COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack at Ohio State University, calling the student who drove his car into pedestrians and then slashed 11 people with a butcher knife a “soldier” of the terrorist group.
Shortly before the attack, the student had warned on social media about what he called mistreatment of Muslims, NBC News reported. If the United States wants “Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace with ‘dawla in al sham,’” Mr. Artan was said to have written on a Facebook page that has since been taken down, referring to the Islamic State’s territory in Syria and Iraq.
In the same post, he wrote, “Every single Muslim who disapproves of my actions is a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal. I am warning you Oh America. In the name of Allah, the most merciful and the most gracious"
Mr. Obama has said repeatedly that terrorism is a perversion of Islam, pointed out that America has had its share of non-Muslim extremists, too. He believes, as do many of his top advisers, that portraying terrorism as a form of Islam only serves as a recruiting tool for the terrorists.
“If we respond to this situation by casting aspersions on millions of people that adhere to a particular religion, or if we increase our suspicion of people who practice a particular religion, we’re more likely to contribute to acts of violence than we are to prevent them.”
Lecturing to young Muslim fans in London, he told them they should “never, ever trust the kuffar” — non-Muslims. “Islam will rule the world,” he declared. “Kuffar will be stamped out, Islam or death!"