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Is Something Worse Than 9-11 Planned?

By James Donahue

News reports are quoting military sources warning of additional radio and Internet "chatter" from known terrorist groups as the dread date of September 11 approaches. Also the new and dangerous terror group ISIS has not only launched a new and ugly offensive across Syria and Iraq, but the leader of the organization, which is evolving into the name "Islamic State," recently declared himself "caliph" or holy leader.

In his public rant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ordered all Muslims in the world to pay obeisance to him. He indicated that the ISIS objective is to eventually control the Middle East and then Rome. Is a take-over of the world on his mind?

With the U.S. Air Force now joining the Iraqi military in battling the ISIS forces, the swift advances of the Islamic State militants appears to have slowed if not been halted, at least for now. But something ominous may be in the works.

Remember the strange disappearance of Flight 370 on its way from Malaysia to Japan? The plane just made a strange turn over the Indian Ocean and then went off the radar. Some believe it ran out of fuel and crashed. Other theories suggest that it was kidnapped by unknown forces and flown to some secret airbase for nefarious reasons.

Now Bill Gertz, writing for the Washington Free Beacon, reports 11 additional commercial airliners have gone missing in Tripoli, Libya, which has been the scene of intense fighting between terrorist and government forces.

Gertz wrote that U.S. intelligence officials are worried that the planes could be weaponized and used in yet another major terrorist assault against the United States or some other nation.

USA Today picked up the Gertz report, and quoted Marie Hart, a spokeswoman for the State Department, as saying her office cannot confirm the reports about missing airlines in Libya. Hart’s report was repeated by Bernadette Meehan, speaking for the National Security Council.

A Washington Times story quoted Brian Fairchild, a former CIA case officer, as saying that some kind of attack on the anniversary of 9-11 would be beneficial to both the ISIS and al Qaeda forces, which are fighting each other for leadership. He noted that ISIS has "captured the imagination of young Muslims from around the world" so a military strike like 9-11 would be a significant blow against the United States, which is getting involved in the conflict.

The date also is the second anniversary of the Libyan terrorist attack on the U. S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack.