Saturday 29 April 2017

Isil can mobilise its international following far better than any other terror organisation

The bloodstained belongings of a tourist are seen on the sand in the resort town of Sousse, Tunisia
The bloodstained belongings of a tourist are seen on the sand in the resort town of Sousse, Tunisia

Charlie Winter

Yesterday morning, Yassin Salhi, a 35-year-old resident of Saint-Priest in Lyon, attached a disembodied head to the gates of the factory which he visited as part of his work, before proceeding to set off a series of small bomb blasts, presumably intending to cause a much larger explosion.

Just minutes after these reports came in, supporters of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also known as Isil, who were already congratulating Salhi online for his exploits, began muttering about a bomb attack on the Shia Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait.

One hour later, Isil's internet supporters reached fever pitch, when it emerged that a hotel in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse was in the process of being assaulted by a jihadist gunman.

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