ISIS's call to kill turns Ramadan into a rampage

From MailOnline

By Flora Drury

The call came in late May, just weeks before Ramadan began: ISIS told supporters to make the Holy period 'with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere'.

That call has turned what should have been four weeks of peace and charitable giving into a bloodbath which has spread from Florida to the Philippines, leaving more than 800 dead at the hands of Islamic State's supporters across the globe.

Extremists have killed people as they sat with friends in a cafe in Bangladesh, executed Syrian families for trying to flee their clutches and stabbed a policeman to death in France.

In the first four weeks, almost 30 people a day died at the hands of an ISIS extremist - including many children, and the vast majority fellow, peaceful Muslims who do not agree with the group's twisted mentality.

That call has spread around the world, with ISIS jihadis striking a cafe in Bangladesh on Friday, killing 22 people, including aid workers and holidaymakers during a terrifying hostage siege

According to the New York Times, ISIS' spokesman told followers to 'make it, with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere' at the end of May.

Fawaz A. Gerges, of the London School of Economics, told the paper: 'There is no doubt in my mind that Al-Qaeda, its various affiliates and now ISIS use Ramadan as a watershed, as a marker to inspire and motivate their followers and supporters worldwide.' 

On the first day of Ramadan, it was reported the terrorists executed 65 people - among them university students - at dawn in Mosul, Iraq.

And the killing continued, spreading from the Middle East throughout the world. 

It reached America on June 12, when 49 clubbers lost their lives after Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which had been packed with friends enjoying their Saturday night.


The next day, policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his wife Jessica Schneider were killed in another 'lone wolf' attack, just outside Paris. 

Then, last Tuesday, three suicide bombers stormed Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, shooting at anyone who got in their way, before blowing themselves up.

So far, 44 people have died, with 17 more fighting for their lives in intensive care.

Three days later, a gang of militants pledging allegiance to ISIS burst into a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to reports, they killed anyone who could not recite the Koran - including a pregnant woman. 

The attack came three days after three suicide bombers - believed to be ISIS-affiliated - struck at Turkey's Ataturk Airport. 

Twenty-two people died - including a Muslim graduate who refused to leave his friends behind to die alone.

But the country which has suffered the most is Iraq, where ISIS militants are desperate to hold onto what territory they can after making huge losses to the army. 

Baghdad was rocked by several suicide bombings, the extremists targeting fellow Muslims during the Holy Month.

The worst came on Sunday, just days before Ramadan comes to an end. More than 150 were killed - with that figure still rising - when they hit a busy shopping centre.

Children and adults alike burnt alive as fire engulfed the buildings.

In neighboring Syria, at least 20 worshipers at a Shia shrine in Damascus were killed on June 11, while for those living under ISIS rule life was just as blood-thirsty. 

People were executed throughout the month for crimes such as sorcery, mocking Islam or simply being a journalist. 

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claims the real death toll for Ramadan is much higher in fact, with people being crucified every day for breaking fast, according to Newsweek.  

Families trying to flee the crazed group have also been executed en masse. 

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