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In the immediate aftermath of what police are describing as a terrorist incident in and around Parliament, at least three facts stand out suggesting that the attacks are similar to those carried out over the last two years by Isis supporters in Paris, Nice, Brussels and Berlin. .

The similarities with the events today are in the targets of the attacks which in all cases were ordinary civilians, but the means of trying to cause mass casualties differs. In Nice, Berlin and London no fire arms were used by the attackers, while in Paris and Brussels there was a coordinated assault in which guns and explosives were employed.

In Nice on 14 July 2016 a truck killed 86 people and injured hundreds, driving at speed through crowds watching a firework display on the Promenade des Anglais until the driver was shot dead by police. Isis claimed that he was answering their “calls to target citizens of coalition nations that fight the Islamic State”. Britain is a member of the coalition with aircraft and special forces troops in action against Isis in Iraq and Syria.

Isis claimed responsibility for a lorry which drove into a Christmas market in 19 December 2016, killing 12 and injuring dozens. As with Nice, this appears to resemble what happened on Westminster Bridge, going by first reports.

The overall location of the attacks today may be significant and would fit in with the way that Isis normally operates when carrying out such atrocities. This is to act in the centre of capital cities or in large provincial ones in order to ensure 24/7 publicity and maximise the effectiveness of the incident as a demonstration of Isis’s continuing reach and ability to project fear far from its rapidly shrinking core areas in Syria and Iraq.

Isis is sophisticated enough to know that such attacks carried out in news hubs like London or Paris will serve their purposes best. In cases of attack with a knife or a vehicle then Isis would not need to provide more than motivation, though individuals seldom turn out to have acted alone. It may no longer have cells in Europe capable of obtaining fire arms or making bombs.

It could be that the attacks were carried out by another group, the most obvious candidate being one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda in Yemen. Syria or elsewhere. On 11 March 2017 Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda, carried out two bombing attacks in Damascus, killing 59 people, mostly Shia pilgrims from Iraq visiting holy sites. But the Syrian arm of al-Qaeda, while carrying out suicide bombings against targets in Syria, has previously avoided doing so abroad in order to make itself more diplomatically palatable than Isis.

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Could the attacks on Westminster Bridge and in Parliament be linked to the siege of Mosul where Isis has lost the east of the city and half the west since an Iraqi army offensive started on 17 October? Isis has traditionally tried to offset defeats on the battlefield, by terrorist attacks aimed civilians that show they are still very much a force to be feared. The same logic led to the ritual decapitation, drowning and burning of foreign journalists and domestic opponents.

The most likely speculation at this early stage is that the attacks in London are inspired or directed by Isis, but there is too little evidence to make the connection with any certainty. Isis often holds off claiming such atrocities for several days to increase speculation and intensify terror.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Britain, ISIS, Terrorism 
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  1. Renoman says:

    They are poisoning their own people. Why would any Country want the Cult of Islam in it’s boundaries? Is there anything worthwhile about them? If they want all their citizen’s home in the middle east they are going about it beautifully because the West is very very tired of them.

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    It seems obvious that the only "purpose" of these so-called (ISIS) terror attacks is to strengthen local govt calls for more "security" funding and control of the local population. Since ISIS, like al Qaeda before it, is known to be CIA run, its "agents" are deployed to assist, not attack, Western security forces. These incidents remind me of Gladio, another CIA (& NATO) operation of false flag terror attacks in the 1970s-80s. The aim was the same: restrict public freedom and increase security funding.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Gladio
    , @Corvinus
    "Why would any Country want the Cult of Islam in it’s boundaries?"

    Most likely because few Muslims are violent. Perhaps had white Westerners not been so hell bent on invading the world over the centuries that extremism would not be so popular.

    "Is there anything worthwhile about them?"

    Yes. There are 1.6 billion Muslims.
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  2. The UK has been so fortunate that every time its continuing policy of terrorist attacks in the Middle East is under question

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/23/mps-theresa-may-release-kill-list-for-uk-drone-strikes

    Another lone crazy (who just happens to be involved with the “security services”) comes along.

    Who’da thunk it.

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  3. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “In his recent Newsletter, Light on Conspiracies editor and scholar Ole Dammegard predicted the next attack would come in the vicinity of Big Ben, the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament in the UK. Listen as Ole weaves together the pattern displayed by a series of “false flag” attacks across Europe. When you can predict their occurrence, you have a handle on what’s going on. Stunning!”

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  4. …the attacks are similar to those carried out over the last two years by Isis supporters in Paris, Nice, Brussels and Berlin.

    Yes, the “attacks” are similar. That’s because they’re all hoaxes.

    In Nice on 14 July 2016 a truck killed 86 people and injured hundreds,

    It did, huh? How come I can’t find any video of this, I wonder?

    Isis claimed responsibility for a lorry which drove into a Christmas market in 19 December 2016, killing 12 and injuring dozens.

    They did, huh? How did they claim responsibility? Is there an official ISIS website? Do they have a press secretary analogous to the White House press secretary?

