WASHINGTON – The fact that two untrained jihadis failed in their shooting attack on a Muhammad cartoon exhibit in Garland, Texas, means the next attack likely will be by ISIS professionals, a U.S. law-enforcement official has confirmed in a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
One police patrol officer was injured and the two gunman were shot and killed in the Texas attack over the weekend.
The police official, who asked for anonymity, told G2 the two gunmen had no formal training and fell to the defensive efforts of a professionally trained police officer and that means ISIS may bring in trained, battle-hardened fighters for future attacks.
He said ISIS could use the long-time relationship between al-Qaida and the drug cartels and the MS-13 gang, both of which already are present in some 1,200 U.S. cities, to facilitate any such attack.
This prospect comes as ISIS warned in a tweet that there would be future attacks and they would be “harsher.”
The terror group followed up with a message on JustPasteIt that it has 71 trained radicals in 15 different states, all ready to engage and fight.
The message said: “[We have] 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack. … The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a willyah in the heart of our enemy.”
ISIS claimed responsibility for the May 3, 2015, attack that happened when a Muslim convert, Elton Simpson, and Nadir Soofi, drove from Phoenix, Arizona, to the Curtis Culwell Center, site of the Muhammad art exhibit, and started firing their guns, wounding an unarmed security officer.
They were shot and killed by a Garland police traffic officer.
Simpson previously had come to the attention of federal law enforcement. He was charged in 2010 with lying to the FBI about planning to travel to Somalia to join the al-Shabaab terrorist group. He also had a history of discussing jihad against the West.
The cartoon event, organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, headed by free speech advocate and writer Pamela Geller and featuring Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders, was in response to a Council on American-Islamic Relations “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January.
According to Steve Emerson of Investigative Project, the CAIR-sponsored event had as speakers “radical Islamic leaders” from around the U.S. attacking those who have “defamed the prophet,” which they claim is responsible for the rise of Islamic extremist groups and the “worldwide hatred of Muslims.”
In turn, the January CAIR event was in response to the Islamic terrorist attacks on Jan. 7 on cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris and a Jewish delicatessen, killing 11 people and wounding 11 others.
Emerson said that his sources said that three days prior to the Garland gathering, there were social media postings calling for the death of those responsible for organizing the cartoon exhibit, urging “beheadings and mass killings.”
Sources say the way in which Soofi and Simpson carried out the attack showed a lack of prior planning, surveillance prior to the attack of the Culwell Center or professional training in the way in which they engaged the police officer.
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