ISIS just launched a terror attack that shows support for their jihad is only growing.
For patrons at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli on Tuesday, what was supposed to be a stay in the lap of luxury turned into a bloody massacre. The last thing guests at the Corinthia could have expected was for ISIS terrorists to crash their stay – jihadist style.
According to the Daily Mail:
At least eight people, including five foreigners, were killed during an attack by gunmen against a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, a security official told local television.
A hotel staffer said the attack began when five masked gunmen wearing bulletproof vests stormed the hotel after security guards at the hotel’s gate tried to stop them. He said they entered the hotel and fired randomly at the staff in the lobby.
The staffer said the gunmen fired in his direction when he opened his door to look out. He said he joined the rest of the staff and foreign guests fleeing out the hotel’s back doors into the parking lot.
When they got there, he said a car bomb exploded in the parking lot, only a hundred meters away.
He said this came after a protection force entered the lobby and opened fire on the attackers. He said two guards were immediately killed.
The staffer spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared being targeted later by militants. He said the car bomb left at least five cars in the parking lot burned and damaged some windows in the hotel’s facade.
He said the hotel had Italian, British and Turkish guests, but the hotel was largely empty at the time of the attack.
He said the militia-backed Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi usually resides at the hotel, but was not there Tuesday. Al-Hassi’s security guards also weren’t there, he said. The hotel previously came under attack in 2013 when a former prime minister was abducted there.
‘The security forces are evacuating the guests floor by floor. There was shooting between the gunmen and the security forces,’ Essam Naas, a spokesman for Tripoli security forces, told Reuters.
‘It is more than likely that there are hostages held by the gunmen on the 23rd floor.’
An American was killed in the terrorist attack and reports have also come in claiming that a hostage situation may be unfolding.
What’s more disturbing, is that those claiming credit for the attack call themselves ISIS in Libya. It was only two months ago, that the Islamic State took full control of Dernah, Libya, a city of about 100,000 right off the Mediterranean coast.
Moreover, they have established camps in Libya to train more militants.
It’s important to remember that President Obama has touted Libya as a foreign policy success. However, with the Benghazi attacks in 2012, and now the Corinthia hotel, ‘success’ doesn’t seem like the right word to define this administration’s foreign policy strategy.
Even more significant, the attack in Libya is a counter-factual to the president’s claim that ISIS is being ‘decimated.’ By all appearances, ISIS is being emboldened by the international community’s weakness, the U.S.’ absence of leadership, and the lack of a concerted strategy to ultimately defeat it.
With terrorist organizations in eleven different countries that have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, the problem is only growing. And time is running out to ensure that the world’s deadly ISIS menace does not become even more capable of posing a severe threat to U.S. allies in the region and America itself.
Not to worry people, O is bound to get right on this just as soon as he quits bowing to the new king of Saudi Arabia. Nothing to see here folks, move along. The guys who did this aren’t real muslims, they’re IS state, and Islam really is a religion of peace. It’s just that there have been a series of misunderstandings for the past 1300 years.
Sarcasm aside, they’re spreading like the plague and one has to wonder if it’s still possible to stop them. Boots on the ground or not, it’s time to get serious with these monsters.
Fox News reports that in a new online video discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, three Islamic State fighters stand behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations.
“Know, oh Obama, that will reach America,” says one of the fighters, clad in black and wearing a balaclava. “Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”
Hey O – you still think they’re JV?