Aaron Klein, a Jewish-American journalist living in Tel Aviv, who often interviews members of Hamas and other terrorist groups, says that insiders in the group that claims to represent ISIS in the Gaza Strip says they will soon release information purporting to show how ISIS helped to bring down the Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt, killing all 224 people (mostly Russian) on board.
WND (h/t Susan K) Salafist jihadists in the Gaza Strip who operate under the ISIS banner in the territory said the global jihad group was indeed involved in the downing of the aircraft Saturday morning. They claimed it was not a missile that brought the plane down and that supposed evidence will soon be released by ISIS.
One ISIS leader in Gaza told WND that “in the Russian plane operation our brothers used their brains more than their bullets or their explosives. It was part of a brains war.” The ISIS leader hinted to similarities with the 9/11 attacks as far as what he described as the level of sophistication of the claimed attack on the Russian jet.
The ISIS leader spoke on condition of anonymity, citing specific ISIS instructions for all members of the global jihad group to refrain from putting out information concerning the attack for the time being.
The Gazan ISIS ideologues fight under the same ISIS banner as their jihadist comrades in the neighboring Peninsula, the group formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which claimed it was behind the fatal plane crash. Egypt and Russia have been quick to deny any possible terrorism link to the incident, which is being described as one of the deadliest Airbus crashes of the past decade.
According to Michael Clarke, director general of the Royal United Services Institute, told British radio he believes the early information indicates the jet could have been destroyed by a bomb on the aircraft. He pointed out the debris was strewn round the Sinai, where ISIS and its affiliates are known to be highly active.
Other ISIS ideologues in Gaza further claimed the video (below) circulating on the Internet purporting to show the final moments of the Russian jet is not authentic.
“Early reports said it split into two and that suggests a catastrophic failure, not a mechanical failure, but perhaps an explosion on board, so I would be much more inclined to think, if we have to guess at this stage, it is much more likely to have been a bomb on board than a missile fired from the ground.”
“And there’s no sign of a distress call, so the idea that the aircraft was undergoing an mechanical problem, or an engine problem, or a fire, or something like that, you would expect that there would be some sort of distress call beforehand.”
“So the fact that there was a catastrophic failure at 31,000 feet, with the aircraft falling in two pieces, suggests to me an explosion on board. So was this caused by some form of terrible accident, which is unlikely, or a bomb, which is much more likely, my mind is moving in that direction rather than anything that happened on the ground.” Read More