The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is urging jihadists in the United States to attack the American homeland soon after the terrorist group’s leader allegedly admitted defeat in Iraq and directed his combatants there to “disguise and escape.”
ISIS’s recent call to jihad in the United States comes after the terrorist group ordered its supporters this week to attack Jewish communities, telling them to disguise themselves as Jews and assault Jewish targets, particularly in the U.K.
The Foreign Desk reports:
Days after posting a threat urging pro-ISIS attacks on Jewish targets in the West, jihadis are now pushing U.S.-based followers to launch attacks at home.
In a Telegram message posted Wednesday and observed by The Foreign Desk, the pro-ISIS LM (Lone Mujahid) group featured a photo message with the 19 September 11 hijackers and a caption stating, “The 19 LIONS OF ALLAH, They raided America on 9/11.”
Beneath the photo, ISIS posted a map of the United States, highlighting three attacks claimed by the jihadist group, including the December 2014 San Bernardino attack, the June 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre, and the September 2016 stabbing assault at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, club.
Moreover, the Foreign Desk notes that the Telegram post also features an infographic from the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency with a caption that states, “The competition has already began! So when will you take part in the race and leave your score on the leaderboard!”
This week, the ISIS Telegram channel urged jihadists in the West to attack Jews.
The post reads, “IF YOU’RE STILL IN THE WEST! Dress up like a Jew! Go to your nearest Jewish area! Make sure you have plenty of weapons under your coat! Then unleash the pain of the Muslims upon these A.P.E.S!!!”
The Islamic State has long been urging jihadists in the United States to attack, often as a “lone-wolves.”
No U.S. target is safe from their abhorrent plans, civilian venues in particular.
In September 2016, the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that ISIS was seeking to attack restaurants, theaters, churches, and sports arenas.
U.S authorities have foiled several attacks linked to ISIS and other jihadist groups. A recent monthly assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee revealed that the 2017 terrorism forecast for the United States and the rate at which Americans are being radicalized at home are “alarming.”
The House panel notes that there has been an “unprecedented spike in the homegrown terror threat, primarily driven by the rise of” the Islamic State.
Since 2014, at least 166 ISIS-linked plots or attacks against Western targets, including 36 in the United States, have occurred.