Dreaded terrorist group ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester massacre

Manchester bomb explosion

Dreaded terrorist group, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which occurred last night, killing 22 people, most of them children and their parents.

The terrorist group released a statement today in several languages through its central media body where they praised the attack and claimed more than 100 “crusaders” were killed or wounded at the “shameless” concert.

The statement went on to hail the suicide bomber as a “soldier of the caliphate” and threatened that what would come next would be more severe on the “worshippers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah’s permission.”

“With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate] managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the crusaders in the British city of Manchester,” the English version of the statement read.

Isis said the attack aimed to terrorize “infidels…in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims”. The attacker was not named as a “martyr” as happens with other suicide bombers. This suggests that the attack may not have been a suicide attack, though police statements reveal that the perpetrator died at the scene.

The full statement from Isis read: “With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester, in revenge for Allah’s religion, in an endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin, and in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims.

“The explosive devices were detonated in the shameless concert arena, resulting in 30 (sic) Crusaders being killed and 70 others wounded.

“And what comes next will be more severe on the worshippers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah’s permission.

“And all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the creation.”

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NEWS UPDATE: ISIS supporters celebrate Manchester Arena bomb attack that killed 22 and injured many

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ISIS supporters have been celebrating the bomb attack that occurred in Manchester Arena during Ariana Grande’s concert which killed 22 people and left several injured. They are yet to officially claim responsibility for the attack though.

There were reportedly two blasts at the concert, killing and injuring concert goers who were leaving the venue.

Moments following the attack, while the UK and the rest of the world mourned the senseless deaths, Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere.

“It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to Manchester,” one user named Abdul Haqq said on Twitter.Abdul’s tweet about Mosul and Raqqa is a reference to the Iraqi and Syrian cities held by the militants where a American-led coalition is conducting air strikes. 

Other ISIS supporters posted messages encouraging each other to carry out “lone wolf” attacks in the West and shared Islamic State videos threatening the United States and Europe

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“Kill them” and “#MondayMotivation” are some of the tweets posted by ISIS supporters encouraging more attacks and referring to last night’s attack as a motivation.

Scooter Braun, Ariana Grande’s longtime manager, posted a statement about the attack. He wrote:

“Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.”

As the tragic scene played out in real-time, Grande tweeted:

“broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

Unites States President Trump ‘shared classified information with Russia’

Mr Trump (centre) jokes with Mr Lavrov (left) and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about so-called Islamic State (IS) to Russia’s foreign minister, sources have told US media.

The information came from a partner of the US which had not given permission for it to be shared with Russia, says the Washington Post.

Mr Trump received Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week.

Officials denied the media report but a senior member of Mr Trump’s Republican party called for an explanation.

The Trump campaign’s alleged links to Moscow have dogged his presidency and are part of several investigations.

But the president has dismissed such allegations as “fake news”.

During the election campaign, Mr Trump repeatedly criticised his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for how she handled sensitive material.

The fallout from this story could be enormous and not just because there is a boundless trove of Republican quotes over the past year – directed at Mrs Clinton – about the utmost importance of protecting top-secret information.

There is the Russian connection, of course.
The FBI is currently investigating the Trump campaign for possible ties to Russian interests. Meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak featured prominently in the firing of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal on Russian investigation matters.
Then there is the question of whether US allies will be more reluctant to share sensitive intelligence information with the US, lest the president put sources at risk.
This will only stoke accusations by Trump critics that the president is undisciplined and inexperienced in the delicacies of foreign policy, where his shoot-from-the hip style presents an ongoing danger.
Finally, it is worth remembering the simmering feud Mr Trump has had with the US intelligence community. It took less than a week for this highly embarrassing story to leak. If the revelation was a knife twisted in the president’s back, it is not hard to suspect where it came from.
n a conversation with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, in the Oval Office, the president revealed details that could lead to the exposure of a source of information, officials told the Washington Post and the New York Times.
The discussion was about an IS plot and he reportedly went “off-script”. The intelligence disclosed came from a US ally, information considered too sensitive to share with other US allies, the papers report.
Others present realised the mistake and scrambled to “contain the damage” by informing the CIA and the National Security Agency, says the Post.
The meeting came a day after Mr Trump fired his FBI chief, James Comey, sparking criticism that he had done so because the FBI was investigating alleged Russian ties.
A Russian photographer was present for part of the meeting but US media were not allowed to attend.
The Senate’s second-highest ranked Democrat, Dick Durbin, said Mr Trump’s actions appeared to be “dangerous” and reckless”.
A spokesman for Paul Ryan, Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, said: “We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation’s secrets is paramount.
“The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration.”
The Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said the story was “very, very troubling” if true.
“Obviously they’re in a downward spiral right now and they’ve got to figure out a way to come to grips” with it, he told Bloomberg.
National Security Advisor HR McMaster told reporters that the story was “false”.
“The president and foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation,” he said.
“At no time… were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”
In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed the point that “the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations”.
The Washington Post, which first broke the story, said this did not amount to a denial of their story.

