National Security & Defense

Fighting Radical Islamic Terrorism Starts with Understanding Radical Islam

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (image via YouTube)

Tammy Duckworth is a fool.

She says I am the reason terrorists become radicalized. This is another example of how Duckworth sees the world through a delusional, partisan lens, willfully ignorant of what motivates the enemy and threatens our safety as Americans.

Radical Islamic terrorists fight and kill in order to create a global caliphate, an Islamic state where sharia law reigns and the caliph’s authority is absolute. The great majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims wish to live in peace, and many are our allies against the ISIS malignancy. However, millions identify with and support the cause of radical Islam.

In May 2015, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS’s leader and self-proclaimed emir of the caliphate, was recorded as saying

Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.

Duckworth is choosing to ignore what motivates terrorists who rape, torture, behead, and burn alive anyone who does not advance the caliphate.

As CNN reported, ISIS 

aims to replace existing, man-made borders, to overcome what it sees as the Shiite “crescent” that has emerged across the Middle East, to take its war — Islam’s war — to Europe and America, and ultimately to lead Muslims toward an apocalyptic battle against the “disbelievers.”

Toward those ends, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani has urged Muslims throughout the world to “kill any disbeliever, whether he be French, American, or from any of their allies.”

Duckworth told the Chicago Tribune that I am the cause of the radicalization of terrorists, because they see “Mark Kirk demonizing Muslim and Islam and wanting to shut down our borders.” This naiveté explains why Duckworth advocates that the U.S. accept 200,000 refugees under the administration’s self-admittedly flawed screening system.

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Duckworth ignores the Justice Department’s finding that recently arrested terrorist Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab was resettled as a refugee in our country in October 2012 and began communicating on social media “about his intent to return to Syria to fight for terrorist organizations.” Al-Jayab then left the U.S. in November 2013 and broadcasted “on social media that he was in Syria fighting with various terrorist organizations, including Ansar al-Islam, a designated foreign terrorist organization.” Al-Jayab, who returned to California in January 2014 and was arrested on terrorism-related charges this year, was already radicalized when he arrived as a refugee in our country in October 2012.

According to the Justice Department, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, who was resettled in Texas as a refugee in November 2009, “attempted to provide material support and resources, including training, expert advice and assistance, and personnel — specifically himself — to a known foreign terrorist organization.” Al Hardan told federal investigators that “he was not associated with a terrorist organization when, in fact, he associated with members and sympathizers of ISIS throughout 2014,” according to the Justice Department. So, Al Hardan was radicalized more than a year before anyone in the U.S. had called for a pause in the Syrian- and Iraqi-refugee programs.

#share#I called for a pause in the Syrian- and Iraqi-refugee programs after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, where two ISIS members were found to have entered Europe using fake passports while claiming to be refugees. Since the rise of ISIS, authorities in the U.S. have arrested 79 radicalized individuals on terrorism-related charges. Fifteen individuals who entered the U.S. through the refugee program have been involved in terrorism cases. The facts show that ISIS has the materials and intention to continue what has worked:

‐ISIS has created a fake passport industry after seizing blank passports and passport-printing machines. According to ABC News, a Department of Homeland Security report warns: “Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.”

‐FBI Director James Comey says, “The intelligence community is concerned that they [ISIS] have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting.”

‐In October 2015, Director Comey testified before Congress: “There is risk associated with bringing anybody in from the outside, but especially from a conflict zone like that. . . . My concern there is that there are certain gaps I don’t want to talk about publicly in the data available to us.”

‐British intelligence officials say ISIS is exploiting refugee flows to smuggle in terrorists.

‐Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany’s domestic security and intelligence agency, says: “We have repeatedly seen that terrorists . . . have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing.” Maassen added, “We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more IS fighters or terrorists from IS that have slipped in.”

#related#Pausing the intake of refugees until we have a credible screening process does not create terrorists. It will prevent terrorists from using the refugee program to enter the U.S.

In November, the people of Illinois will have a choice to make. I understand the threat and see no greater responsibility than protecting Americans and advancing policies based on fact. Tammy Duckworth sees the world through an ideological, partisan lens and dismisses the threat and motivation of those who seek to kill Americans and our allies. 


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