As Ramadan approaches Saturday, nations around the world go into “high alert” mode as it seems that ISIS attacks become much more prevalent during this time. As in years past, the Islamic State has encouraged its followers to conduct an “all-out war” on the “infidels” in the west. A time normally reserved for prayer and fasting has been overshadowed by bloodshed.
Ramadan has statistically seen a larger increase in attacks by the Islamic State, according to the Telegraph. Last year on June 12, an Orlando gay nightclub was attacked by a lone jihadist gunman, Omar Mateen, who killed 49 and injured 53.
Ramadan last year was reportedly one of the bloodiest on record. Europe was hit even harder than the U.S. during the bloodshed-filled month. An Islamic man live broadcasted the stabbing of a police officer and his wife in a Paris suburb in front of the officer’s son. The killer claimed he was acting in response to Adnani’s call.
In a video titled “Where are the lions of war?” posted on YouTube, a jihadist group calls for more attacks wherever possible. “Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads, and their forums.”
The final death count for Ramadan last year was 421 dead and 729 wounded. As is the custom of radical terrorists, they hit various locations across the globe to instill fear.
In the same YouTube video, ISIS defended their actions in the Manchester attack. “Do not despise the work. Your targeting of the so-called innocents and civilians is beloved by us and the most effective, so go forth and may you get a great reward or martyrdom in Ramadan.”
With Trump diligently working on another travel ban and the increased threat level in Europe following the attack on Manchester, the hope is that theses radical groups will find it impossible to bypass security measures, and this Ramadan will be peaceful and uneventful.