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As US Military Bases Ramp Up Security, ISIS Obsess Over 5-Star Hotel

Military bases across the U.S. have stepped up security at domestic bases over fears of a local attack, but ISIS attention is elsewhere

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REUTERS
May 08, 2015 at 5:03 PM ET

Across the U.S. Friday military bases ratcheted up protection measures, following a directive from U.S. Northern Command to step up security at checkpoints and advise caution for all troops. While the military would not say what had prompted the sudden order, at least one official said there were growing concerns about “homegrown extremists.” ISIS recently claimed it had dozens of “soldiers” ready to launch attacks across 15 states.

But while news domestically centered on possible threats of attacks, those purported to be inspiring the activity were focused elsewhere. Many ISIS supporters spent much of their day discussing the five-star hotel the group acquired when it took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, and was now welcoming visitors.

The Nineweh International Hotel was renamed Hotel Waritheen, which means, “the heirs” in Arabic, and is hosting not only Islamic weddings, but also offering promotions for newlyweds to stay there free of charge.

The U.S. has stepped up vigilance following a shooting attack earlier this week in Garland, Texas, when two men opened fire at a community center holding a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest. The men, who declared allegiance to ISIS before heading to the center, were killed in the attack, both shot by a single officer. ISIS, while previously having no knowledge or control over the operation, claimed responsibility for it and the two men as members of the group. It also claimed it had readied 71 soldiers in 15 states to kill organizers of the Garland event and those who support them.

Translation: Photos from Nineweh Province in the Islamic State. Restoration and opening of the Hotel Waritheen in the city of Mosul.

Read More:

ISIS’ New Five-Star Hotel In Mosul (Vocativ)
Military Orders More Security At U.S. Bases Amid Local Terror Worries (NBC News)