    Isis is sophisticated enough to know that such attacks carried out in news hubs like London or Paris will serve their purposes best.

    Ah, yes, they are “sophisticated”, kind of like the various villains in James Bond films. Dr. No, Goldfinger. Who was that weirdo who wore a monocle and always was petting his cat? The Count Blofeld, no? Sophisticated…

    It could be that the attacks were carried out by another group, the most obvious candidate being one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda in Yemen. Syria or elsewhere.

    Oh, “another group”, the most obvious being some other losers in Yemen or Syria or elsewhere. Or elsewhere, eh? Like where, I wonder…. Some other place comes to mind…

    But the Syrian arm of al-Qaeda, while carrying out suicide bombings against targets in Syria, has previously avoided doing so abroad in order to make itself more diplomatically palatable than Isis.

    Oh, they want to present themselves as nice guys, right? Okay, but how does “he of the oh so painful surname” know this? They told him that? What is Dickburn’s source of information for all these statements?

    Isis often holds off claiming such atrocities for several days to increase speculation and intensify terror.

    Ah, yes, how utterly scary of them!

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    You are wasting your time and energy here. Everybody knows what is Dickburn's job.

    Anyway, good news is (that was masked by this London event) is that (1) Jews were forced to admit to carrying out false flag wave of anti-semitic acts and (2) Devin Nunes confirmed he has proof that Trump and Co were spied on (likely by British). Would (1) be the motive for London attack?

    I want to believe that (1) is a result of pressure exerted by Sessions and his DOJ that finally is working for Trump for a change. The (2) should be a big news but it is sidelined by Dickburns of this world. I hope we will hear of (2) more and ideally in y wildest dream I would like to see extradition of Obama from Tahiti.

    JR, are you working on something?

    Q: Do you remember which "terrorist attack" was very convenient for Hillary when they started to ask her tough questions about the server or foundation?
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  5. Caterina says:

    And today’s jihad site: Italy vehicle & knife attack.

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  6. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Wise guru of the Alt Right Ramzpaul nails it.

    People never learn because we resort to such vague terminology and insipid homilies.

    Be SPECIFIC. Get to the point. But the elites and official scribes are too afraid to.

    So, we are told a ‘British-born man’ just went a little funny in the head.

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  7. Virgile says:

    The Islamist attack could be a retaliation on the UK and France for their U-turn on the support they gave to ‘rebels’ since 211 to topple Bashar al Assad. The UK and France were the two only countries that had even nominated an ‘opposition’ Syrian Ambassador in their country. One wonders what happened to these two guys now that the ‘opposition’ has shown that it is totally taken over by Islamists?
    Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Saudi Arabia have maintained their logistic and financial support to Islamist militias. In exchange they got a guarantee that they will not be attacked.
    With Trump pushing for drying up the financial support to ISIS and other Islamists militias, these three countries risk to pay the heavy price of violent retaliation if they are obliged to stop financing the Islamist terrorist militias.

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  8. utu says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    ...the attacks are similar to those carried out over the last two years by Isis supporters in Paris, Nice, Brussels and Berlin.
     
    Yes, the "attacks" are similar. That's because they're all hoaxes.

    In Nice on 14 July 2016 a truck killed 86 people and injured hundreds,
     
    It did, huh? How come I can't find any video of this, I wonder?

    Isis claimed responsibility for a lorry which drove into a Christmas market in 19 December 2016, killing 12 and injuring dozens.
     
    They did, huh? How did they claim responsibility? Is there an official ISIS website? Do they have a press secretary analogous to the White House press secretary?

    Isis is sophisticated enough to know that such attacks carried out in news hubs like London or Paris will serve their purposes best.
     
    Ah, yes, they are "sophisticated", kind of like the various villains in James Bond films. Dr. No, Goldfinger. Who was that weirdo who wore a monocle and always was petting his cat? The Count Blofeld, no? Sophisticated...

    It could be that the attacks were carried out by another group, the most obvious candidate being one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda in Yemen. Syria or elsewhere.
     
    Oh, "another group", the most obvious being some other losers in Yemen or Syria or elsewhere. Or elsewhere, eh? Like where, I wonder.... Some other place comes to mind...

    But the Syrian arm of al-Qaeda, while carrying out suicide bombings against targets in Syria, has previously avoided doing so abroad in order to make itself more diplomatically palatable than Isis.
     
    Oh, they want to present themselves as nice guys, right? Okay, but how does "he of the oh so painful surname" know this? They told him that? What is Dickburn's source of information for all these statements?

    Isis often holds off claiming such atrocities for several days to increase speculation and intensify terror.
     
    Ah, yes, how utterly scary of them!

    You are wasting your time and energy here. Everybody knows what is Dickburn’s job.

    Anyway, good news is (that was masked by this London event) is that (1) Jews were forced to admit to carrying out false flag wave of anti-semitic acts and (2) Devin Nunes confirmed he has proof that Trump and Co were spied on (likely by British). Would (1) be the motive for London attack?

