The Islamic State continues to couch all its exhortations to violence in Islamic terms. Western law enforcement and intelligence officials continue to ignore this or downplay its significance.
Lone jihadists are encouraged to pick “deadly and easier ways” of attacks in new tips circulated online among ISIS supporters, with an image depicting a woman walking on the Palais de Chaillot framed in crosshairs.
The crudely photoshopped image, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, also depicts three victims on the ground at the popular tourist spot as a terrorist sporting a black T-shirt and face mask wields a bloody knife.
“Lone wolves” are advised to “prepare a plan and study it correctly,” and “if the plan is prepared, trust in Allah.”
The first suggested method of attack is running over people with a heavy truck, like Nice in 2016, “if available.” Then comes “butchering and bayonet” and attacking “their gatherings.” That’s followed by “snatched [sic] them from their house one by one.”
France frequently figures into propaganda from ISIS and their online support network, as the November 2015 Paris attackers are lionized as key examples of a waging an assault on one’s home turf.
A recent call to arms from ISIS-backing media group Al-Abd Al-Faqir, issued after last week’s Melbourne attack, depicted the Eiffel Tower in flames with the “Just Terror” slogan that ISIS has long used in its publications to inspire lone jihad. A black-clad jihadist wearing a leather, zip-front vest stood before the scene, with the message, “Terrorize them in their lands. O Crusaders, we have prepared for you what never crossed your mind. For our goal is to horrify you and terrorize you and harm you.”
Muharir al-Ansar, another ISIS-supporting media group that creates and disseminates propaganda as well as incitement and recruitment materials on behalf of the group, in their own post-Melbourne imagery vowed “soon” painted on the side of a white cargo truck like that used in the Nice attack, with a masked jihadist popping out of the top.
“Soon, the vehicle attacks will be witnessed on your streets, by Allah’s permission,” read the text.
The same group circulated another poster declaring “Soon: the White House under fire: Just Terror.” The image showed a jihadist pointing a rifle outfitted with a scope through a defensive position in a broken wall, though it depicts the U.S. Capitol as the target instead of the White House….
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