2017-11-09 10:54:17 UTC
A pro-ISIS group that threatened "more bitter and greater" Manhattan attacks
after last week's deadly ramming on the West Side bike path urged more
attacks on the West today with a propaganda poster showing the Eiffel Tower
extending upward as a rifle.
Monday is the two-year anniversary of coordinated attacks on Paris in which
nine terrorists killed 130 people.
The Wafa' Media Foundation titled the PR poster "The Specter of Terrorism,"
stating in English, "You will pay very expensive price for your war on
The message adds: "We will take revenge for the blood of Muslims on your
land, we will kill the young before the older watch this."
Wafa' issued a justification for the bombing of British teens at a May
concert in Manchester, UK. As ISIS has placed a heavy focus on training
youths, they've also encouraged targeting them: the first issue of their
Rumiyah magazine justified killing civilians including "the young adults
(post-pubescent 'children') engaged in sports activities in the park."
The Wafa' posters are circulated largely on Telegram. One released last week
was labeled "Manhattan" with a backdrop of burning, crumbling skyscrapers
and a semi-truck -- significantly more truck than the flatbed pickup
Sayfullo Saipov rented from Home Depot -- and showed a masked, armed
jihadist standing before the scene. Whereas this jihadist wielded a rifle,
Saipov brandished a paintball gun and a pellet gun -- and had a stun gun in
his truck -- before he was shot in the abdomen by a real bullet from an NYPD
"O worshippers of the cross in USA," the poster stated. "Our lone wolves
will come to you from where you do not know and we will terrorize you
wherever you are and we will show you multitudes of terror and pain that you
showed to the Muslims, and what is coming is more bitter and greater."
In May 2016, Wafa' warned in a message to the citizens of Spain and all
Spanish-speaking countries that lone jihadists existing in those areas would
kill the "disbelievers" as "previously planned." In August 2016, the media
foundation said that jihadists had to step up their game to make attacks in
Spain worse than terrorist operations in France. Wafa' pressed jihadists to
kidnap or kill Spanish nationals.
After 15 people were killed and at least 130 injured in August when
terrorists belonging to a local cell plowed a rented van through crowds on
Las Ramblas, a long pedestrian mall in Barcelona, Wafa' issued a fresh
warning that jihad there "has not been fought and gone" and cells remain in
Barcelona and beyond. The message was addressed "from the Islamic Republic
of Spain to the Government of Spain."
An ISIS article on the Manhattan attack in their weekly al-Naba newsletter
last week referred to the U.S. as "the Islamic State of America."
Since mid-October, Wafa' has released several gory posters threatening the
World Cup, scheduled next summer in Russia. The images showed FC Barcelona
star Lionel Messi dead, French national team manager Didier Deschamps as an
orange-jumpsuit-clad prisoner of ISIS being held at gunpoint, and Brazilian
national team star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior about to be executed. "You
will not enjoy security until we live it in Muslim countries," one poster
Interpol secretary-general Jürgen Stock told reporters this week at a
security conference in Qatar, site of the 2022 World Cup, that a "spectrum
of threats" looms over these and other big sporting events and
"unfortunately, these threats are increasing."
"It's getting more international and it's getting more complex, and that
requires more than ever that law enforcement agencies cooperate," Stock
In early October, Wafa' called for lone wolf attacks in the style of the Las
Vegas mass shooting. They also lauded the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting
after Omar Mateen's attack.