Following recent talk of possible U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), supporters of the group initiated a campaign on Twitter under the title "Warning the American people." The campaign is aimed at intimidating the U.S. so that it does not take military steps against ISIS. On June 25, 2014, an account known as Rabitat Al-Ansar (Union of Supporters) posted a notification that the campaign will be held on the upcoming Friday. Supporters are asked to tweet threatening messages against the U.S. using the hashtag #CalamityWillBefallUS, which is rapidly circulating among ISIS supporters online.
The pro-ISIS Al Battar Media group posted instructions for the campaign, which are as follows:
"1) Tweet in the offical hash tag for the campaign which is: #CalamityWillBefallUS
"2) You can tweet using English or Arabic. Tweeting in English is preferred.
"3) There will be many accounts tweeting in English which you will find on the union page (@ansaar999) under English Tweeters or you can copy paste their tweets.
"4) Photos of signs or designs with warnings to Americans should be used if available."
The hashtags #ISIS and #AllEyesOnISIS are also included in the tweet.
Following are several examples of tweets posted in the campaign:
@AboSaleh_IS has contributed a few tweets to this campaign. He posted a photo of the World Trade Center being attacked with the caption, "Any aggression on the #ISIS consequences will be disastrous for America and its people."
He tweeted, "If America attacks Iraq; every American embassy in the world will be exposed and attacked with car bombs."
Another tweet reads, "#US will pay for intervening in #Iraq with American blood. So ready yourselves!"
AboSaleh_IS tweeted: "#CalamitywillbefallUS Our convoys will destroy your fake civilization as soon as we step on your land!" A Photo of the ISIS flag being raised and a convoy of ISIS vehicles is attached to this message.
@AbuYazidMuawiya tweeted: "If you touch #Iraq with harm: then wait for a repeat of explosive day: 9/11!! #CalamitywillbefallUs #ISIS" An image of an exploding building next to an ISIS flag accompanies this message.
IslamicActivist tweeted: "USA HAS killed our unarmed people with intention. Than we have right to respond. #CalamityWillBefallUS"
@ansar2001 wrote: "US Gov. is like someone who's pretending to clean houses but destroying it instead! No more messing up on Muslim Land! #CalamityWillBefallUS"
@ansaar999 tweeted": "We swear that you won’t be safe in your countries whilst your aircraft kill our people in Iraq #CalamityWillBefallUS"
Al-Janabi wrote: "How many of the US veterans are suffering of psychological problems due to Bush wars? #CalamitywillbefallUS"
@gereesmith tweeted: "#USA People...if your army will attack #ISIS and #IRAQ we swear we will make 9/11 just a joke. #CalamityWillBefallUS"
@Ansaar999 also wrote: "We only want PEACE...in our own way..when we see the black flag flying over the whitehouse #calamitywillbefallus"
@Alwahsh1983 tweeted: "Brothers write in English so American dosgs[sic] understand what we mean."
@Bohamood4 tweeted a photo of cars stuck in traffic with an ominous message: "#CalamityWillBeFallUS Americans when will you ever learn? I think i405 looks so nice during rush our [hour] Hint hint."