02/14/09 UPDATE - LINK
JIHADISTS are celebrating the worst tragedy in Victoria's history.
Terror watchdogs said fundamentalists had blogged on websites across the globe, applauding the lives lost and destruction in the Victoria fires.
Senior analyst at SITE Intelligence Group Adam Raisman said they were posting pictures of burnt homes and devastated victims and "taking joy in the scenes", the Sunday Herald Sun reports.
One jihadist wrote: "It would be an act of revenge for Australian's participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Bushfires victims said they were stunned.
"We're minding our own business and trying to cope with all this and they are celebrating our suffering," said Denise McCann who lost her home in the Kinglake blaze.
Regional Islamic Council vice-president Dr Ameer Ali said the comments did not represent the wider Muslim community.
"They have no idea what they are talking about," he said.
Deliberate Forest Fire Jihad??? Are these arsonists muslims????
Australian Police release image of arsonist and admit two fires were lit deliberately
Wanted: Australian police have released this photo-fit of the man they believe is responsible for starting a fire near Melbourne today
Police have released this image of a man wanted for questioning in relation to arson in Victoria.
But he is not the chief fire-starter they are looking for in the 'bushfire zone' further to the north of the area where this man is alleged to have started a blaze.
This suspect, said police, is wanted for questioning in relation to an eight-acre fire that flared up in bushland earlier today some 10 miles from the centre of Melbourne.
No one appears to have died in that fire - but the blaze was lit days after 181 people were killed in fires that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described as 'mass murder', leaving many to wonder what compulsion could have driven the suspected arsonist to put yet more lives in danger.
The fire disrupted traffic and sent plumes of smoke across nearby suburbs.
Police said the man they were seeking has a dark complexion and is in his early to mid-20s, wearing black pants a polo shirt and yellow-rimmed glasses.
He was also carrying a black backpack.
Detectives have yet to release a photofit of a man they are looking for in the Gippsland area, some 70 miles south east of Melbourne
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Hat tip to Anonymous:
Just this past September came reports of Islamists in Australia threatening to conduct a Forest Fire Jihad. These Islamist groups urged their fellow muslims to deliberately ignite bush fires in "infidel lands" as a weapon of terror.
"AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for "forest jihad" by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to "start forest fires", claiming "scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands".
The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the "eye for an eye" doctrine.
The posting — which instructs jihadis to remember "forest jihad" in summer months — says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that "this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time".
"Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires," the website says. "You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia.
...The internet posting by the little-known group claimed the idea of forest fires had been attributed to imprisoned Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab Al-Suri. It said Al-Suri had urged terrorists to use sulphuric acid and petrol to start forest fires."
for rest of article go HERE
Now comes word from Australia of out of control fires - these fires are the DEADLIEST FIRES IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY.
"The death toll from bush fires in southern Australia has reached at least 84, the worst in the country's history.
Thousands of firefighters, aided by the army, are battling several major fires, and the number of dead is expected to rise as fires are put out.
Arsonists responsible for lighting the fires could be charged with murder, police have said.
Entire towns have been destroyed in the fires, fanned by extremely high temperatures and unpredictable winds." - For rest of article go HERE
Coincidence? Conspiracy Theory? or could Islamists be responsible for these fires?
"We know we do have someone who is lighting fires in this community," Mr Warrington said."
"Clearly stunned by the steadily rising number of dead - with many more bodies to be found throughout Monday - Mr Rudd said: 'There are no words to describe it other than mass murder.' Firebugs are suspected of starting many of the blazes which have combined to create a 'perfect firestorm' that swept through the hills north and east of Melbourne, wiping out everything in its path."