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‘Forest Jihad’: Al-Qaeda Blamed For Recent Series Of Forest Fires Across Europe


AFP – “Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group’s low-cost attack strategy.

‘One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts’,’ Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies.

‘This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses.’

In linking al-Qaeda to the deadly wildfires, Mr Bortnikov pointed to calls to launch a ‘forest jihad’ by various extremist websites which he said also publish detailed instructions about how and where to best carry out arson.

He said it was very difficult for special services to find and prosecute such arsonists.

Deadly fires have swept through forest land in EU countries such as Portugal and Spain over the past few months, killing scores of people and forcing thousands to evacuate.

In its continuing campaign against the West, al-Qaeda has vowed to ‘bleed the enemy to death’ by resorting to inexpensive, low-scale attacks it refers to as a ‘strategy of a thousand cuts’.” Source – The Telegraph.

Flashback: Israel: Massive Fires Engulf Jerusalem Following 200 Arson Attacks In Past 2 Weeks – “Who does this kind of thing? I just don’t get it. Setting fires on purpose… In the past, arson has been used as a form of nationalist struggle by Palestinians, a form of terror ‘lite,’ in as much as it usually results in property damage but not death (the Carmel Forest fire that has been at the center of the latest Comptroller’s lambasting of the Interior and Finance ministers was apparently started by accident, not arson).” Read more.

Flashback: Islamists Prepare for ‘Paradigm Shift’, Declare Jihad Inside America by Setting Forest Fires in Nevada Followed by Possible Attacks ‘Elsewhere’ – “Allah have granted a group of our brothers from the lions of Masadat Al-Mujahidin … to set fire in the forests of Nevada in the Reno region. And we by this great event and paradigm shift declare the following: 1. we declare our full responsibility of setting fire in the Nevada forests in America. 2. we declare widening the area of war and transferring it currently to inside America and soon to elsewhere… ” Read more.

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