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Monday 20 November 2017

Islamic State threatens to repeat 9/11 in warning to America

The campaign is intended to remind the US of the power of ISIS to inspire 'lone wolf' attacks
The campaign is intended to remind the US of the power of ISIS to inspire 'lone wolf' attacks

Richard Spencer

Islamic State have begun a social media campaign that threatens to bring war to "American soil" by repeating 9/11.

The campaign, given the hashtag #WeWillBurnUSAgain, is accompanied by a video compilation showing some of ISIS' 'greatest hits', including the beheadings of the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

“America thinks it’s safe because of the geographical location,” the voiceover says.

“Thus you see it invades Muslim lands, and thinks that the army of jihad won’t reach in their lands."

“But the dream of Americans to have safety became a mirage.”

The hashtag campaign was launched on Saturday, and has been used more than 20,000 times according to Site - a terrorism and extremism monitoring group.

A common theme among the pro-ISIS accounts using the hashtag is the "vulnerability" of America to lone wolf and other attacks, the group said.

"In recent weeks, about 10 Americans were indicted for attempts to act on behalf of the Islamic State, and there are many with every passing day that the group operates on Twitter,” Rita Katz, Site’s director warned.

Site highlighted a tweet which read: “We are all Lone Wolves and we will fight you all as you fight against us”.

The campaign marks a change of strategy for Islamic State, as previous efforts had focused on Syria and Iraq and its war against Shia and other local enemies.

ISIS is currently losing ground in Iraq, where it lost Tikrit to government and Shia militia forces, and has also been pushed back in high-profile parts of Syria like Kobane, though it has also made advances elsewhere.

The video, as well as reprising the 9/11 attacks on America, also shows parts of the mass beheadings of captives in Syria, and discusses the role of Ahmed Coulibaly, the French attacker who shot four hostages in a French kosher supermarket in January.

Coulibaly, who was killed at the scene, claimed allegiance to Islamic State.

There is no mention of his friends the Kouachi brothers who were responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks at the same time - they claimed allegiance to al-Qaeda instead.   

The video also makes great play of recent computer hacking achievements of ISIS supporters, who briefly took over US Central Command social media accounts and managed to leak personal details of US servicemen.

Others showed pictures of wounded and disabled American soldiers from previous wars in the Middle East, and some offered crude portraits of President Barack Obama as the devil.

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