Media is saturated with stories of ISIS, the Taliban, and EgyptAir’s terrorism-linked crash, but whether this means terrorism is on the rise is difficult to discern. The death of Taliban leader Mansoor could mean progress, and U.S. and Afghan drone strikes have seen terrorists and financiers of ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other Islamic State extremists and jihadists killed in the course of the war on terror. Air crash investigators are still asking if the cause of the tragic EgyptAir crash was terrorism as new data comes to light suggesting an internal explosion on flight MS804— a possible suicide bombing characteristic of jihadist terrorism and Taliban or ISIS attacks.
With Islamic State threats of attacks in India during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan made earlier today in an audio message, the world wants to know: does recent news of ISIS, the Taliban and EgyptAir mean terrorism is on the rise? Or does the death of Taliban leader Mansoor mean progress for the west in the war on terror?
ISIS And Taliban Deaths: Taliban Leader Mullah Mansoor Killed
CBC News reported this morning that Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor has been killed, having been targeted by Afghan and U.S. forces for Islamic extremist tendencies and his role in orchestrating and intensifying terrorist activities in Afghanistan. Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah confirmed Mansoor’s death live on television.
“Abdullah said Mansour’s death would have a positive impact on attempts to bring peace to Afghanistan, where the Taliban have been waging an insurgency for 15 years,” said CBC News.
“Mansour was ‘the main figure preventing the Taliban joining the peace process,’ Abdullah said. ‘From the day he took over the Taliban following the death of Mullah Omar, he intensified violence against ordinary citizens, especially in Afghanistan’.”
ISIS And Taliban Deaths: ISIS Leader Abu Sayyaf Killed
ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf was killed by U.S. special forces in Syria last week, having been targeted as a key figure in organizing and financing ISIS terrorism operations in the Islamic State stronghold. Those same forces also killed ISIS terrorist Abu Wahib earlier this year for involvement in killing civilians on grounds of Islamic extremist beliefs and executing three Syrians and broadcasting it over the internet.
EgyptAir: Terrorism Cause Of MS804 Crash In Egypt?
French investigators are asking if the cause of the EgyptAir crash was terrorism, according to the Telegraph.
Data has come to light suggesting an internal explosion — a sign of a possible suicide bombing characteristic of jihadist terrorism and Taliban or ISIS attacks — caused flight MS804 to crash shortly after entering Egyptian air space.
“Data from the final moments before EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean suggest an ‘internal explosion’ tore through the right side of the aircraft, a pilot said last night… Investigators trying to determine whether the A320 was brought down by terrorism or a technical fault are poring over a series of warnings indicating smoke filled the cabin shortly before it disappeared from radar.”
Adding to suspicions that for EgyptAir, terrorism is to blame for the crash that potentially killed all 66 people on board, is a bizarre plane crash photo posted on a flight 804 stewardess’s Facebook and the uncovering of an ISIS mantra among the aircraft wreckage.
“In a dark premonition of things to come, it has emerged that the crashed aircraft had once been daubed with graffiti by vandals who wrote: ‘We will bring this plane down’,” said The Telegraph.
With the media saturated with stories of ISIS, Taliban and EgyptAir’s terrorism-linked crash, whether terrorism is on the rise or if the west is winning the war on terror is difficult to discern. The death of Taliban leader Mansoor could mean progress, and U.S. and Afghan drone strikes have seen terrorists and financiers of ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other Islamic State extremists and jihadists killed. The world can only hope that this means ISIS threats made of attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will not become reality.
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