On Friday, three terror attacks in three very different places on three continents with very different targets and victims were carried out by ISIS or other jihadi terrorists.
- In Kuwait a mosque was bombed, killing at least 13;
- In France, in a horrific attack, a factory near Lyon was targeted, one man was beheaded and several others were injured;
- In Tunisia, a hotel beach was attacked killing 37 foreign tourists.
In Kuwait (Asia), ISIS have claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing of a Shiite mosque during Friday Ramadan prayers, killing 13:
A suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in the Kuwaiti capital during the main weekly prayers Friday, killing and wounding dozens, officials and witnesses said. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State.
The blast hit Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City, security officials and witnesses said. Medics said at least 13 people were killed in the blast.
A witness told AFP “dozens were killed and wounded,” and pictures circulating on social media showed several bloodied bodies in the mosque amid debris.
Friday’s attack is the first such bombing targeting Kuwaiti Shiites, who make up around one-third of the country’s native population of 1.3 million people. IS is a radical Sunni Muslim group and considers Shiites to be heretics.
Friday midday prayers are typically the most crowded of the week, and attendance increases during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which started last week.
In France (Europe), another bloody Jihadist attack took place on its soil when a factory near Lyon was targeted and one man was beheaded!
At least one person was killed and several were injured in a terror attack on a factory in the Lyon region in southeastern France late Friday morning.
The decapitated body of a man was found on the premises, according to Sky News. It reported that the 30-year-old suspect was known to the foreign intelligence services.
The victim was reportedly an employee of the factory. His head was discovered by police perched on the fence outside the factory, covered in Arabic writing.
The suspected attacker entered the factory and set off several small explosive devices, a legal source told AFP. Witnesses reported strong explosions at the plant.
“According to the initial findings of the enquiry, one or several individuals on board a vehicle drove into the factory. An explosion then took place,” said one of the sources.
“The decapitated body of a person was found nearby the factory but we do not yet know whether the body was transported to the place or not,” added this source, adding that a “flag with Arabic writing on it was found on the scene.”
A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details to the media, said the man’s torso was found near the site of the explosion but that the victim was not decapitated by the blast.
French President Francois Hollande said a man who launched a “terrorist” assault has been identified and that there may have been a second attacker.
“This attack was in a vehicle driven by one person, perhaps accompanied by another,” Hollande said at an EU summit in Brussels. “The individual suspected of committing this attack has been arrested and identified.”
And in Tunisia (Africa) tourists were targeted in a terror attack on the beach at Sousse:
In the absence of armed security, the holidaymakers, packed on the beach and at the pool, were effectively sitting ducks.
Nobody seems to have noticed Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, a Tunisian student, who had wandered on to the beach, wearing black T-shirt and shorts. He was clean shaven and dressed like a Western tourist. In the dense fug of confusion, some reports suggested he had arrived by boat; others that he had turned up on a jet ski. Whatever the reality, Rezgui had strolled along the sand, nobody noticing the Kalashnikov assault rifle concealed inside a parasol.
On Saturday, two young Tunisian locals, who organise parasailing and jet ski rides from the beach recalled that some time between 11.30am and 11.45am the gunman approached the sun loungers arranged along the beach.
“I was sitting talking to some guests from the Imperial Marhaba hotel. We are all friends here,” said one of the two men, who identified himself as Wael. He didn’t think much of it when he heard the first bang.
“I heard a kind of hissing clap sound and thought it must be someone messing around with fireworks for a joke,” said Wael. Then the reality dawned.
Reports suggest that Rezgui first shot at a paraglider hovering above the Mediterranean. He then turned his Kalashnikov on the sunbathers.
The British newspapers all have harrowing reports from survivors of the attack, whose victims were chiefly British, but also from several other European countries.
The Times of Israel reminds us that despite being one of the only relative successes fo the Arab Spring, Tunisia still suffers from terrorism:
Tunisia has been battered by terrorist attacks, most recently in March when two Tunisians returning from Libya killed 22 people at the national museum.
Besides these three outrages, ISIS massacred 145 civilians in the Kurdish border town of Kobane, Syria. This received hardly any resonance in the media since such massacres are a daily occurrence nowadays, much like the car bombs and suicide bombings in Iraq.
It is clear from these attacks that ISIS are determined to kill anyone, of any religion, who does not keep to their way of life: they had no compunction in killing Muslim worshippers at prayer in the holiest month of the Muslim year simply because they are the “wrong” kind of Muslim. Of course Europeans are another obvious target of these Muslim extremists, and not for the first time either.
A question that arises immediately from the timing of these attacks is whether they were coordinated, or were they all just “lone wolves” who happened to pick the same day. Legal Insurrection wonders about this Ramadan of Disaster:
It looks coordinated. It feels coordinated; Pentagon officials, however, have been slow to label this an ISIS conspiracy, instead emphasizing that both the Pentagon and the State Department are still investigating. ISIS claimed credit for the attacks in Kuwait, but not the other two attacks.
Still, in terms of the call and response between ISIS and their supporters, it’s reasonable to posit that, even if they’re not responsible for these attacks, they’re surely their ideological driving force:
While there was little to suggest any co-ordination between the atrocities, experts noted that they came shortly after ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called on supporters to step up their activities.
In fact, despite any lack of evidence, ISIS supporters are certainly celebrating their bloody Friday:
Supporters of the Islamic State are celebrating the wave of terror attacks today in France, Tunisia and Kuwait as “bloody Friday,” tweeting praise using the #bloodyfriday hashtag.
“This Friday is a holiday for the Muslims,” one IS supporter gloats online, according to a Mideast analyst writing on Vocativ.
Beyond the security nightmare that this summer looks like it is turning into, Israelis are asking another very pertinent question: When will the world wake up? Noah Klieger at Ynet rebukes the world for its hypocrisy and blindness (emphases added):
After the massacre at the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the murder of Jews at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, millions took to the streets of Paris and other cities around the world to protest.
I wondered at the time what was the goal of these “peace marches” and whether they would be followed by additional steps. I estimated that they wouldn’t – and unfortunately, I was right.
How long will it still take world powers to realize that ISIS and the rest of the radical Islamic terror groups are not fighting against Israel, against the occupation or against the settlements? How long will it take the leaders of the free world to realize that the murder sprees in Tunisia, Kuwait and France are directed at Christianity and the Muslim factions that don’t agree with the supporters of radical Islam?
It will be interesting to see how the leaders of France and Britain react now, if they even react. They will likely reward the main funder of Islamic terror, Iran, with a few additional concessions in the impending nuclear agreement.
Unfortunately, it seems that the call on world power to wake up immediately is falling on deaf ears. And anyway, the feeling is that it is already too late. Right now, only drastic measures will be able to save the world from terror.
It certainly looks like Klieger is right. Even if the world acknowledges the threat of extremist Muslim terrorism, their counter-activities are almost worthless in effect. And yet they continue to badger Israel to create yet another terrorist failed state within its borders which is bound to turn into an ISIS-like Muslim extremist state within days of its creation. One only need look at Gaza for a grim example.