Daesh Claims the Dead…

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Wed 21 December / Dec 2016. 01:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Thu 22 December / Dec 2016. 12:26 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

This is the first time ISIS claim a terrorist attack in Jordan, planned and executed by Jordanian proponents of Daesh, an acronym of the terror group ISIS. While they have adopted the Rukban terror attack, but as we all remember, the operation was carried out on the borderline with Syria, and was executed by a foreigner, who penetrated a military site crossing the border from Syria.

This is just the beginning; within days we will uncover more details, one the security campaigns are concluded and the members of the terror group are apprehended.

The Grefela operation north of the southern Jordanian city of Karak exposed several support cells for the one responsible for the Karak Castle attacks, as well as others also prepping to execute operations.

Typically, the question must be raised: in short; was it an inter-state coordinated attack with ISIS command in Syria and Iraq? Or was it an initiative of Daesh proponents in Jordan?

The Organisation’s adoption of the operation is not enough to tell with certainty whether or not the attack was indeed carried out in coordination with ISIS command across our borders, and that is despite of the fact that the claim was actually made via the ISIS official media channel; Amaq Agency.

Had the claim by ISIS entailed video records of the 4 terrorists, as it is usual of their operations in many other places, the situation would be fundamentally different. It is, however, noticeable that the terrorists’ statement lists the names of the assailants, as they came in the official statements of Jordan, without the usual agnomens that go with the names of ISIS operatives in suicide attacks.

Another possibility is that the organisation does have prior recordings of the terrorists but they did not publish them simply because they had failed to execute the major terror attack.

The only sure thing the ISIS claim proves is that the arrested and dead terrorists owe their full allegiance to Daesh, and were driven by its ruthless thought. Whereas they were already known to the authorities, their transition from silent allegiance to execution was a personal and domestically coordinated initiative, planned and prepped over the months it took to collect the weapons and acquire the material used in cooking the explosives in store, next to endless target stakeouts, planning, and personnel training.

Necessarily, these hypotheses must be tested, for the stand a paramount to our discourse over the next decisive phase, packed with security challenges.

Is the Karak Castle an isolated incident carried out by terrorists with family relations who live in the same area, almost, or is it just the beginning of a series of operations executed by sleeper cells scattered across the Country?

In summary; have ISIS finally decided to inaugurate branches in Jordan? And was the Karak Castle operation an offering of credentials by proponents proving their reliability in order to receive the blessings of the leaders of the terrorist order in Raqqa to establish their “Emirate”?

Let’s leave it up for security experts to conclude their interrogations and data collection in order to provide us with accurate reliable answers.

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