    I want to believe that (1) is a result of pressure exerted by Sessions and his DOJ that finally is working for Trump for a change. The (2) should be a big news but it is sidelined by Dickburns of this world. I hope we will hear of (2) more and ideally in y wildest dream I would like to see extradition of Obama from Tahiti.

    JR, are you working on something?

    Q: Do you remember which “terrorist attack” was very convenient for Hillary when they started to ask her tough questions about the server or foundation?

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    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky

    Everybody knows what is Dickburn’s job.
     
    Everybody knows? Who is "everybody"?

    Well, I know, and you know, and surely plenty of other people can see it, that this guy is a disinfo agent for MI6 or whatever Intel agency. But then there are a whole bunch of people who think this guy is a real information source. Taking things at face value, it even somehow seems that Ron Unz thinks that Dickburn is a real information source. So, I dunno...

    Now, Dickburn must be quite consciously purveying disinformation, but the other writers on this site who just assume the official narrative always, like Sailer and Derbyshire... on the one hand, it's hard to believe that people could be so stupid, but I guess they're honestly deluded.

    Would (1) be the motive for London attack?
     
    It's a reasonable guess, but I don't know for sure. There is a whole series of these things and they've really maintained a pretty intense rhythm on it over the last couple of years now. Most of the events have been in France, but there was Orlando and now there's this in London. Or there were a couple of things in Germany. It's all the same fake shit and it must be the same people behind all of them basically.

    JR, are you working on something?
     
    I'm trying to write a couple of other articles, but it's rough going. It doesn't come easy to me.


    Q: Do you remember which “terrorist attack” was very convenient for Hillary when they started to ask her tough questions about the server or foundation?
     
    Offhand, no. Are you referring to the thing in Orlando? I mean, there are just so many of these things now...
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  9. JGarbo says:
    @Renoman
    They are poisoning their own people. Why would any Country want the Cult of Islam in it's boundaries? Is there anything worthwhile about them? If they want all their citizen's home in the middle east they are going about it beautifully because the West is very very tired of them.

    It seems obvious that the only “purpose” of these so-called (ISIS) terror attacks is to strengthen local govt calls for more “security” funding and control of the local population. Since ISIS, like al Qaeda before it, is known to be CIA run, its “agents” are deployed to assist, not attack, Western security forces. These incidents remind me of Gladio, another CIA (& NATO) operation of false flag terror attacks in the 1970s-80s. The aim was the same: restrict public freedom and increase security funding.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Gladio

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  10. Corvinus says:
    @Renoman
    They are poisoning their own people. Why would any Country want the Cult of Islam in it's boundaries? Is there anything worthwhile about them? If they want all their citizen's home in the middle east they are going about it beautifully because the West is very very tired of them.

    “Why would any Country want the Cult of Islam in it’s boundaries?”

    Most likely because few Muslims are violent. Perhaps had white Westerners not been so hell bent on invading the world over the centuries that extremism would not be so popular.

    “Is there anything worthwhile about them?”

    Yes. There are 1.6 billion Muslims.

    Read More
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  11. @utu
    You are wasting your time and energy here. Everybody knows what is Dickburn's job.

    Anyway, good news is (that was masked by this London event) is that (1) Jews were forced to admit to carrying out false flag wave of anti-semitic acts and (2) Devin Nunes confirmed he has proof that Trump and Co were spied on (likely by British). Would (1) be the motive for London attack?

    I want to believe that (1) is a result of pressure exerted by Sessions and his DOJ that finally is working for Trump for a change. The (2) should be a big news but it is sidelined by Dickburns of this world. I hope we will hear of (2) more and ideally in y wildest dream I would like to see extradition of Obama from Tahiti.

    JR, are you working on something?

    Q: Do you remember which "terrorist attack" was very convenient for Hillary when they started to ask her tough questions about the server or foundation?

    Everybody knows what is Dickburn’s job.

    Everybody knows? Who is “everybody”?

    Well, I know, and you know, and surely plenty of other people can see it, that this guy is a disinfo agent for MI6 or whatever Intel agency. But then there are a whole bunch of people who think this guy is a real information source. Taking things at face value, it even somehow seems that Ron Unz thinks that Dickburn is a real information source. So, I dunno…

    Now, Dickburn must be quite consciously purveying disinformation, but the other writers on this site who just assume the official narrative always, like Sailer and Derbyshire… on the one hand, it’s hard to believe that people could be so stupid, but I guess they’re honestly deluded.

    Would (1) be the motive for London attack?

    It’s a reasonable guess, but I don’t know for sure. There is a whole series of these things and they’ve really maintained a pretty intense rhythm on it over the last couple of years now. Most of the events have been in France, but there was Orlando and now there’s this in London. Or there were a couple of things in Germany. It’s all the same fake shit and it must be the same people behind all of them basically.

    JR, are you working on something?

    I’m trying to write a couple of other articles, but it’s rough going. It doesn’t come easy to me.

    Q: Do you remember which “terrorist attack” was very convenient for Hillary when they started to ask her tough questions about the server or foundation?

    Offhand, no. Are you referring to the thing in Orlando? I mean, there are just so many of these things now…

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