appalling events in Manchester last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and the families and friends of all those affected.

It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack — an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.

This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom. And although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worst ever to hit the north of England.

The police and security services are working at speed to establish the complete picture, but I want to tell you what I can at this stage.

At 10:33 last night, the police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, in Manchester city center, near Victoria train station.

We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately. The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert, which was attended by many young families and groups of children.

All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.

Trump Calls ISIS “Losers”

During his meeting with Abbas, President Donald Trump lashed out at ISIS. From Fox News:

“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said. “I won’t call them (attackers) monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are, they’re losers.”

“The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever,” Trump said. “This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”


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“Yes, the authorities knew about him before the attack.”

Treating Islamist terrorism as a law enforcement effort is an approach that allows them to kill at will, so long as they commit no crimes beforehand.

This is not a crime wave: it is war. It requires a fundamentally different approach, if our people are going to be secure in their own countries.

Someone from ISIS tweeted “ManchesterArena” in the hours leading up to the attack.

I have no doubts at all that they did it.

Sadly, England does not have another Churchill to rally them against this Islamic Reich.

    Arminius in reply to RedEchos. | May 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Lately I have far more confidence in what the Islamic state or even AQ or Iran say than the what our so-called leaders have to say. Even Trump is beginning to disappoint no that he’s backed off his blunt campaign rhetoric but he hasn’t descended to telling the out and out lies I hear from so “Imams” like May, or Merkel, or Pope Francis et al. I hate to say that about a man of the cloth, but the fact is that the USCCB is punishing Catholic priests who actually speak up and tell the truth about Islam. No doubt on orders from Rome that Catholic priests who contradict Francis’ and now the RCC’s official lies on behalf of Islam have to be shut down.

    And it isn’t even that hard to learn the truth. All you have to have are two texts. The Quran and Sirat al Rasul Allah (the life of the prophet of Muhammad). The Sirah literature is just the minor part of the Sunnah of Muhammad now (I bet Imams May, Merkel, and Francis don’t even know where the Sunni sect derives its English name) and the rest of the Sunnah consists of the ahadth collections, available online at Also extremely usefull are the commentaries, really exegesis, of ibn Kathir, available at Tafsir is the Arabic word for exegesis. Ibn Kathir was a medieval Islamic scholar but he is still considered so authoritative that if anyone wishes to translate the Quran into another language the translator must consult ibn Kathir or authorities such as Al Azhar University won’t even accept it for review.

    It may seem like a lot but the two books aren’t expensive at discount bookstores and they’re not very long. And the two websites are available for free of course, and they’re accurate translations.

    And fortunately groups like the Islamic state will help you out. In the final issue of their online magazine Dabiq, named after the town in Syria they used to occupy where the final apocalyptic battle between the Muslims and the “Crusaders” is predicted to take place (since they’ve lost control of Dabiq they’ve been publishing a new propaganda magazine, Rumiyah, a classical Arabic word for Rome which is of course a city they would desperately like to conquer) they published an informative article titled “Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You.” I would never send you to an IS website, but fortunately there are organizations that monitor what IS is saying in their propaganda magazines. It’s available here.

    But it seems wrong to call it a propaganda magazine. It’s very blunt. The article begins:

    “Shortly following the blessed attack on a sodomite, Crusader nightclub by the mujahid Omar Mateen, American politicians were quick to jump into the spotlight and denounce the shooting, declaring it a hate crime, an act of terrorism, and an act of senseless violence. A hate crime? Yes. Muslims undoubtedly hate liberalist sodomites, as does anyone else with any shred of their fitrah (inborn human nature) still intact. An act of terrorism? Most definitely. Muslims have been commanded to terrorize the disbelieving enemies of Allah…”

    Allah does just that in Surah 3 verse 151 and Surah 8 verse 12. Moreover the Quran commands Muslims to pattern their lives on the life of Muhammad. In Sahih al Bukhari, the most authoritative book in Sunni Islam, Book of Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad), (122) Chapter: “I have been made victorious…” Hadith #2977 Muhammad makes it very clear what has mad him victorious. “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.”

    You can’t get more authentically Islamic than to emulate the prophet and do exactly as Allah commands.

    “But an act of sensless violence? One would think that the average Westerner, by now, would have abandoned the tired claim that the actions of the mujahidin – who have repeatedly stated their goals, intentions, and motivations – don’t make sense. ”

    They have certainly done that. Nidal Malik Hassan even gave a powerpoint presentation on why as a Muslim he had no choice but to shoot down his fellow soldiers citing chapter and verse. But since it was official Obama regime policy that there can not be any connection between Islam and terrorism we aren’t allowed to give these clear, well sourced confessions any credit. Hell, the army’s report on the Fort Hood shooting didn’t even mention Nidal Malik Hassan or Islam, just amorphous “workplace violence.” Sing with me, the refrain: “We may never know why Omar Mateen, who spent a half hour on phone with the 911 operator explaining exactly why he was doing what he was doing, committed this senseless act of violence.” A few paragraphs later the article continues:

    “…There are exceptions among the disbelievers, no
    doubt, people who will unabashedly declare that jihad
    and the laws of the Shari’ah – as well as everything
    else deemed taboo by the Islam-is-a-peaceful-religion
    crowd – are in fact completely Islamic, but they tend
    to be people with far less credibility who are painted
    as a social fringe, so their voices are dismissed and a
    large segment of the ignorant masses continues believing the false narrative. As such, it becomes important
    for us to clarify to the West in unequivocal terms – yet
    again – why we hate you and why we fight you.

