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July 11, 2013 4:47 pm

Arizona Officials ‘Unequivocally’ Reject Palestinian Jihadist Group’s Claim of Responsibility for Wildfires

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A Palestinian Jihadist movement is claiming responsibility for the recently contained Arizona wildfires that left 19 firefighters dead. Local fire officials however, insist the conflagration was caused by lightning, not terrorists.

A statement from Masada al-Mujahideen titled “Masada al-Mujahideen Fulfilled its Promise and Attacked America Again After the Expiration of the Period with Fires that Achieved Historic Results,” was obtained from an online Jihadist forum and translated by the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group. The group  tracks the online activities of terrorist organizations.

“We had previously announced an unconventional war against the occupation state of Israel, and then we escalated this war to reach its main supporter, America, so that it receives a major share of it, which will destroy their flora and fauna, with permission from Allah and then with our hands,” the group said.

The statement added that the group targeted the United States “in order to make it clear and to make it known that we can reach it when we warn it, and to make it certain that our hands don’t just reach it but also strike it.”

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The group warned that the attacks “will not be the last, if America does not respond to our demands.” The statement also boasted of the 19 firefighters being killed.

Officials in Arizona told The Algemeiner they were unaware of such claims, and that they were “unequivocal” in their determination as to the cause of the fire.

“The fire was caused by lightning, we have satellite data to back that up,” Dan Ware, a spokesperson for the Yarnell Hill Fire Joint Information Center, where the firefighters were killed, said, adding that such fires were typical in Arizona.

Carrie Dennett of the Arizona State Forestry Division told The Algemeiner that she was also unaware of such claims.

“There was never any speculation even in that arena–of terrorism,” she said. “It’s always been from day 1 that the cause was lightning.”

Dennett added that terrorism concerns were left to the department of Homeland Security, but that she was unaware of any instances in which terrorism had been suspected in forest fire cases in the state.

“To my knowledge there has never been any discussion of or making precautions against terrorism. We detect fires and we put them out.”

Last year Russian intelligence services blamed al-Qaeda for several forest fires in the European Union, warning that it was a new tactic of the terror group.

“One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts’,” Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies.

“This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses.”

This was also not the first time Masada al-Mujahideen has tried to claim credit for a pyro-terror attack on U.S. soil. In January 2012, the group claimed credit for wildfires in Nevada.

According to SITE, in addition to claiming responsibility for fires in the US, the jihadist group has claimed credit for more than a dozen fires in Israel since 2010.

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  • FORTUNE

    ARABS HAVE CAUSED MAJOR FIRE DAMAGE IN ISRAEL IN THE PAST, SO WHY NOT IN THE U.S.?

  • Rick

    The Lord made a solemn promise to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac (not Ishmael) and Jacob. “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.” Prophetic events indicate that God will soon intervene in the affairs of the nations that plot against Israel. All of Israel’s enemies will be completely, totally, and utterly distroyed.

  • It would be a huge mistake to discount the claims of Islamists regarding their terrorist activities.

    The Israelis have no doubt that several of the fires were deliberately started by Arabs.

    The Russians who know more about Islam than Americans are very aware of how easy, cheap and simple it is to deliberately ignite forest fires by individuals whether terrorists or not.

    Islam sanctifies Jihadis to use any means of warfare and terror against Unbelievers (currently 80% of humanity).

    Just look at what Muslims are doing to other Muslims every day as we speak!

    Never discount their claims no matter how outrageous they may sound to a Western mind!

    IQ al Rassooli

    • Rick

      I agree.

  • R

    Let none of us forget for a moment that these lunatics are dangerous people who are only noticed AFTER they have perpetrated some form of crime against the rest of the world. Remember, they hate Christians just as much as they hate Jews!

    They have succeeded in making the name “Muslim” a word to be feared and despised.

    What surprises me most of all is that one never sees anything in the form of remorse from those Muslims who are peace-loving, ordinary followers of a religious movement. Where are they?…or do they tacitly agree with their more violent co-religionists?

  • Mel

    Empty heads have nothing to spread, so spreading the fires of hatred have consumed Islam’s dregs a dozen centuries.

  • Joshua

    Awesome story, Zach.

  • steve kollander

    ….and I heard that they are also claiming responsibility for the Mayor’s limiting soda size to 16 ounces. What cruelty!!

    • GAON

      steve kollander, yes, the soft drinks, protexting us from ourselves. but
      you omitted locking up the formula, requiring all women giving birth in NYC to make maximum attempt to breastfeed before giving them formula. There is no stronger proponent of breastfeeding than I, none, but the nanny country, state, city is slowly but surely implementing small cuts depriving people of their basic civil rights. In the beginning it will be smaller baby steps, and then escalate, and slowly the dumbed down population, the SHEEPLE will acclimate to life without the personal right of self decison Thoroughly outrageous, Let him outlaw tobacco and alcohol. Bloomberg has a GOD complex, but the fish stinks from the head, Barry has probably issued more executive edicts than all former presidents combined, it’s called the trickle down method of destroying individual rights and civil liberties. Most have no idea re how many (unilateral) executive decrees he has made, fuhrer like. After a while, the majority will not notice it, through slow accclimatization,,,,,,,, and they will be the walking dead.

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