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...While most Muslims observe Ramadan as a period of fasting and reflection, radical Islamists and the Islamic State in particular have focused on Ramadan as a period of intensified jihad, or holy war, when Sunni Muslims should lash out at both nonbelievers and Shiite Muslims.
...“It’s counterintuitive, you’d think [Ramadan] would be a time of turning inward, but for some [extremists] it’s also a time when your holy obligation to fight against the nonbelievers and blasphemers becomes even more imperative,” says Marvin Weinbaum, a former south Asia intelligence analyst at the State Department who is now a resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington. (Source)
Isis recording warns they’ve planned terror attacks during Ramadan
A hateful Isis audio recording has asked followers to prepare for terror attacks over the month of Ramadan in Europe and the US.
In the audio message, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani asked jihadists to prepare for ‘a month of calamity everywhere for non-believers’.
But the recording made no mention of the EgyptAir flight 804 tragedy – which the extremist group has not claimed responsibility for.
Al-Adnani said: ‘Get prepared, be ready… to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.
Ramadan Violence: Islamic State Urges Lone Wolf Attacks in U.S., Europe
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), in a new propaganda message, is urging supporters to carry out violent attacks against civilian and military targets within the United States and Europe during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June.
...The day that marks the birth of the United States, the 4th of July, will fall on Ramadan. In addition, the holy month will take place during the summer, the season for multiple music festivals and concerts across the nation.
Various presidential campaign and election events will also take place during Ramadan 2016, as June will mark the end of the contentious primaries and caucuses held by the states and parties during which ISIS and Islam were debated.
“The period of Ramadan, which carries on into July, happens to coincide with a number of big events in Europe,” including the Euro Soccer Cup, Wimbledon, the Glastonbury Festival, and the London Gay Pride Parade, notes IBTimes.
Millions of Muslims in the United States and Europe are expected to participate in Ramadan.