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A Message to France and to My Brothers
ISIS Fighter: "Now, my brother, let us be honest with one another. Let me tell you the truth: There aren't many of us here, but there are enough of us for the infidels. Allah be praised, we are facing the beast. We are breaking its teeth, and we hope to chop off its head. But you are in the belly of the beast, my brother. So if you want Islam to be victorious, why would you want to come out of the beast and face its fangs, when you could tear out its heart and its liver? That is what I am asking you. Sheikh Adnani gave you a very clear (message). He said 'If they close the door on your hijra, open the doors of Jihad on them, and make them regret it.'"
On July 20, 2016, the Ninawa province of the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video featuring two French-speaking ISIS fighters who praise last week's attack in Nice and threaten further ISIS retaliation in more French cities.
On June 21, 2016, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a special issue of its English-language Magazine Inspire praising the July 14 attack in Nice, France and offering suggestions to lone wolves to make future attacks deadlier and more destructive. This is the second special issue AQAP has issued after attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS). The first was released on June 23, 2016 and was dedicated to the June 12, 2016 shooting in Orlando, Florida.
On July 17, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS), through its media branch Furat, released the five-page will and testimony of Khalid El Bakraoui, aka Abu Walid Al-Beljiki, who carried out the March 22, 2016 suicide bombing at the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels as part of simultaneous ISIS attacks in Belgium.
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On July 17, 2016, the Al-Sumud Foundation media group published a qasida (a type of Arabic poem) titled "Security in Paris has Become Meaningless."
A pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi fighter in Syria, posted a Facebook status announcing that his media group was raising funds to finance an educational program in a new Muslim school. In his post, he included a contact on Telegram for further inquiries.
On July 18, 2016, Al-Qaeda issued a letter condemning Pakistan's continued imprisonment of several Muslim women and their families, specifying three widows of Al-Qaeda figures.
An Australian national, who since May 19, 2016 has been a U.S. Treasury Department specially designated global terrorist, is a leading Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) cleric and a member of the organization's shura council.
On July 17, 2016, the official website for senior Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr, Jawabna.com, published a query by one of his followers, who asked for a comment on U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's statement that the U.S. would send an additional 560 troops to Iraq to assist in recapturing the city of Mosul.
On July 18, 2016, Twitter accounts affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) posted a statement issued by the group claiming responsibility for two suicide attacks targeting government soldiers at two checkpoints in the city of Mukalla.
On July 19, 2016, a pro-Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Telegram channel titled "Inspire the Believers!" posted a list of 17 suggestions for lone wolf attacks during the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The post included an English-language schedule of events for the Olympic Games as well. The Telegram post encourages lone wolves by claiming that travel to Brazil is relatively cheap and easy: "Lone wolf [sic.] from anywhere in the world can move to Brazil now. Visas and tickets and travel to Brazil will be very easy to get inshaAllah." Suggestions for attacks include attaching small explosives to toy drones, perpetrating a knife attack against Americans and Israelis, and entering bars and pubs in the area to attack, kidnap, or rob drunk patrons.
A Swedish ISIS fighter is active on numerous social media platforms. In the past he used Twitter to post messages and photos, but appears to have wearied of having his account repeatedly suspended.
On February 20, 2016, a Telegram channel called Islamic State Scientists & Engineers was created. Its administrator stressed that members of the group must have a BSc in a scientific or mathematical field such as chemistry, or aeronautics.
Since the Nice truck attack on July 15, 2016, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters have posted dozens of banners on various Telegram channels gloating over the French tragedy. The banners threaten that ISIS will continue striking France until it conquers the country, raises its flag over the Eiffel Tower and on the roofs of Paris' most notable landmarks. One banner mocks provocatively that up to now the French were frightened by the sight of a bearded Muslim or a person dressed in Muslim attire whereas henceforth they have been hallucinating about trucks, i.e. they have begun suspecting every truck due to the terror attack.
On July 16, 2016, Amaq, a media agency affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), reported that the attacker who used a truck to run over civilians celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing more than 80 people, was a "soldier of the Islamic State."
On July 19, 2016, the Islamic State's A'maq Agency published, via its official Telegram channel, a claim of responsibility for the ax attack on the train in Wurzburg, Germany.
On July 19, 2016, the ISIS news agency A'maq released a video featuring a message by the perpetrator of the train attack in Wurzburg, Germany on July 18. ISIS claimed responsivity for the attack, which was carried out by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee. The video identifies the attacker as Muhammad Riyad, who notes how he planned to attack the "unbelievers" while living on German soil, and vows to perpetrate an attack greater in magnitude than that in France.
In its 39th issue, published July 19, 2016, Al-Naba', a weekly newspaper affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), published a lengthy article documenting the story of Omar Al-Shishani, a senior military commander who was recently killed in Iraq.
On July 20, 2016, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) released a kill list directed at lone wolves, via its Telegram channel; the list included the names of 2,461 NYC residents.
On July 15 and July 18, 2016 MEMRI published a two-part report on the French media operation "Ansar At-Tawhid" (AT). Active on multiple online platforms including Telegram, Facebook and Twitter, AT spreads the ideology of the Islamic State (ISIS) and provides logistical and financial support to ISIS supporters wanting to join the organization or carry out attacks in its name.
On July 16 and 17, 2016 the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) released multiple kill lists of what it said were government employees based in Chicago, Rhode Island, Michigan, and Massachusetts, including personal details. The group also published Google Earth images of U.S. and Russian military bases and airports.
On July 20, 2016, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) posted a list with the alleged names and personal details of over 2,000 officers and soldiers serving in U.S. military bases on its Telegram channel. The image attached to the post reads, "Officers and soldiers serving in the US military bases. We want them #dead. #Revenge for Muslims."
On July 19, 2016 the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) released a kill list on its Telegram channel containing what it said was personal details of 289 members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Most of the personnel listed are from Oklahoma; however, there are dozens of names of a handful of other states. The message accompanying the information stated: "Wanted to kill. KILL THEM ALL. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. #HACKED."
On July 19, 2016, a number of pro-Islamic State (ISIS) channels on Telegram announced the launch of a new domain for ISIS's Al-Bayan radio. The new website is identical to previous Al-Bayan websites, delivering live broadcasts of ISIS content to user devices, as well as providing links to download Al-Bayan's mobile app.
On July 14, 2016, the ISIS-affiliated news agency A'maq announced that ISIS had shot down a Syrian MiG aircraft in the Deir Al-Zour area and distributed a video showing the flaming wreckage of the jet as well as the pilot's body.
According to the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat, Tunisians have become increasingly worried with the large number of fighters returning from jihad fronts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, amid fears that they might establish terrorist cells inside the country and carry out attacks there as well.