Dan Gilmore / May 5, 2015

ISIL Claims Responsibility for Texas Attack

During a radio broadcast in Syria, ISIL, a.k.a. the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack at the art contest and show featuring images of Muhammad in Garland, Texas. Jihadist roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi drove 1,000 miles from Arizona to launch an attack with rifles, body armor and copious amounts of ammunition. Simpson had been monitored by the government since 2006. In 2010, the FBI charged Simpson with trying to travel to Somalia to engage in jihad, but the charges were dropped. After wounding an unarmed security guard, the two jihadists were stopped by a traffic cop who used a few well-aimed shots from his pistol to drop the terrorists. Regardless if Simpson and Soofi actually had a connection to ISIL, the group used the opportunity to threaten the U.S. “We tell … America that what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing,” ISIL said in its radio broadcast. But after all that effort and planning, this attack was stopped by a lone cop with what may possibly be his standard-issue sidearm. At their peril, jihadists forget that, unlike France, the U.S. is armed. More…

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