Since 9/11, several massive wildfires appear to align with the widely publicized al-Qaeda plan instructing followers on how to ignite wildfires in the West. As we speak, huge wildfires are consuming large areas of Portugal and have moved into Spain. And massive wildfires in California have been raging since the beginning of October. Because of the difficulty of identifying the arsonists, most are never blamed on Muslim terrorists…but should be considered, based on the al-Qaeda playbook as revealed in the video below.
WND In July 2012, William Scott, a former National Security Agency official and Aviation Week editor, told the American Center for Democracy that terrorists are using fire as a tactical weapon of war. “Perhaps the most simple form of economic warfare is wild land arson,” Scott said. “That’s just setting fires in U.S. forests [and] grasslands.”
“For any terrorists that are determined to inflict significant damage with very little investment or risk, fire is an extremely high-leverage weapon of mass effect.”
Scott explained that after U.S. Navy SEALs killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, they “captured a treasure trove of material that provided some unprecedented insight into the al-Qaeda plans. And one of those was a detailed campaign for starting fires throughout the [American] West.”
“U.S. officials have pretty much determined that some of the fires that burned in California and Colorado were ignited by al-Qaeda operatives,” Scott said.
As WND reported in June, an expert on Islamic terrorism believes a wildfire that ravaged the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colo., killing two people and destroying more than 500 homes, should be examined by terror investigators as natural causes such as lightening were ruled out.
In 2004, an Arabic-language jihadi website also posted a message purporting to be “al-Qaeda’s plan of economic attack” on the U.S. that including proposals to turn the nation’s forests into raging infernos.
Recent wildfires in Portugal and Spain are being blamed on ‘terrorist arsonists’ and have claimed dozens of lives.
UK Daily Mail Authorities in Portugal said that at least 31 people died and dozens were injured by wildfires in the country. In the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, four people have died and thousands have been evacuated.
Portugal’s civil protection service said as of Monday morning, firefighters were fighting 145 separate blazes across the country, dozens of which are considered to still be serious.
In the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, authorities said that four people had died, two of them trapped in a car, as a result of blazes that were threatening inhabited areas prompting the evacuation of thousands.
Authorities in both countries said that the strong winds from Hurricane Ophelia in the Atlantic Ocean and high temperatures fanned the fires.
Investigations were also focusing on human and criminal causes, with political leaders accusing ‘terrorist arsonists’ of starting the blazes.
The government in Portugal declared a state of emergency for regions north of the Tajo river after Sunday was described as ‘the worst day of the year in terms of forest fires’ by Civil Protection spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar.
In Spain, more than 500 military personnel and 350 brigades are fighting the fires.
Among the dead in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia are a 19-year-old pregnant woman, who was killed as she hit another car while trying flee the flames.
In Portugal, two people died when they became trapped in their van in Chandebrito, in the municipality of Pontevedra Nigrán, and a 67-year-old man in Carballeda de Avia (Ourense) died when he tried to extinguish the flames that surrounded his house.
Gaspar said deaths occurred in the districts of Coimbra, Castelo Branco, Viseu and Guarda. In addition to the dead, 51 people have been injured, including 15 in serious condition, Gaspar said. She also said that an unknown number of people were still missing.
Houses, factories and other infrastructure had been destroyed in more than 440 forest fires, 33 of them considered to be major.
The fires prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people. The fatalities in Spain were reported in the districts of Coimbra, Castelo Branco and Viseu.
The weekend fires come only three months after a wildfire in Portugal killed 64 people in Pedrogao Grande in early summer – 47 of them on one road while trying to flee the flames in cars.
In the recent weekend fires, thousands of acres of land in Spain have been calcined and schools in Vigo and Pontevedra, as well as the University of Vigo, have suspended classes.
At least 17 fires were close to inhabited areas, many of them in the Vigo province of Spain, leading to emergency services and police to evacuate thousands, the regional government’s environmental department said.
About 1,000 workers in a factory in Vigo were evacuated, together with other warehouses, and the flames have come dangerously close to closely populated areas.
President of the local government Alberto Núñez Feijoo said that arsonists/terrorists are almost certainly to blame as 25 new fires were started in the early hours of Monday.
He has described those responsible as ‘terrorist arsonists’, and warned: ‘They are playing with lives.’
A number of people are said to be ‘under suspicion’ but no arrests have yet been made. Feijoo said that 15 fires are posing a risk to towns. He added that 90 percent of forest fires each year in Galicia are intentional.
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