Aftermath of US bombing- 11 civilians, including 4 children kids who died from 1 family
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Personal details of US armed service personnel hacked
In a continuation of the “Die in your Rage” phenomena, the Islamic State (IS) “hacking division” have allegedly been hard at work accessing the names, addresses and photographs of 100 US military personnel according to their latest press release to selected journalists and social media reporters. They claim to have hacked “military servers, databases and emails” and the statement includes the images of armed service personnel with details of the area in which they serve .
I would imagine the civilians whose families in the Middle East and further afield have been killed in US air raids or left wounded themselves will be interested to see the faces of the individuals responsible for their trauma who are so often hide behind anonymity. The IS information is not difficult to find and is currently in circulation on social media.
Let’s not play the American game of denying civilian casualties, those suffering airstrikes in “Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Khurasan and Somalia” or giving them a meaningless name like “collateral damage” often an escape route for accountability. As the US lawyers would no doubt say, “what accountability” (yes have been there myself as a victim of US collateral damage) see link for one example of US bombing of urban populated areas in Syria,
“Dozens Of Civilians Killed By US-Led Bombing Of Syria: Report”
Jihadi “license to kill”
There are clearly serious security issues at stake here now that Islamic State supporters in the US are armed with the means to track down these “heroes” of so called “democracy” that are bombing the world into submission. This seems to be a new stage in the IS campaign… The person who sent me the press release today stated, its “the beginning of offensive jihad” and there are instructions by the Islamic State for a jihadi “license to kill kufars” on US soil using quotations from the Quran as justification.
In the Islamic State press release the image is a normal clear head and shouldier’s photo complete with personal details.
Dozens of photos of armed service personnel in uniform have now been published with their home addresses which were current at the time of hacking. It looks not unlike a reverse “US most wanted terrorists list” except this time the perceived terrorists are not insurgents from Islamic State, Al Qaeda or Taliban etc but those working for the state in the American armed forces. The words wanted “dead or alive” might need altering though as the “alive” does not seem to be an option.
Some service personnel are pictured with women, their faces are blanked out, however images of children (possibly with daddy in uniform) are visible.
The press release and images had been viewed (and no doubt shared and copied several thousand times in just a few hours) so these individuals will now be looking over their shoulders or concerned regarding the security of their families at home.
Alleged victim of US drone strike on a wedding party in Yemen
Once again Islamic State aims to copycat US behaviour by targeting selected persons residing in the US in a similar way to a drone strike, locking on to an individual, following and eliminating them. Let’s pray there is no collateral damage to follow as America appears to excel at killing civilians in other countries through air strikes and drone attacks as well as suspected militants, see,
“Yemen: Turning a wedding into a funeral”
Here is part of the statement from Islamic State, minus photos and emails.
IS state, “Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe,”
Private e-mails hacked
IS has also released content of email communication from “Joel to Samer” referring to the collection of “the names of Imams at each mosque visited” to start “a private database of radicalization in Egypt, mosque by mosque” in the hope of “linking specific Imams to radicalization” which is seen to be “the most valuable part”.
If this information is correct, then there is a serious security breach which needs attending to as the US is failing to protect its armed services personnel and the public who may be targeted due to controversial foreign policy actions of America and her allies. If I can see all the names, addresses, photos of United States Airforce, Navy and Army so can everyone else!
Another somewhat worrying comment tweeted with the press release was reference to “revenge” suggesting a “nuclear plant” might be a target. Let’s hope the US is not too busy bombing other countries to neglect safety and security at its nuclear facilities. If IS are anything like Taliban in their preparations, they appear to have an insider in all key institutions. The saying, “what goes around, comes around” is likely to be applied in ever increasing variety of methods to teach the US a lesson regarding its persistent interference in other countries.!
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.