A week ago, we put on our green visors to count the corpses during this joyous holiday season. Our tally ran to 319 dead, 394 injured (some perhaps since dead).
Limber up those fingers, Bloodthirstani, as we tally the fatalities.
(Aside: We will not count deaths from ongoing wars, even as Muslims kill Muslims during the Holey month—sorry, Holy month. The conflicts predate Ramadan, and the body counts are unreliable.)
ISIS apparently launched simultaneous attacks Wednesday on Egyptian military checkpoints, reportedly killing 17 Egyptian soldiers and injuring 30 others.
The wave of violence comes after a spokesman for the Sunni extremist group urged followers to step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Egyptian army has killed not less than 70 suspected militants in a shoot out in North Sinai Friday, the state-owned MENA reported.
The security forces pursued and killed a number of “dangerous and high-profile militants” who were trying to escape after participating in the Wednesday simultaneous attacks on military and police targets in North Sinai and Sheikh Zuwayed that left dozens dead, security sources told Al-Ahram Friday.
The army has used mortars and helicopter gunships to pound and destroy the militants’ hideouts, the source said, adding that the army intends to expand its “proactive military operation” in Sinai until it achieves its objectives and the area is cleared of all “terrorist concentrations.”
In a statement of the armed forces aired on TV Wednesday, the army said more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed during the simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai.
Let’s accept (as if we have a choice) the figure 117.
Four people were wounded in the attack, including one seriously. Two of the victims were evacuated to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, among them the seriously wounded victim and one more in light-to-moderate condition.
The terrorist attack in Shvut Rachel is the second attack in several hours. Earlier on Monday, an IDF soldier was wounded in a stabbing attack at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.
According to security sources, a female Arab terrorist arrived on Monday morning at the checkpoint adjacent to Rachel’s Tomb, located south of Jerusalem and adjacent to Bethlehem in Judea, where she stabbed a 25-year-old female IDF soldier who was manning the checkpoint several times in the neck.
One person died:
Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, was brought to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Kochav Hashachar, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Malachi succumbed to wounds he sustained in a terrorist shooting attack near the village of Shvut Rachel the previous night.
Mauritania (yes, Mauritania):
Al-Qaeda’s North African franchise claimed responsibility for an ambush in Mali in which at least six United Nations peacekeepers died on Thursday, according to a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania.
Al-Akhbar, which regularly carries credible claims of responsibility by jihadist groups, said it had received a statement from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) admitting the killing of “seven MINUSMA soldiers”.
That’s 7 more.
Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen’s second city Aden killed at least 31 civilians Wednesday as loyalist forces in the central city of Taiz launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners.
Both cities have seen heavy fighting as loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi battle to fight back Houthi rebels with the support of a Saudi-led bombing campaign launched in March.
The Saudi-Houthi thing predates Ramadan, but these were civilian deaths, so we’re gonna count ’em.
An Afghan official says a nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic Wardak province south of the capital, Kabul, has killed seven local policemen.
Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted foreign troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding nearly 60, as the Taliban’s bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.
A powerful blast echoed around the Afghan capital as a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of foreign military vehicles on the main road to the airport, around 500 metres (550 yards) from the US embassy, wounding at least 17 people.
Hours earlier at least two civilians were killed when a suicide truck bomb detonated at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province.
Tuesday’s violence came less than two days after 11 soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in the normally relatively peaceful western province of Herat.
I think that’s 15.
Of course, Muslim-on-Muslim murder in Syria and Iraq dwarfs anything we’ve counted so far.
What is it with Ramadan anyway?
Prof. Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Friday explained why the Muslim fast month of Ramadan has sparked a worldwide terrorism spike, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva.
Kedar noted that during Ramadan, the rituals of fasting and prayer bring many Muslims to feel closer to Allah.
I told you this was a blood sugar thing.
This is in stark contrast, he said, to how many rulers of Islamic countries took power, conducted themselves, or treated their people – and the leadership’s lack of adherence to religious law or lack of merciful rule often led to a sense of righteous indignation during Ramadan.
As a result, he said, there have been tensions between Muslims and leaders of Arab countries during the month-long holiday in many different periods of history.
“This is why, by the way, the Ottoman Empire in many places and at many times would announce the start of Ramadan in the morning, or at dawn, by the shot of a cannon,” Kedar noted.
Not only was it to notify the people of the beginning of the fast, he said, but “also to remind the people who is behind the cannon – and that they should be very careful not to say something against the ruler or especially to do something against the ruler.”
Kedar added that, today, Ramadan “adds to the religious adrenaline” of Muslim holy wars in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as the fervor of terror groups who vow to increase attacks on the West – and this “definitely motivates people to launch more attacks against the infidels and all those who are viewed as enemies of the Islamic world.”
I’ve grown tired of the whole exercise. If Muslims themselves can’t be bothered to care why they slaughter each other, especially during Ramadan, why should I give a crap?
But this is worth remembering:
“In Sinai there is a war, there is an all-out war,” he reflected, noting “this is not a new thing.”
“Sinai became a vacuum of lawlessness, and many jihadists came from Egypt and from other parts of the world into Sinai, found there a safe haven, and they are acting against the regime big-time,” he said. “The regime tried to ignore this for a long time – but when you ignore small problems, they become big problems.”
Ain’t that the truth.
PS: I did wonder aloud if the total would top 1,000. I don’t think that will be a problem (with two weeks to go), regardless of how or whom you count.