ISIS Singles Out Dallas Megachurch in Call for Arson Jihad
After recent tutorials advising lone jihadists how to commit knife and vehicle attacks, the Islamic State's latest issue of Rumiyah magazine counsels terrorists on waging arson attacks -- with a Dallas megachurch suggested as a possible target.
The October issue of ISIS' Rumiyah -- which is published in multiple languages including English, Russian, German, Croatian, Pashto, Urdu and Indonesian -- instructed lone jihadists to launch random knife attacks, with a warning to pick a suitable blade for the job.
The November issue moved on to a different type of lone attack tutorial -- or "just terror" attacks, as ISIS calls them -- encouraging jihadists to use a heavy vehicle such as a U-Haul to plow into a crowd.
And after Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a group of people on a sidewalk, got out and began stabbing on Nov. 28, wounding 11 but claiming no lives, the December issue doubled back to the knife tutorial with simpler, illustrated instructions.
The first issue of 2017 notes that "incendiary attacks have played a significant role in modern and guerrilla warfare, as well as in 'lone wolf' terrorism," claiming a November fire at a furniture factory in Losino-Petrovsky, Russia, and highlighting scores of wildfires around Israel that month as incidents that "demonstrated the lethality of such an effortless operation."
ISIS recommended arson as a simple terror tactic that arouses little suspicion in the planning stages "to destroy the property of the Crusaders and, in some cases, kill several of them, sending them from the fire of this world to the inferno of Hellfire."
"Because many flammables are a part of everyday living, arson attacks are extremely difficult to prevent. Indeed, no more than a large container of gasoline (petrol) is needed for a successful attack. Of course, the gasoline can be acquired from any local gas station, where it is filled into the container," the article continues. "This procedure should not arouse any suspicion, as it is quite common to follow, especially when obtaining gas for a lawnmower, amongst other reasons."
Instructions then follow on how to make a Molotov cocktail, emphasizing that "due to the fast rate at which gasoline burns away, it is better that one transforms the contents of his Molotov cocktail into a sticky, long-burning napalm solution, to ensure – by Allah’s permission – that the intended target properly catches fire before the gas finishes burning."
To make napalm, ISIS recommends jihadists save Styrofoam from toy packaging or pick up "foam cups used for hot coffee at donut shops."
Suggested target locations for arson attacks, the magazine states, "include houses and apartment buildings, forest areas adjacent to residential areas, factories that produce cars, furniture, clothing, flammable substances, etc., gas stations, hospitals, bars, dance clubs, night clubs, banks, car showrooms, schools, universities, as well as churches, Rafidi [Shiite] temples, and so forth. The options are vast, leaving no excuse for delay."