Links are spreading across social media that claim a late night raid on a mosque in Michigan resulted in the arrest of 11 ISIS terrorists and 40 suicide vests.
The links lead back to an article that claimed a joint task force night raid targeted a mosque in the small town of Dearborn in Michigan, netting 11 ISIS terrorists and 40 vests. While such links lead back to an array of websites, the article itself appears to be identical, and simply copied and pasted from one site to another. The article reads in part –
Late Night Raid On Michigan Mosque Nets 11 ISIS Terrorists and More Than 40 Vests
A mosque in a small town outside of Dearborn, Michigan has been raided by a joint task force from the FBI, Homeland Security and the ATF. According to preliminary reports from the scene, which is closed off for more than a mile, 11 “very dangerous men” who aren’t supposed to be in America at all have been apprehended plotting what would have been our next 9-11.
Agent Nesmith Variacles of the FBI explains:
“We found more than 40 suicide vests that would have killed anyone in a 300 foot radius. That’s basically a football field. These bombs were high-tech, plastic and non-detectable. They could have blown up 40 malls, sports venues, buildings…whatever they wanted. The good news is, they were a week out and we caught them.”
The mosque was actively recruiting American teenage Muslims to help carry out its plan to murder “as many as 100K infidels.” That number means either a mass attack spread across the country or a major sports venue going down with all 40 vests going off in tandem. The Department of Refugee Affairs seems to think it would have been the latter:
A little digging and the original article seems to have originated from the website ReaganWasRight.com. This is a fake news website, and the story above appears to have been entirely fabricated.
ReaganWasRight.com is part of the “Busta Troll” network of fake news websites, a network that became popular in 2017 and are operated by serial hoaxer Christopher Blair, who frequently pens articles under the pseudonym “Busta Troll”. Such websites typically aim to trick conservative readers, and all of the websites in the network contain a disclaimer in the footer that explains the articles are not meant to be taken seriously.
Websites in this network include potatriotpost.com, thelastlineofdefense.online, ladiesofliberty.net and nofakenews.online.
This network of fake news websites often quotes the town of Dearborn in Michigan; another fake article from the same network in 2017 claimed a Muslim mayor from Dearborn signed an order to remove all Christmas decorations.
There are other clues to the legitimacy of this article. For one, the “Department of Refugee Affairs” isn’t a real US entity.
What’s more, on the original site, ReaganWasRight.com, in the footer of the article there is a disclaimer that asserts the article has been awarded a “Satire” rating. However the story has since been copied onto other websites including usamirrornews.com and policetimes.info.
It’s a fake story and we don’t recommend spreading.