Supporters of the Islamic State have been enthusiastically cheering the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. on Monday night, declaring that those in the West can fully expect that such attacks will continue.
According to the news site Breitbart, the affiliated Breitbart Jerusalem was able to access correspondence from Islamic State supporters in a closed chat group transmitted by way of the instant messaging service Telegram. One of the notable features of Telegram is that users can send messages, files, etc., by way of end-to-end encrypted messaging, which means that, ostensibly, only the users who are engaged in the “conversation” can see the messages.
Here is one of the messages uncovered by the folks at Breitbart Jerusalem:
“Thanks to Allah who allowed this achievement of the Mujahedeen. We are all believers in Allah that our brothers, the supporters and the Mujahedeen, are those who committed the attack among the infidels. We swear to Allah that the infidel countries in the West won’t have the luxury of security. This is a Godly promise and this is the promise of the Mujahedeen, the future will prove to you that you are the countries of heresy. You will see this and not only hear it.” – written by someone self-identified as Abu Ayman Alamani.
“Thanks to Allah who caused the faithful to rejoice, we ask and request of Allah that this blessed act will be part of the battle of our brothers, the lone wolves roaming across all parts of the infidel nations, as they seek this type of blessed attack. This is part of the work and this is part of the revenge. Those infidel states will pay a heavy price.” - written by someone self-identified as Abu Abdullah Alsury.
The list of charming communications goes on and on, and if there remained any lingering doubt about this before, surely you’re up to speed now.
We’re at war.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large