A medical student and a physics student. But…but…poverty and ignorance cause terrorism! So our moral superiors would have us believe, despite its being proven false again and again.
Note also how thick the denial is in the British media: the Telegraph says: “He had declared allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil) just a month after it had declared itself the Islamist State in June 2014.” The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant didn’t declare itself “the Islamist State” in June 2014. It declared itself “the Islamic State.” But that simple fact is just too much for British readers to bear, apparently, and so it has to be obfuscated.
“Medical student in plot to assassinate police and soldiers in drive-by London shootings, court hears,” by Tom Whitehead, Telegraph, January 18, 2016 (thanks to John):
A British Islamist fanatic dubbed “The Surgeon” led an Isil-inspired plot to assassinate police and soldiers in a series of drive-by shootings in the UK, a court heard.
Medical student Tarik Hassane, 22, was the ringleader of a four-man terror cell that had obtained a gun and silencer and were looking to buy a scooter which would have resulted in a “terrorist murder or murders on the streets of London”, the Old Bailey was told[.]
Ringleader and medical student Tarik Hassane also conducted “hostile reconnaissance” online of Shepherd’s Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army barracks in White City, jurors were told.
He had declared allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil) just a month after it had declared itself the Islamist [sic] State in June 2014.
Hassane planned to become a “lone wolf” attacker after his co-conspirators were arrested, the court was told.
Close friend Suhaib Majeed, a physics student, was said to be an “essential cog in the machine” of the plot and responsible for secret communications.
Nathan Cuffy supplied the weapon and “armed the plot” while Nyall Hamlett was the “middleman” between him the other two, jurors were told.
Opening the prosecution case, Brian Altman QC said: “With their arrests, the police successfully disrupted a plot to kill a police officers, a soldier or possibly even a civilian, in one or more terrorist attacks, which, if the plot had been allowed to run its course would have resulted in a terrorist murder or murders on the streets of London, according to the warped ideology of the defendants, in the cause, and for the sake, of Allah.
“The plot was undoubtedly influenced by the happenings in Syria and Iraq and the rise of Isil, which in late June 2014 was renamed Islamic State, when the organisation pronounced itself to be a worldwide Caliphate.”
Although the plot was already underway, the group was inspired by a fatwa issued by Isil in September 2014 that called on followers to “kill disbelievers” in the West, he added.
“This was no religious edict or verdict. This was nothing short of direct encouragement and incitement to Muslims living in the West to go out and kill non-believers in their home countries,” Mr Altman said….