Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: Singapore deports 26 Muslims who supported the Islamic State, studied assassination techniques, recruited in mosque

About Robert Spencer

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Coming in November 2017 is Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

Singapore deports 26 Muslims who supported the Islamic State, studied assassination techniques, recruited in mosque

This AFP story says they were actively recruiting members, but doesn’t say where. Why not? This Channel News Asia story says they were “meeting on a regular basis at a mosque.” Our moral superiors constantly remind us that jihad terror has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, but oddly enough, those who plot it often seem to be found in mosques. None of our moral superiors have offered an explanation for that.
“Singapore says it deported 26 Bangladeshis for terror links,” AFP, January 20, 2016:
Singapore disclosed Wednesday it arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers late last year for supporting “the armed jihad ideology” of militants like the Islamic State group, and deported 26 of them.
The workers were being groomed to return to their home country to wage holy war and had studied booklets on assassination techniques, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.
“They were plotting nefarious activities in Bangladesh and other countries, and not in Singapore. But they were still a serious threat to us,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post late Wednesday….
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said in an earlier Facebook post that the workers “could have easily changed their minds and attacked Singapore”.
Several members of the group also contemplated joining “armed jihad” with the IS group in Iraq and Syria, according to the MHA.
“They supported the armed jihad ideology of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” the ministry said in the statement.
The 27 men, aged between 25 and 40, were arrested between November 16 and December 1 last year under Singapore’s Internal Security Act.
They all worked in construction in Singapore, where large numbers of labourers mostly from South Asia live in often cramped dormitories.
“The group members took measures to avoid detection by the authorities. They shared jihadi-related material discreetly among themselves, and held weekly meetings and gatherings where they discussed armed jihad and conflicts that involved Muslims,” the ministry said, adding that the group was also actively recruiting members….