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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 12, 2014 0

ISIS Renews Twitter Campaign Threatening U.S.

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Image tweeted by Al Bat­tar Media

In response to U.S. engage­ment in Iraq, ISIS sup­port­ers have renewed threats on Twit­ter that Amer­i­cans and the U.S. are at risk of attack. Most of the threats are being posted with the hash­tag #AMessageFromISIStoUS.

Although many offi­cial ISIS media out­lets have been deleted from Twit­ter in recent days, the Al Bat­tar Media han­dle, one of ISIS’s offi­cial accounts, has been post­ing threats, with tweets such as “Would you like to taste the losses, pain, death and all what you tasted in Iraq again?” and “O West­ern­ers, your gov­ern­ments have lost their minds, and they will let you pay the cost of their stu­pid­ity, the Islamic State is too strong, so you must yield to it, not fight it!”

An unof­fi­cial pro-ISIS account that tweets infor­ma­tion from Al Bat­tar media has also tweeted such mes­sages as “Lis­ten: All your bases in the Ara­bian Gulf are our tar­gets, and you know what we’ll do with the employ­ees!” “Tar­get­ing Iraq means tar­get­ing Amer­ica and Amer­i­cans in (sic) all over the world!” and “NOW we’re warn­ing the Amer­i­cans NOW our words speak After Airstrikes: We’re cut­ting their heads Our weapons speak!” All were tweet­ed­with the hash­tag #AMessageFromISIStoUS.

The “Shamal­mala­hem Media” han­dle, ded­i­cated to releas­ing pro-ISIS news, has been pref­ac­ing all of its tweets (regard­less of sub­ject) with the mes­sage from ISIS hash­tag or the hash­tag #Calami­ty­Will­Be­fal­lUS. Its tweets include descrip­tions and video of ISIS fight­ers attack­ing Kur­dish and Iraqi forces, as well as video in which it claims ISIS snipers are “catch­ing the Amer­i­can sol­diers in Iraq.”

Shamal­mala­hem Media has also released an eigh­tand a half minute video addressed “to the peo­ple of the united states (sic) and a mes­sage espe­cially to the (sic) barack obama (sic)” call­ing for the U.S. to remem­ber the destruc­tion it encoun­tered in the sec­ond Iraq war, and to expect worse should troops be sent. The video has since been removed from YouTube  as a vio­la­tion of the company’s policies.

As is typ­i­cal for ISIS social media cam­paigns, mul­ti­ple ISIS sup­port­ers are also tweet­ing var­i­ous threats with the same hash­tags. A num­ber of the sup­port­ers have specif­i­cally directed the threat against New York City, post­ing images of Times Square and of the falling Twin Tow­ers along with the mes­sage “The head of ISIS Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said: Our appoint­ment in New York.”

This cam­paign is the sec­ond time that ISIS orga­nized a Twit­ter cam­paign threat­en­ing the U.S. The first was in June when the group encour­aged fol­low­ers to tweet using the hash­tag #Calami­ty­Will­Be­fal­lUS, to warn the U.S. against engage­ment in Iraq.  That hash­tag has occa­sion­ally been used in the cur­rent cam­paign as well.

ISIS has become well known for its sophis­ti­cated use of social media even as it is increas­ingly blocked by social media sites.

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August 5, 2014 1

New ISIS Video Recruits Westerners

Fol­low­ing reports that between 70 and 100 Amer­i­cans have trav­elled to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a new video released by ISIS’s Al-Hayat media wing has allegedly fea­tured an Amer­i­can call­ing for oth­ers to join.isis-terrorist-targets-video

The video, “Eid Greet­ings from the land of Khi­lafah,” was released on August 2 and fea­tures video of chil­dren prais­ing the organization’s gov­er­nance inter­spersed with video of fight­ers from around the world. The alleged Amer­i­can is a man called Abu Abdu­rah­man al-Trinidadi who is appar­ently of Trinida­dian ori­gin. Other mil­i­tants fea­tured  allegedly came from Great Britain, Fin­land, Tunisia, Indone­sia, Bel­gium, Morocco and South Africa. All praise ISIS and encour­age Mus­lims from around the world to join the orga­ni­za­tion and to estab­lish them­selves in the ter­ri­tory it holds.

For more back­ground on ISIS’s media savvy and recruit­ment of for­eign fight­ers, see ADL’s report “Hash­tag Ter­ror: How ISIS Manip­u­lates Social Media.”

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