In Advance Of New Year 2022, Pro-ISIS Media Group Threatens To Perpetrate Attacks Reminiscent Of 9/11, Repeats Call For "Lone Wolf" Assaults In West

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December 26, 2021

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On December 24, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Aoutlet released a poster threatening attacks similar to those perpetrated on 9/11. The media group also reposted a December 2020 English-language audio message and a document urging supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks in the West.[1] The outlet's release of these materials on December 24 coincided with the 2021 Christmas season and upcoming New Year.

The poster depicts an explosion in a skyscraper reminiscent of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, and shows a hooded figure lurking in the shadows. An English-language caption reads: "We Will Do It Again. 2022."

The outlet also reposted a ten-minute audio message and a three-page document containing the identical text titled, "O Brother of Tawheed [Monotheism] Wherever You Are," which were originally shared on December 13, 2020. The level of English in the document is poor and it appears to be a translation from Arabic, while the voice narrating the audio speaks English with a foreign accent. The audio and written messages were distributed together with Arabic and English messages which read, "O [lone] wolf, new year is at the door" and "2022."

Opening with quotes from the Quran and hadith that encourage jihad and urge Muslims to wage war on unbelievers, the message addresses "lone wolves" and "hungry lions," urging them to: "Answer your Lord's call" and asking them: "O brother of Tawheed wherever you are, what are you waiting for when unbelievers have forbidden you the Dawah [preaching] and prevented you from immigrating […] They arrest your brothers every day and kill. […] Did you love the world and hated death? Arise and revolt, for the [monotheist] is an army on his own."

Addressing ISIS supporters in the U.S., France, Belgium, Russia, and other countries who have pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi, the message declares: "Your state is subject to a crusade, O muwahideen [monotheists], wherever you are. What are you doing to support your brothers?"

The message urges supporters to "strike the soldiers of the infidels, their camps, their police, […] and their Agents." It also advocates targeting non-Muslim civilians living in countries which are members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS: "If you are able to kill an American or European infidel, especially the hateful French, or Australian, Canadian, Russian, Belgian, or other crusader infidel the sponsors of countries that have allied together against the Islamic state, so trust in Allah and kill him by any means […] do not consult anyone and do not seek anyone's help." The message states explicitly: "Whether the infidel is civilian or military, it makes no difference," since a military uniform does not make a person a legitimate target but rather, a Muslim's blood is sacred while a non-Muslim's "blood is as that of a dog."

Claiming that anti-ISIS forces do not distinguish between militants and civilians in their airstrikes and that 1,500 Muslims, most of them women and children, were killed in coalition airstrikes targeting the last ISIS stronghold of Baghouz in eastern Syria, the outlet asks: "Do you let the American, French, and Belgian and any of their allies walk on the ground safe [while] their armies [pound with] planes over the Muslim countries? […] Do you let the unbeliever sleep comfortably in his house [while] their planes leave Muslims terrified with their [hovering] over their heads everywhere?"

Noting that "their festive days [are at] the doors," the pro-ISIS media group urges supporters to "let terror enter into the hearts of the crusaders" and "kill them like killing insects." The message advises: "If you [cannot carry out an attack using] bombing or bullets, then [smash] a head with a stone, or slit it with a knife, run it over with a car, throw it from a height, conceal their breath, or put poison for them. Do not hesitate. […]  And if You failed to do any of that, then burn his house, car, or business, or destroy his cultivation." The outlet tells supporters that if they refrain from targeting unbelievers while "your Muslim brothers are being killed by their [infidel] hands […] review your [commitment to] religion because you are in great danger," asserting that "Islam does not exist" without the concept of al-wala' wal-bara' [loyalty to fellow Muslims and enmity toward unbelievers].

The same outlet has released posters on several occasions since at least 2019 inciting supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks in Western countries.[2] The media group also released posters and articles celebrating the 9/11 attacks and asserting that ISIS, not Al-Qaeda, is the organization that most faithfully embodies Osama bin Laden's legacy.[3]

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