Expert: More than 100 ISIS jihadists sought to attack US in last 25 months

Dr. Gorka interview

Dr. Gorka was interviewed by Stuart Varney on Fox Business after the slashings at a St. Cloud mall. (Twitter snip, @Varneyco.)

In an interview with Fox Business channel’s Stuart Varney, an expert cited a figure for the number of ISIS jihadists who have sought to attack the US over a two year period. Had the expert been anyone other than Dr. Sebastian Gorka, the figure might have been suspect. 

Gorka was talking about the slashings in St. Cloud (MN) at Crossroads Mall where 10 people were injured on Saturday. Gorka told Varney:

“[T]his would make the 111th ISIS jihadist killed or arrested in America in the last 25 months.”

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Gorka’s work, read his bio and other content on his website. His credentials are on a level few can match, as this brief excerpt indicates:

“Dr. Gorka is an Adjunct Professor with USSOCOM’s Joint Special Operations University where he serves as Lead Instructor for the Special Operations Combating Terrorism (SOCbT) course, as well as the interagency and senior/executive counterterrorism courses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in National Security at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and is a regular instructor with the US Army’s Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg and for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.”

Dr. Gorka 'Defeating Jihad'

‘Defeating Jihad’

Gorka’s latest book, Defeating Jihad, is a best seller, even on book sale lists maintained by left of center publications.

On his website, Gorka provides a perspective on ISIS/ISIL missed by almost all legacy media and many politicians:

“ISIS has encouraged, since it declared the Caliphate, the use of classic guerilla warfare. It’s not like al-Qaeda. It’s not about giant spectacle. It’s not 9/11-style attacks. It’s cheap, low-investment, high-yield return.

We have seen, literally, scores of knife attacks in Israel since September. They’ve taken a leaf out of the Palestinian playbook. We’ve seen the attack, the murder of the French priest. We’ve seen the lorry attack, the truck attack in Nice, France.

These are all very, very simple to do, and the ISIS mantra, from their magazine Dabiq, has been clear: look for high concentrations of unarmed civilians. What did we see? We see a food court in St. Cloud. We see in New Jersey a Marine Corps five-mile run. If those pipe bombs had detonated when the runners were going past – by the grace of God, the runners had been delayed at the registration desk – it would have made the weekend’s events much worse.”

According to Fox 9 News (Minneapolis-St. Paul), the FBI is now taking lead in investigating the knife slashings by a native of Somalia in St. Cloud. The attacker was taken down by a firearms expert who happened to be shopping when the slashings began.

The slashings fit Dr. Gorka’s model of guerilla warfare for ISIS. Most Americans, despite the Obama administration’s tactic of downplaying such attacks, understand no formal link to ISIS is required for would-be terrorists. Via publications and social media, groups  like ISIS seek to inspire, and other groups have also targeted lone wolf attack aspirants.

The New Jersey bombing also illustrates guerilla style warfare. The suspect was shot in a confrontation with authorities, and a notebook on his person contained Islamist text as reported by Breitbart News:

“’Inshallah the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your Oppression,’ he writes. A part of the notebook pierced by the bullet hole appears to reference the attempted bombing of a charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, the legible parts reading: ‘pipe bombs, pressure cooker bombs on…in the streets they plan to run a mile.’”

Such explosive devices are intended to kill, but they also often maim large numbers of victims, as the Boston Marathon bombs did.

In New York, a bomb in Chelsea impacted a community famous for its gay population. That attack comprised the second attack on the gay population in the US after Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub frequented by gay patrons in Orlando. Most media haven’t focused on the attacks on gays as they might have under a different executive branch leader.

Stuart Varney’s program airs on Fox Business channel weekdays at 9 a.m.

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/Sept. 21, 2016)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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