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Former Jihadi: ISIS will Increase US Terror Attacks, As We Proceed to Election

ISIS prefers and wants to help Donald Trump to victory, because the things he says fit into their narrative.


September 26, 2016

Maajid Nawaz with Megyn Kelly: ISIS will increase terror in the US as we approach November 8th election.

A self described former Jihadi Maajid Nawaz, speaking on FoxNews' the Kelly File, said that The Islamic State terror group, will increase the pace of US terror attacks as we move toward the November 8th US Presidential election. This is based on chatter overheard in ISIS online chat rooms, he said.

Nawaz is well educated and tours the Middle East, he explains in a British accent, to lecture young people at Universities of the danger of extremism.

ISIS prefers and wants to help Donald Trump to victory, because the things he says fit into their narrative.

"I'm always reluctant to say Isis wants anything, but Isis wants to point to a head of state who is clearly hostile to them, because that helps their narrative, that we're at war with them," he said.

Nawaz said President Obama is correct to not want to feed into radical Islam's narrative. When Megyn Kelly asked him if that included never using the phrase "radical Islamic Terrorism, Nawaz responded:"We have to absolutely call it for what it is, because if we don't it makes it harder to isolate it from mainstream islam. Ironically, the very thing Pres. Obama fears, will happen if we don't call it, Islamic Extremism, what it is."

The wives of extremists were discussed. Katherine Russell seems to have been aware of her husbands intentions to die as a terrorist, he said. "The other wives, of Omar Mateen and of Khan Rahami, also seem to have been aware of their husbands radicalization, yet none of them said anything."

It's odd for Rahami to go and visit Quetta, because he is not Baluch, he is Afghan. Why would he get up and live in Quetta for a year? It would be like an American going to live in Belfast during the height of the troubles." He said that simply for Rahami to spend a year in Quetta, should have been a red flag to US authorities.

President Obama's strategy to face radical Islam has been one of obfuscation, denial and lack of action, Nawaz said on "The Kelly File" in November.

Nawaz said from comparing ISIS to a "JV team" to allowing the red line to be crossed in Syria, Obama has displayed either no strategy or a bad strategy.

"I don't think we're facing World War III," Nawaz said. "On the contrary, what I think we're facing is a global jihadist insurgency."

Maajid Usman Nawaz, 38, is a British activist, author, columnist, radio host and politician. He was the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for London's Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the 2015 general election. He is also the founding chairman of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank that seeks to challenge the narratives of Islamist extremists.

Born in Essex to a British Pakistani family, Nawaz is a former member of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. This association led to his arrest in Egypt in December 2001, where he remained imprisoned until 2006. Reading books on human rights and interacting with Amnesty International, which adopted him as a prisoner of conscience, resulted in a change of heart. This led Nawaz to leave Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 2007, renounce his Islamist past and call for a "Secular Islam".

After his turnaround, Nawaz co-founded Quilliam with former Islamists, including Ed Husain. He documented his life story in his Amazon bestselling autobiography Radical (2012). Since then, he has risen to become a prominent critic of Islamism in the United Kingdom. He is a regular op-ed contributor, debater and public commenter, and has spoken from various international platforms including the TED conference] He presented his views on radicalisation in front of US Senate Committee and UK Home Affairs Committee in their respective inquiries on the roots of radical extremism.

Nawaz is proficient in three languages: English, Urdu and Arabic. He is a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast, and hosts his LBC radio show every weekend 12-3 pm. His writings have been published in various international newspapers including The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Mail and The Wall Street Journal. He has made appearances on programmes including, but not limited to, Larry King Live, BBC Hard Talk, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, Newsnight and Real Time with Bill Maher. He has delivered lectures at LSE and University of Liverpool, and has given talks at UK Defence Academy.


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