Thursday, November 17, 2016

Donald Trump Will Make ISIS Great Again

It is no secret that jihadists have, in the past, used Donald Trump's divisive and bigoted rhetoric in their terrorist recruitment videos. Now, fresh off of Trump's presidential victory, everyone from Al Qaeda to ISIS are considering his win a propaganda windfall they can use to bring new fighters to their goal of carrying out attacks throughout the world.

Taliban commanders and Islamic State supporters say Trump's campaign attacks against Islam, including his call for a total ban of Muslims entering the United States, will play perfectly in their recruitment efforts

Trump's repeated use of the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism"mixed with incendiary campaign promises such as "I would bomb the shit out of them" and calls for killing the families of suspected terrorists is a goldmine for terrorist recruitment.

Iraq's powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who is a staunch opponent of the radical Sunni movements ISIS and al Qaeda and unlike them has not waged or promoted attacks in the West, said of Trump...

"He does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks (the fact) that his extremism will generate extremism in return,

Abu Omar Khorasani, a top ISIS commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters that Donald Trump and his surrogate's...

"utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands"

Khorasani, who described President Barack Obama as a moderate infidel with at least a little brain in comparison to Trump, added...

"Our leaders were closely following the U.S. election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so,"

Hisham al Hashemi, an advisor to the Iraqi government on Sunni jihadist movements, is on the record as saying that ISIS will likely respond after Trump's first speeches as president anticipating they will be able to exploit his comments to win support...

"Al Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials,"

A senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan, who declined to be identified because of strict Taliban policy that only its official spokesman can make statements, said the group had kept track of all of Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim comments....

"If he does what he warned in his election campaign, I am sure it will provoke Muslim Ummah (community) across the world and jihadi organizations can exploit it,"

Shortly after Trump's victory, several jihadist sympathizers took to social media to declare this as an opportunity for their cause.

@alhlm200, who regularly posts statements in support of Islamic State  tweeted...

"The dog Trump's victory in the U.S. elections is a gold mine for Muslims not a setback if they know how to use it"

And in Algeria, @salil_chohada, an Islamic State supporter whose name on the Twitter account is Mohamed Aljazairie, said...

"Congratulations to the Muslim nation over the infidel Trump's victory. His stupid statements alone serve us."

Even if Trump decided to tone down his anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies once he took office analysts say his statements during the campaign trail were enough to fuel the militants' propaganda machine.

Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre said...

"Militants will still use those quotes. The key thing militant groups, particularly Islamic State and al Qaeda, depend on for recruitment purposes is convincing Muslims in the Western world that the West hates them and won't ever accept them as part of their society."

In other words: What difference, at this point, would it make?'

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