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Islamic State: Counter-terror agencies on high alert for 'Night of Power' during Ramadan
By Mark Saunokonoko
On the eve of Ramadan this year, Islamic State published a foreboding video urging its followers to engage in "all-out war" on civilians and "infidels" in the West during the Muslim holy month.
That sinister communique, titled "Where are the Lions of war", signalled Islamic State's continued intention to exploit the Muslim belief that good deeds are rewarded two-fold by Allah during Ramadan.
A significant day looming in the Ramadan calendar – known as the "Night of Power" – will have counter-terror agencies in Australia and across the West on the highest possible alert.
If destructive and bloody events in 2016 are an indicator, Islamic State will look to double down its campaign on Laylat al-Qadr, also known as Night of Power, set to fall on June 21 this year.
Laylat al-Qadr falls on the 27th day of each Ramadan month and holds special importance to many Muslims.
The Night of Power is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Mohammed in the 7th century, according to some Islamic scholars.
Laylat al-Qadr is seen as a good night for prayers to be made and answered. It is also an opportunity for carefully crafted Islamic State propaganda to shape terrorist attacks as a religious duty.
Last year, when the Night of Power fell on July 2, IS terrorists burst into a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a venue popular with foreigners.
They butchered 20 people with long knives.