TN fires coincide with fires set by terrorists overseas, officials confirm fires were “human-caused”


Last week, Police in Israel detained 23 people on suspicion of arson in connection with wildfires that swept across the country.

Firefighters have dealt with more than 250 large fires since last weekend, according to Yoram Levi, spokesman for Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the fires, “a crime for all intents and purposes and in our opinion it is terror for all intents and purposes.”

Many in the United States believe the fires that have swept across Great Smoky Mountains, sending more than 14,000 fleeing from the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge may have been caused by terrorists as well.

While there is no evidence to support this theory, terrorists have published material in the past to encourage this type of arson in the United States.

Qaeda’s English-language magazine, “Inspire,”  published an article titled, “It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,” which gives detailed instructions on how to ignite an “ember bomb” in a U.S. forest, according to an ABC news report in 2012.

This year, there has been 1,238 wildfires in Tennessee, with 50 percent of them suspected arson, according to local Tennessee Fox affiliate. Of these arson crimes, none of been been linked to foreign terrorism but to “homegrown” criminals.

A Forbes contributor claims that there are reasons to connect wildfires in Europe and the western United States to international arsonists, in an article published in 2013.

“Since wildfires occur naturally, through careless accidents, and due to isolated incidents of malicious arson, hard evidence of any connection between a particular event and a terrorist agenda is challenging to prove,” he said.

Officials in Tennessee are currently investigating the wildfires that have claimed at least three lives so far.

The fire that sparked the dozen other blazes was “human-caused,” National Park Service spokeswoman Dana Soehn said, without elaborating.

The hashtags “FireJihad” and #ForestJihad have been increasingly used by users on Twitter to draw a terrorist connection to fires around the world.

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