Monday 23 April 2018

Al-Qaeda uses Trump's 'Muslim' clip in new recruitment film

Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Donald Trump. Photo: AP

Rob Crilly

Donald Trump, a Republican US presidential candidate, features in a new al-Qaeda recruitment video, which exploits racial tensions and seeks to persuade Muslims of America's on-going tradition of discrimination.

The 52-minute film, made by Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate, includes Mr Trump's call to ban all Muslims from entering the US in the wake of terrorist attacks.

It also features Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born militant leader killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

"Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan. And tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps," he says in archive footage.

His words are followed by a clip of Mr Trump addressing a rally last month, days after a husband and wife had shot dead 14 people in California, in an attack inspired by Isil.

"Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," Mr Trump said.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has previously described Mr Trump as "Isil's best recruiter".

Al-Shabaab killed at least 67 people at the Westfield shopping centre in Nairobi in 2013. Last April, it murdered 148 staff and students at Garissa University in Kenya.

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