Tunis - Friday June 26 was a bloody and tragic day. Four countries have once again been struck by terrorism. While it was not Friday 13, one could say it was a “double Friday 13”.
Tunis – Friday June 26 was a bloody and tragic day. Four countries have once again been struck by terrorism. While it was not Friday 13, one could say it was a “double Friday 13”.
Tunisia, France, Kuwait and Somalia were all struck by terrorists in one day. Are these attacks linked, or simply a coincidence? It was the second Friday of Ramadan when the jihadists produced terror in the world. It would seem as though attacks against tourists and religious monuments (HyperKosher tragedy in Paris and Mosque attack in Koweit) occur on Fridays. At least 15 of the 38 victims killed in the shooting in a Tunisian hotel in the tourist city Sousse, were British. Since January 14, 2011, it was the second time that Tunisian cities were struck by terrorists after the attack at the Bardo Museum.
While 27 people were found dead and 222 injured in an anti-Shiite attack in a mosque in Kuwait, dozens had died on a base in Somalia. In France, an entrepreneur was beheaded in an attack. It is unclear whether this dispute was between an employee and his boss or a terrorist plot. Although the attacks in Kuwait have been claimed by EIIL, no word has been pronounced on the authors of the attacks in Tunisia. According to the New York Times, Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the Pentagon stated that there was “no word yet on whether they were coordinated by the same terrorists”.
Some, like Jean-Christophe Buisson, editor-in-chief of Culture at Le Figaro, believe there is a link between the events. He noted that the events happened only three days after the anniversary of the proclamation of the Islamic State Caliphate group, on June 29, 2014. According to Rukmini Callimachi a correspondent from New York, “ISIS Spokesman Adnani promised rewards for those who carry out attacks in Ramadan and make it a month of fire for the kuffar.” In Islam, “murder is forbidden by the Koran, not just during Ramadan. For example, in Koran it is said, ‘Move away from the abominable sins, apparent or hidden. Do not kill unfairly God has forbidden you.’ Unfortunately, the interpretation of religious text allows some extremists to encourage acts of violence”.
In January 2015, two months before the attack of Bardo in Tunisia, two major terrorist attacks hit France. One against Charlie Hebdo and the other against Hyper Kosher. Experts, including intelligence services had suspected a link between the events. At the time, Boubaker el-Hakim, lieutenant of the jihadist group Daech and number 1 enemy of Tunisia, was accused by the French media. [A friend from abroad had to come to Tunisia to rent my house this week. Today, she called me to tell me she canceled the rent. “The smell of jasmine is stronger than terrorism, we are all soldiers and we will fight to gain back the peace and security that we once knew in Tunisia,” said Haifa Missaoui, a Tunisian citizen.
While Marine Le Pen has seen fit to expel all foreigners suspected of “fundamentalism”, others find it unnecessary. Thousands of French have integrated jihadist groups to kill people of other nationalities in their country. We should strengthen our security and intelligence services and educate our citizens to understand and tolerate each other’s religion. In the meantime, countries should condemn these attacks and cooperate efficiently with their neighbors to improve security and tourism.
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