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August 20, 2014 0

ISIS Backs Up Threats Against U.S. With Beheading

Update – 9/3/2014: On Sep­tem­ber 2, 2014, an ISIS video was released show­ing the behead­ing of a sec­ond Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, Steven Sot­loff, again blam­ing U.S. pol­icy in Iraq. A third indi­vid­ual, this time a cit­i­zen of Great Britain, was threat­ened at the con­clu­sion of the video.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Al Qaeda inspired ter­ror­ist group, released an English-language video in which it depicts the behead­ing of a kid­napped Amer­i­can journalist.foley-beheading-terrorism-isis

ISIS is claim­ing that it mur­dered the jour­nal­ist, James Wright Foley, because of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The video closes with an image of another kid­napped jour­nal­ist kneel­ing next to what appears to be the same exe­cu­tioner, who states “The life of this Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

The video is titled “A Mes­sage to Amer­ica.” It marks a new approach by ISIS, mak­ing good on threats against Amer­i­cans that the group only began cir­cu­lat­ing sig­nif­i­cantly this June. Such strate­gies have been used exten­sively by the ter­ror­ist group to intim­i­date ene­mies and oppo­nents on the ground, but had not pre­vi­ously been employed against Westerners.

In the video, footage of Pres­i­dent Obama announc­ing the airstrike cam­paign is fol­lowed by a state­ment by Foley in which he asserts U.S. actions are the cause of his death. Foley’s masked exe­cu­tioner then deliv­ers an address in British-accented Eng­lish in which he depicts the U.S. as an aggres­sor against ISIS and the Mus­lims who accept ISIS as a state, and says that any mil­i­tary action against ISIS will lead to more “blood­shed” of Amer­i­cans. The exe­cu­tioner then beheads Foley. After­ward, the other kid­napped jour­nal­ist is shown next to the executioner.

The release may improve ISIS’s recruit­ment capac­ity. ISIS broke with Al Qaeda Cen­tral in Feb­ru­ary, and the orga­ni­za­tions com­pete for recruits, fol­low­ers and influ­ence. ISIS’s rep­u­ta­tion for vio­lent action sur­pass­ing Al Qaeda’s has already con­tributed to its recruit­ment efforts, and if this video is seen by extrem­ists as a suc­cess­ful blow to the U.S. it may lead more to join ISIS.

The video was announced on Twit­ter and on the social media site Dias­pora on August 19, and was linked from the Inter­net Archive web­site, an online “dig­i­tal library” that is some­times used by ter­ror­ist groups as a repos­i­tory for online media storage.

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August 19, 2014 0

New AQAP Magazine Calls For Lone-Wolf Attacks Against U.S. And U.K.

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Back cover of the AQAP pub­li­ca­tion, “Pales­tine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience”

Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP) issued a new English-language mag­a­zine on Twit­ter August 16. Titled “Pales­tine: Betrayal of the Guilty Con­science,” the pub­li­ca­tion uses the recent con­flict in Gaza as an excuse to renew the group’s call for lone-wolf attacks in the U.S. and the U.K.

AQAP has reg­u­larly issued such calls for lone-wolf attacks in the past, includ­ing just a few days ago when it urged fol­low­ers to attack the U.S. in retal­i­a­tion for mil­i­tary assis­tance in Iraq.

The mag­a­zine, which reuses con­tent from AQAP’s Inspire mag­a­zine, includes direc­tions for build­ing pres­sure cooker bombs and car bombs and sug­gests a new list of poten­tial tar­gets includ­ing Israeli, British and Amer­i­can owned com­pa­nies, tourist resorts fre­quented by Amer­i­can, British and Israeli cit­i­zens, Las Vegas casi­nos and night clubs, Geor­gia Mil­i­tary Col­lege, the US Air Force Acad­emy, Gen­eral Atom­ics head­quar­ters in San Diego, and Marks and Spencer stores in Britain.

For more infor­ma­tion about this pub­li­ca­tion, see the ADL analy­sis “AQAP Exploits Gaza Con­flict to Call for Lone-Wolf Attacks Against U.S.”

ADL has also writ­ten exten­sively about the  influ­ence posed by such online English-language pro­pa­ganda on would-be domes­tic extrem­ists and the ensu­ing threat it poses to domes­tic security.

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August 15, 2014 5

Iran Holds Gaza Exhibition, Cartoon And Caricature Contest

Iran’s House of Car­toon, a pro­fes­sional artist guild spon­sored by the munic­i­pal­ity of Tehran, announced the open­ing of an inter­na­tional car­toon con­test on the “Israeli war on Gaza,” which has drawn sub­mis­sions from artists around the world of car­toons and car­i­ca­tures with anti-Semitic and Holo­caust imagery.

The exhibit, called Inter­na­tional Gaza Car­toon Exhibit 2014, will run from August 12 to August 28 at the Pales­tine Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in the Iran­ian capital.The exhibit is also pro­mot­ing  and fea­tur­ing a car­toon and car­i­ca­ture com­pe­ti­tion, dubbed “From Adolf Netanyahu to Ben­jamin Hitler,” that will award cash prizes for the best depic­tion of Israel’s mil­i­tary offen­sive against Hamas tar­gets in Gaza. Accord­ing to Masoud Sho­jaei Tabatabaie, the direc­tor of the House of Car­toon, the com­pe­ti­tion has received sub­mis­sions from a num­ber of coun­tries, includ­ing Brazil, Cuba, Lebanon, Ger­many and Spain.

The House of Cartoon’s announce­ment said that the car­toon por­tion of the con­test will focus on four sub­jects: “Silence of Media and Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tions, Geno­cide and Killing Baby in Gaza [sic], Trea­son and Accom­pany of Arab League, Great Satan (USA).” In addi­tion, there will also be a car­i­ca­ture con­test with themes such as “Adolf Netanyahu!” and “Ben­jamin Hitler!” as well as car­i­ca­tures of world lead­ers Iran­ian lead­ers have accused of tak­ing Israel’s side in the Gaza con­flict, includ­ing King Abdul­lah of Saudi Ara­bia, Fran­cois Hol­lande of France, David Cameron of Britain, and Angela Merkel of Germany.

First prize for the best car­toon and car­i­ca­ture will be an award of $1,500, fol­lowed by $1,000 for sec­ond place, and $700 for third.

Among the car­toons sub­mit­ted and pub­lished on the House of Cartoon’s web­site are car­toons equat­ing Israelis to Nazis and Israel to Nazi Ger­many. Images invok­ing the clas­sic anti-Semitic canard of a blood libel, includ­ing depic­tions of Israel and Israelis as blood-sucking insects or ani­mals attack­ing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, are also preva­lent in the exhibit. Car­i­ca­tures fea­tured in the exhibit include images of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu wear­ing a swastika arm­band and images of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama aid­ing Israel in killing Palestinians.

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Sub­mis­sion from Bangladesh

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Sub­mis­sion from Iran

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Sub­mis­sion from Iran

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Sub­mis­sion from Brazil

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Sub­mis­sion from Turkey

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