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Aggregate on the Manchester Arena attack so far –

What we now know – 

Coexist Cover Photo22 year-old Salman Abedi (Lybian), who was known to British Intelligence and Law Enfocement, is confirmed to have detonated a suicide backpack bomb designed with nuts, bolts, ball bearings and nails, near the foyer of the Manchester Arena and the entrance to Victoria Station, as people exited at about 2230 (local).

Aside from from himself – Abedi killed at least 22 and 59 people were hospitalised,including 12 children under the age of 16. An additional 60 patients were treated by paramedics at the scene following the explosion. The attack is presumed to have specifically targeted a venue and event that was populated by the young.

Another 23-year-old man (and possibly four others) was arrested Tuesday in South Manchester in connection with the attack as Police were carrying out raids on several locations around Greater Manchester.

Ian Hopkins, Chief Connstable of Greater Manchester Police has warned against “hate” actions by those seeking revenge, and has asked the public to report any “hate” attacks against “specific groups.”

This comes after the IS claimed attack, when Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge in London, killing four people and injuring more than 50, before crashing his car into the fence of the British Parliament and fatally stabbing a police officer. Masood was then shot dead by another officer.

More recent raids on terror groups by the London Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command and MI5, led to the arrests of six men and three women, one of whom was shot by police.Product Block - Fck ISIS bumper

SITE has translated recent traffic from the Islamic State that says in part:Attack 1.jpg

“With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of Khilafah managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester, in revenge for Allah’s religion, in an endeavor to terrorize the mushirkin and in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims,” the statement said. “The explosive devices were detonated in the shameless concert arena, resulting in 30 Crusaders being killed and 70 others being wounded. And what comes next will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah’s permission. And all praises is due to Allah, Lord of the creation.”

My response – 

Attack ResponseYeah. I know, I am cynical. Further, the animal that murdered those people in Manchester is (was) of a breed that needs to be eradicated. However – I have no use for that Starbucks beverage name having pop tart. She is an idiot who did and still does deserve scorn for her public lamentations about politics as well as her anti-American rants and churlish behavior. Further, let’s not be phony about what will happen after this. We (the Western world) will have an anemic response at best. So spare me the typical Facebook nonsense. Either you are in this fight against Islamists to win or you need to look up the word “Dhimmi” – because that is the best you will get under the benevolent rule of the enemy.

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E. Michael Davis II, OMar, CPP, 1SG USA (Ret) served nearly 25 years in the United States Army as a Military Police Investigator. His work focused on Investigations, Anti/Counter-Terrorism Operations, Police Special Operations, Intelligence Operations and Force Protection with multiple Joint and Combined Commands. The impact of his work spanned the spectrum from tactical actions to strategic planning and engagement. In this capacity, he worked closely with nearly every security and law enforcement agency of the United States government, as well as dozens of police, security and intelligence agencies of friendly foreign governments. He experienced multiple combat tours in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and three tours in Iraq. He is a recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart amongst many other awards and honors. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Military History, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies and Master's Degree in Post 1945 Military History from the American Military University - all with honors. He is still active in the anti/counter-terrorism community as well as a freelance author, historian and blogger.

2 comments on “Aggregate on the Manchester Arena attack so far –

  1. You’re not alone in your cynicism. I posted this yesterday, so far no responses either for or against. I’m awaiting incoming.
    ” Here we go again. A load of innocent people get killed by a deranged follower of the religion of peace and the Facetwat frenzy starts. Everyone and their aunties fuckin’ cat starts a competition to see who can find the most nauseatingly mawkish page with a candle flame/teddy bears/little kids praying/broken heart pictures etc. etc. to share.This usually includes an invitation to share with all and sundry just so you can show your ” solidarity “, and that you’re ” standing with the families of the victims of … ( insert address of atrocity here ). The next thing that happens is that, all of a sudden, people start plastering their status pictures with a flag or whatever. What the actual fuck do any of you that indulge in this useless activity think this will achieve…?
    Well, I’ll tell you. You might not want to hear it, but, fuck it I’m going to tell you anyway. If you get upset/ pissed off, tough, unfriend me!
    This is the same reply I posted on a share request earlier today. It was on a meme shared from British Freedom. A nice far right,racist knuckle draggers page. It said”We stand with Manchester, 23/05/2017, The dozy cunts even got the date wrong!
    ” And sharing this meme is going to achieve what exactly? I’ll tell you what sharing it will achieve, the grand total of fuck all, zilch, nada, zip. It will have the same effect as all those people sticking a heart shaped BrItish flag with Manchester spattered across the middle on their facetwat status. It’s like when the hordes of muppets superimposed a French flag on their status picture after the Paris club shooting. It accomplished nothing, apart from making themselves look stupid for thinking it would make the deranged cunts that commit these atrocities think again before committing another one. ” Ooh, I don’t think I should be doing this in the name of my religion of peace. Shouting Allans Snackbar just before I splash myself all over the place will make all those infidels so angry, that they will go so far as to change their status pictures on facetwunt “! Yeah, it’ll really make the sick fuckers shit themselves with fear at the extent of the backlash, and then all you twats can sit back with a congratulatory look of self righteous smugness on your faces and say, ” well then, that fuckin’ well told them didn’t it, They won’t be doing that again “. Now, where’s the nearest candlelight vigil? ”
    This might be a meme, but it’s fuckin’ true. Rant over, nite nite.”

    The meme I mentioned was of a kid at a computer screen looking excited, with a French flag superimposed. it says ” changed my profile pic…terrorism defeated “

  2. David Fairbanks

    Redcon 2, III%

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