Westerners would be foolish to think that because jihadis speak so often of “revenge,” that they would stop waging jihad if we would just stop fighting back. But many fall right into this trap.
“Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Russian traffic police,” Reuters, August 19, 2016 (thanks to David):
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a traffic police post outside Moscow on Wednesday in which both attackers were killed, calling it revenge for Russia’s aerial bombing campaign in Syria.
The militant group made the claim via the Amaq news agency, which it regularly uses to issue statements, and released a video in which the purported attackers said they wanted to take revenge for Russia killing Muslims in the Middle East….
“We have taken the path of jihad on the orders of our Amir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” one of the purported attackers said on the video released by Amaq, speaking in a mix of Arabic and Russian.
The video named the attackers as Uthman Mardalov and Salim Israilov.
“We have called this operation ‘revenge operation’. Revenge for you bombing our brothers, because you kill our brothers every day in Syria and Iraq. … This will be the start of everything that will come to you.”
Russian investigators said on Wednesday that two unidentified people armed with a firearm and two axes had attacked a traffic police post outside Moscow….