Without further comment, I urge readers to check out the following intensely reported pieces on the spread of Islamist terrorism. Here they are, in reverse chronological order:
Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (August 3), “How a secretive branch of ISIS built a global network of killers.” Excerpt: “Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for four straight days to reach the territory controlled by the Islamic State in Syria.He barely had time to settle in before members of the Islamic State’s secret service, wearing masks over their faces, came to inform him and his German friend that they no longer wanted Europeans to come to Syria. Where they were really needed was back home, to help carry out the group’s plan of waging terrorism across the globe.”
The video of Callimachi interviewing her star witness is below.
Noemie Bisserbe, Wall Street Journal (August 1), “European prisons fueling spread of Islamic radicalism” (accessible here via Google). Excerpt: “The rise of Islamic State has caught Europe’s prison systems flat-footed. Convicted terrorists, some of whom serve prison terms as brief as two years, sit atop the social pecking order in facilities like Fleury-Mérogis. Many use jail time to forge ties with petty criminals from the predominantly Muslim suburbs that ring European cities, authorities say, grooming them for jihad missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria—or attacks at home.”
Leo Hohmann, World Net Daily (July 6), “[Minneapolis] woman gives chilling first hand account of Muslim rape threat.” This is a story with a distinctly European feel to it. The virtual media blackout enhances the feel; somehow the Star Tribune has failed to pick up on this story. First reported by KSTP News, this story was originally brought to Hohmann’s attention via Power Line; he quotes my post on it in his initial WND story. Through Hohmann, I asked the woman for an interview. She has not responded.