The 2016 Timeline of Islamic Terror

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D.C. Clothesline
Article date: 
21 December 2016
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National News
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2016 has been studded with Islamic terror attacks across the continent in Europe. The attacks began just seven days into January and continued throughout the year. Europe has been overwhelmed by tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq...

The most astounding thing to me is that no one wants to name the one thing these attacks have in common. This a religious war, but when you point that out, you’re decried as a “racist.” (Islam is not a “race,” by the way.)

... these violent and horrifying attacks are occurring in the name of Islam, as confessed by the attackers. To ignore this is the height of politically correct cognitive dissonance.

Here’s a list of 15 horrifying attacks that occurred in Europe this year. It is not comprehensive.

  • January 7, 2016 : On the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack a man wearing fake explosives and carrying a meat cleaver attacked police. Sallah Ali, 21 was from Morocco. He was shot dead by police and was found to be carrying a statement written in Arabic and a picture of the Islamic state flag.
  • February 18, 2016: Jalal Uddin, an imam in Manchester UK, was beaten to death by two “lone wolf” ISIS supporters who disagreed with his practice of spiritual healing, something accepted by most Muslims.
  • February 26, 2016: A 15-year-old girl “inspired” by Islamic State stabbed a police office at a railway station in Hanover, Germany.
  • March 26, 2016 : 300 people were wounded and 31 people were killed in horrifying coordinated attacks in Brussels, Belgium. An airport and a subway station were bombed, and ISIS has taken credit for the attacks.
  • April 16, 2016: A bombing at a wedding in Essen, Germany seriously injured three people. Two teenagers with ISIS sympathies were convicted of the attack.
  • May 10, 2016: A knife attack by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) left one dead and three injured in Grafting, Germany.
  • June 11, 2016: A transgender man was repeatedly stabbed in Brussels by two men claiming allegiance to Islamic State.
  • June 14, 2016: Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his wife were stabbed to death by Larossi Abballa, 25, who stabbed the officer repeatedly outside his home in Magnanville, a northwestern suburb of Paris.
  • July 14, 2016: A truck was deliberately driven into crowds of people out celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, killing 86 people and injuring 434 more.
  • July 18, 2016: A 17-year-old refugee (an unaccompanied minor from Afghanistan) shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as he attacked five people with an ax in Wurzburg, Germany. He was shot dead by police.
  • July 24, 2016: The Ansbach Music Festival bombing left 15 people injured and the bomber dead. A 27-year-old Syrian who had failed in his bid for asylum carried out the attack. He was allowed to remain in Bavaria due to the situation in Syria.
  • August 19, 2016: A Rabbi in Strasbourg was seriously injured in a knife attack by an attacker who screamed “Allah Akbar” as he slashed and stabbed the man.
  • September 4, 2016: Four Islamic extremist prisoners at a jail in Osny, France stabbed a prison officer in the neck with a homemade weapon.
  • September 27, 2016: A man admitting affiliation with Islamic State stabbed a police officer in Rimini, Italy.
  • October 5, 2016: Three police officers were attacked by a man wielding a machete in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium. Two were stabbed by the man with like to Islamic State.

Of course, the United States has not escaped Islamic terror attacks either. Here are just a few.

  • January 8, 2016 : A Philadelphia police officer was shot 3 times while he was sitting in his car. The suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer, confessed to the crime and said he did it “in the name of Islam.”
  • February 12, 2016: A Somali refugee wounded 5 people in a machete attack at an Israeli restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
  • June 12, 2016: Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
  • September 17-19, 2016: Ahmad Khan Rahami planted pressure cooker and pipe bombs in New Jersey and Manhattan. 29 people were injured.
  • November 28, 2016: Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a group of students at the Ohio State University. He then stabbed several people Artan was shot by police. He was an OSU student and Somali refugee. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Artan was inspired by terrorist propaganda from the Islamic State and Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.


It isn’t politically correct to point out the common thread in these events...