    1. We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the oneness of Allah –
    whether you realize it or not – by making partners
    for Him in worship, you blaspheme against Him,
    claiming that He has a son, you fabricate lies against
    His prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all
    manner of devilish practices. It is for this reason that
    we were commanded to openly declare our hatred for
    you and our enmity towards you.”

    Again, this is mainstream Islam. The article continues with very next sentence quoting Surah 60:4:

    “There has already been for you an excellent pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, “Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah . We have denied you, and there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone” except for the saying of Abraham to his father, “I will surely ask forgiveness for you, but I have not [power to do] for you anything against Allah . Our Lord, upon You we have relied, and to You we have returned, and to You is the destination.”

    The Arabic makes it clear that when Allah calls someone an excellent pattern it’s no mere recommendation. It’s a command. Allah is telling Muslimshis father that “has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone.” Muslims must have animosity and hatred for non-Muslims even if they have to be like this man. And here Abraham is telling they’re their own fathers. But Muslims must not follow Abraham’s example when he tells his father he will pray for his forgiveness. Allah would not permit Muhammad, who was an excellent pattern with no exceptions to pray for his own parents forgiveness.

    Basically when you have the resources you know that it isn’t IS lying to us. They aren’t sugarcoating anything. It’s our own leaders. And as I said Trump is beginning to disappoint. Primarily because he’s surrounded himself with fools and worse he’s listening to them. It may seem strange to call his National Security Adviser a fool but on this one subject he is. He’s of the Obama school that Islam is a religion of peace, that IS is unislamic, perverting a great religion, blah blah blah. IS isn’t perverting anything, but you have to stop listening to Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front groups and their propaganda and learn that for yourself.

    And Tillerson is a piece of work, too. He actually said this:

    ” Tillerson was asked aboard Air Force One whether Trump still stands by his comments that Islam “hates us.”

    “I think the president’s views, like we hope the American people’s views, are going to continue to evolve,” Tillerson said, according to a reporter traveling with the president…

    “Understanding each other’s cultures, understanding each other’s beliefs, and I think talking more openly about those, I think there’s a great deal that’s misunderstood about the Muslim world, by Americans and the Western world,” he said…

    “Nothing helps you learn and understand people better than coming to their homes, where they live and seeing them face to face, seeing their families, and seeing their communities, finding out we all share the same wants and desires for ourselves and our people, and our families: peace, prosperity, we want our children to grow up without fear,” he said.”

    Note that Tlllerson is conflating Islam with Muslims. Sorry, but going to people’s homes, seeing their faces and families, and all that crap teaches you nothing about Islam. That’s like going to a “Catholics for Choice” meeting and deciding the Catholic Church must not teach that abortion is inherently evil because, hey, there are pro-abortion Catholics, too!. Or concluding that everything you’ve heard about Jewish dietary laws was wrong because you went to a seafood restaurant with a Jewish friend and he ordered the shrimp. Or learning your Baptist friend got arrested for hitting his wife and concluding that wife beating must have been condoned by Christ (no, he didn’t), but since none of your Muslim friends have been arrested for wife beating that vicious rumor you heard that Islam condones wife beating must be an Islamophic lie (Allah condones wife beating in Surah 4 verse 34, and no matter where in the world they live devout Muslim wives would never think of reporting it because they know it’s part of their relgion, and if your Muslim friends are your oil-business contacts in Saudi Arabia they can’t be arrested because it’s not a crime as there are no laws against doing what Allah permits).

    There are degrees of how devout one is about their religion, and how knowledgeable they are. Millions of people are born into Islam every year who have no use for the thing but if they’re born in a Muslim country like the KSA the penalty for making that known is the death penalty. Go to their house for dinner and you won’t learn damned thing about Islam but Tillerson apparently thinks you’ve learned all you need to know. The fact remains that the more devout a Muslim is, and the more knowledgeable he is about Islam, the more likely he is to became a terrorist. You can’t say that about any other religion.

      SDN in reply to Arminius. | May 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      All I know is that Trump stood in Riyadh and told the Muslim world that they have to clean up their act.

This latest attack makes a damn good case for a ban on Moslem refugees, but the left is still wearing the blinders and will continue to do so, until they get a bomb or a bullet busting up their utopian world.

    Blinders? No.

    Both the Left and the Islamists demand the destruction of Western civilization. On this they share a common goal (though they differ somewhat on what comes after that).

    The hardcore Left is not wearing blinders. They are fully aware of the risks — indeed, they are counting on it — and are inviting more of this.

Has Frau Merkel weighed in?