ISIS Launches New Bloody Threats Against West
Xeber24.net _ Asharq Al-Awsat
An ISIS-affiliated group threatened to launch new attacks in the West through a new poster celebrating the Orlando nightclub massacre.
The poster reminds of the June 2016 shooting rampage at the Pulse gay club that left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.
It depicts a masked, gun-wielding militant in combat gear, an explosive, terror attack headlines, and the bloody caption, “Soon in your homelands”.
Notably, ISIS-affiliated groups routinely publish propaganda online threatening attacks against everything, from London’s Oxford Street shopping district to Halloween events in the US.
The post threatening new attacks was shared online by SITE Intel Group, which monitors terrorist activity on the internet.
In a related matter, a picture was published last week threatening a new attack in Paris, and it depicted a drone carrying explosives and a gun-wielding attacker at the Eiffel Tower.
The caption warned: “Await for our surprises”.
Orlando assassin Omar Mateen, 29, pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call that he made during the attack, which at the time was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
He claimed that the death of ISIS leader Abu Waheeb, who was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq just weeks earlier, motivated him to carry out the massacre along with US military action in Iraq and Syria.
Mateen was shot dead when a SWAT team stormed the nightclub.
In the aftermath, investigators said Mateen may have been inspired by ISIS, but there was no evidence that he was instructed by or had been in contact with any terrorists.
ISIS has suffered heavy losses over 2017 as major offensives in Iraq and Syria pushed them out of their strongholds.
Last year, ISIS propaganda encouraged militants to attack Christmas markets in Europe, including those in the UK, France, and Germany.
One poster depicted a militant with a blood-stained knife stalking a Christmas market near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Another depicted a masked terrorist preparing to decapitate Father Christmas in what appeared to be London’s Regent Street.