United States to arm Kurds fighting IS in Syria

US to arm Kurds fighting IS in Syria

US President Donald Trump has approved supplying weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be equipped to help drive IS from its stronghold, Raqqa, a spokeswoman said.

The US was “keenly aware” of Turkey’s concerns about such a move, she added.

Turkey views the Kurdish rebels as terrorists and wants to stop them taking more territory in Syria.

The Pentagon later said US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had spoken by phone to his Turkish counterpart, Fikri Isik, but gave no details of the conversation. Turkish officials have not yet responded publicly.

SDF forces, which comprise Kurdish and Arab militias, are already being supported by elite US forces and air strikes from a US-led coalition.

The US has previously supplied light weapons and armoured vehicles to the Arab element of the SDF, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

The SDF is currently battling IS for control of the city of Tabqa, an IS command centre just 50km (30 miles) from Raqqa.

The Kurdish fighters are from the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey sees as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group it has been fighting for decades.

Last month, Turkey carried out air strikes on YPG positions in Syria which it described as “terrorist havens”.

Head of ISIS jihadi in Afghanistan killed in elite special forces operation

Head of ISIS jihadi in Afghanistan killed in elite special forces operation

ISIS CHIEF DEAD – The head of ISIS in Afghanistan has been killed in a raid by a unit of elite commandos, the country’s president has announced.

Abdul Hasib died in the operation led by Afghan special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, President Ashraf Ghani revealed today.

Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike, is believed to have ordered a series of high profile attacks.

An atrocity at a hospital in Kabul carried out by a group of militants disguised as doctors is among those the terror boss is thought to have been behind.

Last month, a Pentagon spokesman said Hasib had probably been killed during a raid by US and Afghan special forces in the same region, but there was no confirmation.

Two US servicemen were killed in the operation.

ISIS’s local affiliate, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been active since 2015 – fighting the Taliban as well as Afghan and US forces.

It is believed to maintain links with the main ISIS group in Iraq and Syria but operates independently.

US and Afghan special forces, backed by drone strikes and other air support, have waged a series of operations against IS-K this year, killing dozens of their fighters – mainly in the Nangarhar region, on the Pakistani border.

Defeating the group remains one of the top American priorities in Afghanistan.

Last month the US dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb – dubbed the “mother of all bombs” – on a network of caves and tunnels used by ISIS in Nangarhar.

The air raid killed a total of 94 fighters, including four top commanders.

TERROR ALERT: US issues travel warning for UK and Europe amid fears ISIS is planning gun, bomb and vehicle attacks during summer tourist season

US issues travel warning for UK and Europe amid fears ISIS is planning gun, bomb and vehicle attacks during summer tourist season

AMERICA has issued a warning to its citizens travelling to ANY part of Europe – including the UK – because of the threat of ISIS-inspired attacks.

A State Department update on Monday night said ISIS and al-Qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

Its previous travel alert for Europe, issued ahead of the winter holiday season, expired in February.

The new alert tells travellers to be prepared with “an emergency plan of action” at the ready.

It stated: “Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets.

“In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks.

US issues travel warning for UK and Europe amid fears ISIS is planning gun, bomb and vehicle attacks during summer tourist season

“U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the upcoming summer travel season when large crowds may be common.

“Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.”

But officials tried to play down fears over the latest update by saying it was not prompted by a specific threat.

“We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism”, it said.

“Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defences against potential threats”.

The travel warning expires after the summer holiday season on 1 September.