Islamic State Urges Western Sympathizers to Mount Attacks to Exhaust Enemies

Voice of America News reports: “The Islamic State militant group is increasing online efforts to encourage sympathizers in the West to mount attacks in their home countries. The incitements include online posts detailing ways to manufacture crude chemical weapons.

The group’s propagandists are not disguising the main aim of their leaders: to force Western powers to focus on their own security needs at the expense of pursuing the fight against IS in the terror group’s self-declared caliphate, which has shrunk enormously in recent months.

Followers are being urged to mount attacks that will exhaust the economies of their enemies in online propaganda monitored by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Washington-based organization.

In the latest issue of IS’s weekly online magazine, al-Naba, posted January 5, an article titled ‘A Monotheist Is an Army on His Own’ celebrates attacks already mounted in the ‘land of unbelief.’ Among the attacks highlighted are last June’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead and 53 wounded; the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France; and the Berlin Christmas market assault by a Tunisian who deliberately plowed a stolen truck into shoppers and revelers.

The terror so far inflicted has ‘drained’ the enemies’ resources needed to strengthen homeland security, ‘exhausted’ Western soldiers and police officers, and ‘humiliated’ their governments, which ‘failed’ to defend their countries, the magazine says…”

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