Like the Pinkerton National Detective Agency of old, Islamic terrorists never sleep. Just this week, Al-Qaeda sent out a terrifying warning pointed directly at the United States.
Washington Times reported that, via their magazine Inspire, the jihadist group penned an article about how they plan on attacking America’s subway systems. Called “Train Derail Operations,” the article gave their followers instructions about how to attack subway cars.
It seems that Al-Qaeda has picked this particular means of transportation because of the perceived laxity of security. Like airlines, subways and elevated cars are swarmed with police officers and screening agents who can make it very difficult for terrorists to carry out their nefarious deeds — however, subway systems are notoriously difficult to protect, and are often less secure than airports.
In Europe, where subway trains are a very common method of transportation, jihadist terrorists have struck repeatedly, and in different countries.
On March 11, 2004, an Islamist terror group working under the Al-Qaeda umbrella set off multiple explosives onboard trains and at train stations during rush hour in Madrid, Spain. These attacks killed 191 people and wounded more than 2,000. This terror attack played a key role in Spain’s decision to pull out of Iraq on April 19, 2004.
In July, a bomb was detonated at a train station in the Belgian capital of Brussels. A year earlier, the same city saw a multi-front attack on the Zaventem international airport and a metro station that killed over thirty people.
A terror attack was fortunately avoided in France when three American citizens and a British citizen stopped Ayoub El-Khazzan, a Moroccan jihadist, from shooting people aboard a speeding train.
Terrorists are keen observers of security procedures and are quick to learn from history. For unsettling is their predilection to heed the messages of their senior terrorists.
When Inspire wrote an article praises the killing capabilities of cars and trucks, a slew of terror attacks struck in Europe. In France, a Tunisian immigrant used a large van to run over 85 defenseless people. In Germany, another Tunisian used a work van to kill twelve at a Christmas market. In Sweden, an Uzbek nation used a truck to kill four people (including a young child) in the city of Stockholm.
Al-Qaeda penned an article about how they plan on attacking America’s subway systems. Does this cause you to feel fearful about using the subway in your city?
Hopefully, such history will not repeat itself, but given the current terrorism threat level, it may only be a matter of time before more American lives are lost.
While ISIS has grabbed all of the headlines, Al-Qaeda in Syria has been quietly consolidating its power. Now, the rebels are almost completely controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliates. In Idlib Province, which is controlled by Islamist rebels, a Taliban-like regime has taken hold.
Al-Qaeda remains one of America’s biggest threats. This group has shown its willingness to attack American soil in the past and will not hesitate to do so again. President Trump and his administration such take this subway threat very, very seriously. Increased security at all subway hubs is a must. Also, Washington, D.C. should again think very seriously about strengthening a moratorium on Muslim immigration from certain countries. The best defense is always a good offense, and protecting American lives requires a restrictive immigration policy.