As Global Coalition Ministerial Meeting Begins in Riyadh, Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram Outlet Call On Muslims In Saudi Arabia To Target Attendees In Lone Wolf Attacks

June 9, 2023

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On June 9, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel shared posts advocating lone wolf attacks against the attendees of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which began on June 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[1]

"[To] anyone intent to mobilize [for jihad] among the people of the land of the Two Holy Mosques [i.e., Saudi Arabia], here is a great door of jihad that has been opened for you, by targeting members of the Coalition and their helpers[.] So offer yourself to Allah – because what Allah has is better and more lasting."

The post further instructed Saudi jihadis to "Prepare your [explosive] belt, or load your weapon, prepare your bomb, draw your sword, or sharpen your knife and strike with your long-awaited blow."

'Media Operatives – Be Diligent, Incite'

In a second post, the channel told media operatives to increase their incitement, particularly addressing Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

"We urge supporters in Yemen and the land of the Two Holy Mosques – those who operate channels or groups, to incite the Muslims who live in Saudi Arabia and to explain the goals of the Crusader Coalition, the [Islamic] ruling regarding those who join it, cooperate with it, or approve of it. And to target anyone who supports the Crusader Coalition, whether with little [means] or a lot. Let them be diligent on all [social media] platforms, Allah Almighty will reward them."


[1] Telegram, June 9, 2023.

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