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WorldSri Lanka attacks show Islamic State influence outlives caliphate

17:52  23 april  2019
17:52  23 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

Divisive right wing senator Fraser Anning responds to Sri Lanka terror attacks which left 290 dead including two Australians by saying 'Islamic populations create violence'

Divisive right wing senator Fraser Anning responds to Sri Lanka terror attacks which left 290 dead including two Australians by saying 'Islamic populations create violence' Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has sparked controversy once again after blaming the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on 'Islamic populations creating violence'. In a series of Tweets on Monday night, the senator responded to the deaths of nearly 300 people, including Australian mother Manik Suriaaratchi and her daughter, Alexandria, 10, in coordinated explosions on Easter Sunday. Suicide bombers targeted three churches, three luxury hotels, and a guesthouse, with authorities finding and disposing of another explosive at the airport later the same day.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday vowed that the US will continue fighting 'radical Islamic terror' and the 'evil human beings' perpetrating it as he Pompeo has said America will continue fighting "radical Islamic terror", which he said remained a threat following the attacks in Sri Lanka .

Islamic State supporters are spreading this infographic glorifying the Sri Lanka attacks on social media, according to the SITE intel group. Ms Katz says the Colombo attacks mirror the Islamic State bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo island in the southern Philippines on January 27.

The devastating bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, claimed by Islamic State jihadists, show that the influence of the group's extremist ideology remains dangerously intact even after the collapse of its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria, experts say.

Sri Lanka attacks show Islamic State influence outlives caliphate© JOEL SAGET A makeshift memorial in front of the Bataclan concert hall which was among the targets of the deadly attacks in 2015

Over 320 people were killed in a string of deadly suicide bomb blasts on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka targeting churches and luxury hotels.

Colombo said it believes that the little-known Islamic extremist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) was behind the attacks.

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WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Monday that the United States will keep fighting “radical Islamic terror” after devastating attacks in Sri Lanka that targeted churches on Easter and hotels. Asked if the threat showed the continued risks from the Islamic State group, Pompeo

AFP: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Monday that the United States will keep fighting “radical Islamic terror” after devastating attacks in Sri Lanka that targeted “Radical Islamic terror remains a threat. We are continuing to do real work against these evil human beings,” Pompeo told reporters.

But it has also suggested that a bigger international group helped plan the carnage as "retaliation" for shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last month that killed 50 people.

Sri Lanka attacks show Islamic State influence outlives caliphate© ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that radical Islamists remain a threat

On Tuesday, a statement released by the Islamist State (IS) propaganda agency Amaq said the attackers were "fighters" from the terror network.

Zachary Abuza, professor at the National War College in Washington, said the Sri Lanka attacks were a warning of a new jihadist strategy following their military defeat in Iraq and Syria.

Sri Lanka attacks show Islamic State influence outlives caliphate© Juni Kriswanto The sheer scale of the Sri Lanka attacks suggest that they may have been planned overseas

"I would say that what we saw in Sri Lanka is a new front being opened in the global jihadi insurgency," he told AFP.

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL /ˈaɪsəl, ˈaɪsɪl/), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS /ˈaɪsɪs/), officially as the Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh

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He said IS was still able to inspire attacks and give militants anywhere in the world a sense of "urgency".

"Anyone can act in the Islamic State's name, and they will take credit for it," Abuza said.

- 'Compensate for losses' -

Rohan Gunaratna, a security expert with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, told AFP he believed NTJ was indeed now linked to IS.

"IS has created support groups around the world," he said, adding that some NTJ members were radicalised by the local group then joined IS.

At the peak of its military success, IS claimed a string of attacks around the world, from the November 2015 coordinated attacks in Paris to the deadly rampage of a gunman at an Istanbul nightclub minutes into 2017.

In late March, Kurdish-dominated and US-backed forces flushed out IS fighters from their last bastion in Syria in what was hailed as a final military defeat for the group after it list its strongholds one-by-one in Syria and Iraq.

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Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News The Islamic State , a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has

But governments and analysts have always warned that the risk of attacks anywhere in the world remains just as high, be it from extremists who fought for IS in Syria and Iraq or those simply inspired by them.

Sri Lanka attacks show Islamic State influence outlives caliphate© Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters A woman reacts next to two coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 23, 2019. After the Sri Lanka bombings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that "radical Islamic terror remains a threat", saying the United States needs to stay "active and vigilant".

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, a known supporter of IS published on a social media channel pictures of three purported "commandos" involved in the Sri Lanka attacks standing with raised fingers against an IS flag.

Jean-Pierre Filiu, professor at Sciences Po-Paris, said IS is now adopting what he dubbed a "glocal" strategy by staging local attacks anywhere in a bid to make a global impact.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed “a horrific wave of Islamic radical terror” for the deadly bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that killed hundreds, including some U.S. citizens.

The carnage in Sri Lanka , one of the worst terrorist atrocities this century There have long been warnings that Islamic State militants, many trained in explosives and guns after time spent fighting in Syria and Iraq, could attempt such a move following the collapse of their so-called caliphate last month.

The jihadist group is "trying to compensate symbolically and in the media for the loss of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq and instead relaunch a terrorist campaign on a planetary scale".

- 'Serious proposition' -

Bruce Hoffmann, senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations, said such attacks require considerable expertise and logistical support at every stage -- from recruitment to transport to the target sites.

"A half-dozen simultaneous attacks is a serious proposition. It would be very unusual for a group that basically had no track record," he said.

Little is known about the NTJ, which previously has only been linked to vandalising Buddhist statues.

Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.

But it had not been seen by analysts as a potential crucible for Islamist extremist terror. Yet IS has made inroads in Asia, notably in Afghanistan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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Although several of the names had been reported by various media outlets, three of the bombers were previously unknown.

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