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Not The Onion: Stabbing suspect claims to be a terrorist but police are “keeping an open mind” about motivation

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A 19-year-old Afghan citizen with German residency is in custody after allegedly stabbing two American tourists at Central Station in Amsterdam Friday afternoon. Identified as Jawed S, he is believed to have been motivated as an Islamic terrorist to commit the attack.

The suspect claimed in police interviews to be a radical Islamic terrorist. However, police say they’re “keeping an open mind while they investigate further.”

American tourists stabbed in Amsterdam were targeted by Afghan man with a ‘terrorist motive’: officials | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/01/us-ambassador-victims-in-amsterdam-stabbing-are-americans.html“Based on the suspect’s first statements, he had a terrorist motive,” the city administration said in a statement on Saturday. They did not elaborate on what the statements were or in what ways they might have shown intent.

Still, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte doubled down on these claims after taking to Twitter to confirm that investigation was zeroing in the role played by extremist ideology.

My Take

This is another example of all indicators pointing towards terrorism but an extended delay before this was begrudgingly acknowledged by local officials and world press. Even after his own admission, officials are skeptical for some reason. It’s to be expected nowadays, but it’s concerning because when terrorism strikes on a mass scale or through coordinated attacks, the reluctance to state the obvious until there’s no way to hide it can end up costing more lives.

When a terrorist says he’s a terrorist, don’t keep an open mind about his motivations. Believe him. He’s a terrorist.

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Iranian Quds force leader Qassem Suleimani called on proxies to prepare for war

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Iranian Quds force leader Qassem Suleimani called on proxies to prepare for war

The United States started ramping up our military presence in the Persian Gulf and across the Middle East around the end of last month. Now, we may know one of the factors that led to this decision: A call by a top Iranian official for the various militia groups under their control to “prepare for proxy war” against the United States and our allies.

According to The Guardian:

Leaders of all the militia groups that fall under the umbrella of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) were in attendance at the meeting called by Suleimani, the intelligence sources claimed. One senior figure who learned about the meeting had since met with western officials to express concerns.

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All of this information is almost certainly leaked as part of an effort to convince our European allies to believe the treat assessment Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out before them earlier this week. It was received with skepticism initially, though the British have adopted our cautious tone today after initially balking.

As we’ve been noting from the beginning, the intelligence very likely came from Iranian defector Ali Nasiri, who left his high-level post in Iranian intelligence last month to defect to the United States with a cache of military plans. This theory jibe with every action we’ve seen so far, including the leaked intelligence that should make EU nations rethink their position of skepticism.

As long as the United Nations in general and the EU in particular continues to turn a blind eye to Iran’s proxy aggressions, they will work to undermine peace in the Middle East and around the world. There’s skin in the game for European nations; they don’t want to be proven wrong about their trust in Iran’s desire for peace and they definitely don’t want the Trump administration to be right, but they must set aside their bias and see the truth. World War III is just around the corner if they don’t stand up for the truth instead of their political agenda.

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“We share the same assessment of the heightened threat posed by Iran. As always we work closely with the USA.” – British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Final Thoughts

Iran loves to be aggressive but hates getting their hands dirty. That’s why the employ militias. It’s why the sponsor terrorism. They avoid accountability by keeping their distance from direct conflict. This time, their involvement is clear.

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Senior Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub treated in Israeli hospital despite calling for terrorism

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Senior Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub treated in Israeli hospital despite calling for terrorism

Senior Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub is a pragmatic terrorist leader. He has called for violence against Israel, but wants it focused on settlers and military. Attacking Tel Aviv, he has said, would not help them continue to gain international support.

It’s for this reason and one other that Rajoub’s current medical treatments are so ironic. To receive them properly, he’s gone to Tel Aviv.

The other irony is that Palestinians are not allowed to receive medical treatment in Israel, a rule enforced on their people by Palestinian leadership. The reason: Israel objected to the Palestinians paying large salaries to the families of terrorists who attack Israel. Palestinian leadership wants Israel to not only accept their terrorist attacks, but to also help pay for them.

Clearly, he and others in Palestinian leadership have no problem calling for the destruction of Israel and getting as much international support as possible while simultaneously looking to Israel when they need help.

Israel and the United States have spent decades being the countries that everyone hates while simultaneously being called upon by those who hate us to come to the rescue when they need us. Convenient hatred, I suppose.

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Marco Rubio: Iran proxies ‘plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties’

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Marco Rubio Iran proxies plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties

Following a major ramp up of America’s military presence in the Persian Gulf based on intelligence, likely from defector Ali Nasiri, that Iran was planning attacks against the United States and our allies, non-essential personnel  were ordered to leave Iraq Embassy and.consulate.

Now, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has taken to Twitter to repeat the administration’s claims that we are not provoking war with Iran.

More importantly, he gave the first real details of a possible plan to attack American interests using proxies in Iraq and Yemen.

His full Twitter thread:

These actions are not the prelude to a U.S. attack against #Iran.

There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in #Iraq & #Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties.

#Iran’s #IRGC has spent years building the capability to attack us using proxy forces. They believe they can inflict casualties on the U.S. without international condemnation because world will see it as the actions of independent Shia groups instead of Iran itself.

The also believe that our internal political divisions combined with the legacy of the #IraqWar will lead a substantial % of Americans to doubt #Iran’s role in such attacks or blame Trump. & they have built propaganda capability to spread narrative in social media.

The idea @POTUS is creating a pretext to start war with #Iran makes no sense. While I may not agree with him on it, @realdonaldtrump wants to wind down U.S. military presence in Middle East, not expand it..

We can debate whether designation of #IRGC provoked all this. But right now Americans serving us in #Iraq are facing a serious & imminent threat. #Iran need to know that if they are attacked a UNITED States of America will respond decisively.

This is obviously a very disturbing development. Iran has been backed into a corner after being treated so kindly by President Obama and the United Nations, who essentially bribed them to cease their nuclear program. But repeated missile tests that went against the Iran Nuclear Deal and an unwillingness to comply with U.N. inspectors prompted President Trump to pull out of the deal and slap sanctions back on Iran. Now, he’s planning to tighten the grip on the Middle Eastern nation by cutting loopholes that have allowed others to keep trading with them.

With oil being the primary export of Iran, such sanctions will devastate an economy that has been floundering for over a year.

To exacerbate the situation, U.S. military intelligence along with others have said initial indicators implicate Iran in last weekend’s sabotage attacks on four oil tankers. If it’s true, then it could represent the first stage of a much broader attack in the near future. Iran is known for using proxies to do their dirty work. In the Middle East, their proxies are embedded in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon. Their reach is wide and their capabilities are sufficient to do real damage.

And that doesn’t even take into account their cozy relationships with Russia, China, and North Korea.

Rumors of war are rumbling. This does not appear to be the standard saber rattling we’ve come to expect from Iran. They are cornered and they’re getting desperate. Pray for peace. Be ready for war.

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