BRITISH fighters with Isis have been linked to a new wave of terror plots against the West, including the Texas shootings and threatened bombings in the UK. American intelligence officials believe the Britons are orchestrating the campaign from Syria through social media, following orders for more “home-grown” atrocities.
One Isis fighter, a former computer hacker from Birmingham, is being investigated over his contact with a gunman who opened fire at an exhibition of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in Texas last Sunday. The fighter, Junaid Hussain, later boasted: “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Tom Cotton, a Republican senator who sits on the influential US Senate intelligence committee said “They are telling westerners in western Europe or North America, ‘Stay home, attack your homeland. Don’t come to Iraq and Syria … There’s no doubt the Islamic State inspired this attack and they are actively trying to inspire other attacks.”
Analysis by The Sunday Times of both men’s (the Texas jihadists) Twitter accounts — which are now suspended — shows they were both posting messages about the recent Baltimore riots days before the Texas attack.
Hussain suggested that worse was to come: “America can’t even handle a bunch of youths with bricks, what they gonna do when the mujaheddin arrive with IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades]?” Hussain, who uses the alias Abu Hussain Al-Britani, is a former hacker who was jailed in 2012 for stealing personal information from Tony Blair. He travelled to Syria in 2013 while on bail following a separate violent disorder offence.
Immediately after firing started at the event in Garland Texas Hussain posted a tweet which said “Allahu Akbar!! Two of our brothers just opened fire at the Prophet Muhammad art exhibition in Texas!”
Abu Rahin Aziz from Luton, an assocaite of Anjem Choudary has praised the texas shootings and tweeted
““We need to witness more 9/11, 7/7. France shooting, Denmark shooting #texas–attack,” and
“Am I threatening by saying the polling stations in the UK are legitimate targets, as well as the MPs?”
The jihadists still in the west seem happy to take advice and information from both ISIS and al-Qaeda.