Islamic State: California fires ‘Allah’s punishment for you. And insha Allah, you will see more fires.’

This has been a threat for years.

“‘Unleash Hell’: New Al Qaeda magazine describes in detail how to start huge forest fires across the U.S..with instructions on how to make ’ember bombs.’” — Daily Mail, May 3, 2012

“ISIS-linked media: California fires are retribution for Syria,” Preston Business Review, November 15, 2018:

ISIS, the terrorist organization that once controlled vast swaths of Iraq and Syria with its reign of death and destruction, hasn’t directly claimed responsibility for the horrific wildfires in California that have claimed more than 50 lives over the past few days.

But one media outlet known to be in support of ISIS has suggested the jihadist group is responsible.

on Wednesday that Al-Ansar Media is claiming the wildfires are retribution for America’s participation in the civil war in Syria.

Al-Ansar Media is circulating an image that uses a photo of a burning building and misspells the state “kalifornia.”

“O america, This is the punishment of bombing Muslims in Syria,” states the text. “This is Allah’s punishment for you. And in shaa Allah, you will see more fires. Praise be to Allah.”

Islamic jihadists long have threatened to use wildfires as a means of terrorism. WND first reported on such threats more than 10 years ago, and in that William Scott, a former National Security Agency official, said terrorists had been using fire as a tactical weapon.

That year there were some 35,000 fires that burned 3.9 million acres across the U.S. Large blazes were in Idaho, Montana, California, Alaska and other states.

“Perhaps the most simple form of economic warfare is wild land arson,” Scott said in his “Fire Wars” presentation at the time. “That’s just setting fires in U.S. forests [and] grasslands.”

He said that for any terrorists determined “to inflict significant damage with very little investment or risk, fire is an extremely high-leverage weapon of mass effect.”

Scott explained at the time that after U.S. Navy SEALs killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, they “captured a treasure trove of material that provided some unprecedented insight into the al-Qaida plans. And one of those was a detailed campaign for starting fires throughout the [American] West.”

he wrote of the suspicious nature of blazes in the Jewish state.

“Just a day or two after most of us left, a rash of fires terrorized the country,” he wrote. “They weren’t just wildfires that spontaneously ravaged the tinder-dry countryside. Many of them were deliberately set – which is why I call them terror fires.”…

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. The edited featured photo is by Hanan Edwards on Unsplash.

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