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June 3, 2014 0

New Terrorist Video Rails Against Jews

The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion in Syria and Iraq pre­vi­ously asso­ci­ated with Al Qaeda, released two videos and a mag­a­zine in the last sev­eral days aimed at recruit­ing ter­ror­ists. These media, which were first made avail­able via Twit­ter, are the lat­est exam­ples of a fast-growing trenRabbis are humiliatedd involv­ing ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda online that is aimed at west­ern­ers.

One of the videos, titled “Ya Junud Al-Haqq Hayya,” which trans­lates as “Sol­diers of the just cause, let’s go!” is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy for its use of threats against Jews and Chris­tians to rally the troops.

Against a back­drop of pic­tures of ISIS mil­i­tants, the video fea­tures an Ara­bic song while the Eng­lish trans­la­tion splashes in red against the images. After a call to “rally all the troops,” the first verse con­cludes with the line, “Wher­ever our war goes, Jew­ish rab­bis are humil­i­ated.” Fol­low­ing a cho­rus, the sec­ond verse then begins, “Break the crosses and destroy the lin­eage of the grand­sons of mon­keys,” prob­a­ble ref­er­ences to Chris­tians and Jews.

The video comes at the same time as French offi­cials claim that Mehdi Nem­mouche, the alleged per­pe­tra­tor of a shoot­ing at the Jew­ish museum in Brus­sels that killed three peo­ple, may have fought with ISIS while in Syria last year.

The other video released fea­tures an ISIS mem­ber who is appar­ently a Euro­pean recruit singing in Ger­man about vic­tory for ISIS and the impo­si­tion of Islamic law on an Islamic state. It claims to be the first of a series of short videos aimed at West­ern­ers called “Mujatweets.”

Anti-Semitism is often used by ter­ror­ists groups in their pro­pa­ganda to appeal to and rad­i­cal­ize fol­low­ers. For exam­ple, Inspire mag­a­zine, the Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine released by Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, is filled with either direct threats against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions or dia­tribes against Jews and Israel.

The mag­a­zine released by ISIS is in Eng­lish and is designed as a news mag­a­zine, fea­tur­ing images of recent ISIS accom­plish­ments in Syria along with cap­tions and brief descrip­tions. All three releases high­light ISIS’s con­tin­ued attempts to attract and recruit West­ern­ers and demon­strate the inte­gra­tion of West­ern recruits in their orga­ni­za­tion, while simul­ta­ne­ously high­light­ing the organization’s strength.

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May 28, 2014 0

Reports Of American Suicide Bomber In Syria

Update — 5/29/2014: U.S. offi­cials have con­firmed that the sui­cide bomb­ing was con­ducted by an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen who grew up in Florida.

News that an Amer­i­can may have been one of four sui­cide bombers involved in an attack in Syria on May 25 con­ducted by Jab­hat al-Nusra (JN), Al Qaeda in Syria, has been cir­cu­lated by var­i­ous extrem­ists on social media over the past two days.syria-abu-hurayra-al-amriki-suicide-bomber

If accu­rate, the attack fur­ther indi­cates the inte­gra­tion of for­eign fight­ers, and specif­i­cally West­ern­ers, with ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions in Syria.

Abu Hurayra Al Amriki would be at least the fourth Amer­i­can rumored to have been killed while fight­ing in Syria, join­ing Nicole Mans­field, Amiir Farouk Ibrahim and a man iden­ti­fied as Abu Dujana al Amriki. An appar­ent image of Abu Hurayra Al Amriki hold­ing a cat and jux­ta­posed to images of the bomb­ing was shared by sev­eral JN sup­ports on Twitter.

He would also be at least the fourth known Amer­i­can to have suc­cess­fully under­taken a sui­cide bomb­ing on behalf of an Al Qaeda linked ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion. The other three, Shirwa Ahmed, Farah Mohamad Beledi and  Abis­dalan Hus­sein Ali, were among a wave of Amer­i­cans who joined Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda in Soma­lia, pri­mar­ily between 2007 and 2012.

The U.S. State Department’s “Think Again, Turn Away” account on Twit­ter, which aims to counter ter­ror­ist sen­ti­ments online, Tweeted: “another life wasted by #alqaeda’s cult of death. Thanks to them #Assad remains in power while Syr­i­ans suf­fer.” U.S. offi­cials, how­ever, have not con­firmed whether or not an Amer­i­can was actu­ally involved in the attack.

Two other Amer­i­cans, Nicholas Teau­sant and U.S. legal per­ma­nent res­i­dent Mohamad Has­san Ham­dan, are known to have attempted to travel to Syria to fight along­side ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions this year. There were sev­eral other Amer­i­cans pub­li­cally iden­ti­fied who joined or attempted to join the con­flict in 2013.

Con­cerns over Amer­i­cans fight­ing in Syria have been increas­ing since the start of the con­flict, with “dozens” believed to have trav­elled there thus far accord­ing to U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cials. Last week, the Jus­tice Depart­ment appointed a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to inves­ti­gate indi­vid­u­als trav­el­ling to Syria, and they have long been the sub­ject of high lev­els of scrutiny by law enforcement.

Although casu­alty counts were unavail­able as of this writ­ing, the sui­cide attack report­edly killed or wounded “dozens” of Syr­ian troops. The attack had been directed at Syr­ian army posi­tions in the Idlib province of Syria.

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May 13, 2014 0

Al Shabaab English Video Includes Calls For “Lone Wolf” Attacks

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Image from the con­clu­sion of Al-Shabaab’s new video

A new English-language video issued by Al Shabaab, the Somali Al Qaeda affil­i­ate, calls on Mus­lims liv­ing abroad to either under­take “a lone wolf mis­sion” in their home coun­tries or to travel abroad to join for­eign ter­ror­ist organizations.

Al Shabaab has long been active in recruit­ing West­ern­ers, and par­tic­u­larly Amer­i­cans, to its cause. Between 2007 and 2012, over 60 U.S. cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents attempted to aid or join the ter­ror­ist organization.

The video comes in the midst of an upsurge in sophis­ti­cated English-language pro­pa­ganda dis­sem­i­nated by ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions over the inter­net that is aimed at encour­ag­ing Amer­i­cans and other West­ern­ers to under­take vio­lent actions.

Other Al Qaeda groups, such as Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, have long advised their ide­o­log­i­cal adher­ents to under­take lone wolf attacks and domes­tic rad­i­cal­iza­tion rather than travel abroad.

How­ever, Al Shabaab had pre­vi­ously been more focused on strength­en­ing its orga­ni­za­tion in Soma­lia. By pre­sent­ing Mus­lims abroad with a choice between mate­r­ial sup­port and lone wolf action rather than only call­ing on them to travel to Soma­lia, though, this video may mark a shift in Al Shabaab’s strategy.

The video is the fifth in a series called “Mujahideen Moments” but is the first to be pre­sented exclu­sively in English.

In addi­tion to its call for vio­lent activ­ity, it also ref­er­ences Al Shabaab’s 2013 attack on the West­gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, as a pos­i­tive exam­ple for those con­tem­plat­ing ter­ror­ism abroad.

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