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August 20, 2014 0

Americans Respond To ISIS Recruitment

Even as it fights on a num­ber of fronts in the Mid­dle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al Qaeda-inspired ter­ror­ist group that claims sov­er­eignty in sec­tions of Syria and Iraq, con­tin­ues to recruit west­ern­ers through its sophis­ti­cated online pro­pa­ganda cam­paign.al-hayat-ad-propaganda

Some Amer­i­cans are heed­ing the call.

In 2014, four of the five Amer­i­cans arrested in the U.S. for attempt­ing to join the con­flict in Syria and Iraq were accused of attempt­ing to join ISIS: Don­ald Ray Mor­gan of North Car­olina in August (arrested on weapons charges but believed to have been attempt­ing to join ISIS); Shan­non Mau­reen Con­ley of Col­orado in July; Michael Todd Wolfe of Texas in June; and Nicholas Teau­sant of Cal­i­for­nia in March. The fifth, Mohammed Has­san Ham­dan of Michi­gan, allegedly attempted to fight in Syria with Hezbol­lah.

Fur­ther­more, In June the FBI said it launched an inves­ti­ga­tion into 15 Somali Amer­i­cans from Min­nesota believed to have joined ISIS.

At least two other Amer­i­cans have appeared in videos released by ISIS and Jab­hat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affil­i­ate in Syria.A video released in August 2014 fea­tured an alleged Amer­i­can national called Abu Abdu­rah­man al-Trinidadi encour­ag­ing oth­ers to join ISIS. And in May, Moner Abu Salha of Florida was iden­ti­fied in a Jab­hat al-Nusra video as hav­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in a sui­cide attack.

U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cials esti­mate that over 100 Amer­i­can nation­als have trav­elled to join the con­flict in Syria, a con­flict that has since spread to Iraq.

The effect of ISIS’ increased strength and noto­ri­ety, as well as its advanced online recruit­ment strate­gies, appear to be hav­ing an effect. Of the seven known Amer­i­cans who either trav­eled to or attempted to travel to Syria to fight with mil­i­tants last year, only one was believed to have fought with ISIS; a video released online in Novem­ber 2013 fea­tured an appar­ent Amer­i­can called Abu Dujana al-Amriki, prais­ing ISIS.

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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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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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