Friday morning, people from around the world united on the Twitter social media platform to pledge allegiance to Sunni Islamic terror group ISIS. Using the hashtag #AllEyesOnISIS, the jihadis promoted their brand, and hoped to find new recruits worldwide.
Unfortunately for the civilized world, the Twitter campaign was a huge success, as ISIS found support from fellow Muslims across the globe. From Rome to South Africa, Switzerland to Denmark, Gaza to Saudi Arabia, Kenya to Nepal, the radicals apparently have admirers everywhere.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) also released a thirteen-minute video on YouTube titled, “There is no Life of Jihad,” in which English-speaking terrorists originating from Australia and the UK espoused their ideology.
The first English speaker, from Britain, calls himself “Brother Abu Muthanna al Yemeni.” He told fellow Muslims:
Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you’ve got? The big car you’ve got? The family you have? Are you willing to sacrifice this for the sake of Allah? Definitely, if you sacrifice for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this. The cure for depression is Jihad… Feel the honor we are feeling, feel the happiness we are feeling.
Yemeni spoke about the purpose of ISIS: to implement the Sunni Caliphate throughout Iraq and the Levant region. Yemeni claimed the ISIS militants were able to enter into Jordan and Lebanon without issue. He also pledged that ISIS would reconquer “Muslim” lands Israel and Spain. The second speaker, also from Britain, brought to light similar sentiments.
The third and fourth fellow jihadis spoke with an Australian accent. To round out the bunch, the fifth ISIS “brother” spoke with a British accent.
The video was professionally created by ISIS’s own “Al Hayat Media Center.” A terrorism expert told the UK’s Independent, “Videos like this are but one facet of an all-encompassing strategy aimed at encouraging recruitment of foreign fighters. ISIS has proved remarkably adept at managing a slick — sometimes decentralised — media operation, which always stays loyal to the group’s central objective, which is to remain and expand.”