A Center for Security Policy expert has issued a warning to Americans for upcoming Fourth of July celebrations, reminding us that the holiday falls on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a period when martyrdom and jihad are especially valued and encouraged by radical Islamic extremists.
“One thing that makes July Fourth significant… is not so much that it is an Independence Day holiday for us, but rather that there are attractive targets coming out during that period: You’ve got people getting together, you’ve got parades, you’ve got soft targets in [music] concerts,” explained Kyle Shideler, director of the Threat Information Office (TIO) at the Center for Security Policy, during a conference call seminar that was hosted by The Endowment for Middle East Truth.
According to Breitbart, Shideler went on to say that the fact that there are “more potential targets” during the holiday makes it “attractive” to potential terrorists. He noted that it“is very common” for terrorist organizations like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to intensify their calls for Muslims to engage in jihad and become martyrs during Ramadan, and this year is no different.
ISIS issued a similar Ramadan message to the one they sent out in 2015 when they encouraged Muslims to carry out violent attacks against civilian and military targets in the United States “to win the great award of martyrdom” during the holy month.
“According to Islamic practice, sacrifice during Ramadan can be considered more valuable than that made at other times, so a call to martyrdom during the month may hold a special allure to some,” warned the U.S. State Department-led Overseas Security Advisory Council after ISIS’s latest message went out.
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