November 27, 2014

ISIS Supporters on Twitter Call to Use Ferguson Protests as Cover for Lone-Wolf Attacks

By: Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief 11/25/2014 ( 9:58am)

A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) social media group has called upon ISIS supporters in the US to use the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere throughout the United States as a cover to carry out lone-wolf attacks, according to monitoring of social media by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

In particular, Al Nusra Al Maqdisiyya, a prominent group of pro-ISIS activists on social media, wrote on its Twitter account:  "O lone mujahid, you must use the breakdown of security in #Ferguson to increase the burning in America. They are squabbling over worldly [matters], so you send them to hell! #ISIS.”

Another jihadist-related tweet read: "O supporters of the Islamic State in America, what is happening in #Ferguson is a valuable opportunity that will not return. Rise up and engage them with themselves, away from the mujahideen. Spill their blood in the roads and in the neighborhoods."

“The group likewise urged ISIS supporters to distribute ISIS videos, especially ones in English, on the trending Twitter hashtags related to the events in Ferguson,” MEMRI reported, adding that, “ISIS members and pro-ISIS supporters online are also spreading inciting tweets in reaction to the protests” which broke out last night when a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown.

"MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor team which monitors all online jihadi activity 24-7 found that almost immediately after the verdict was read – ISIS supporters on social media, and in particular Twitter, began to chime in," MEMRI Executive Director Steven Stalinsky told Homeland Security Today. "It is worth noting that some of these accounts had previously been shut by Twitter yet they came back and continue to be used freely by ISIS and other terrorist groups. This shows how serious Twitter is in addressing this issue."

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Intelligence bulletins regarding these social media postings reputedly have began to be distributed to appropriate law enforcement authorities given the recent growing concerns over homegrown lone-wolf jihadists and potential small Islamist cells, especially formed by American jihadists who've returned from fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Similarly, Homeland Security Today learned from intelligence sources who spoke on condition of anonymity that human intelligence had indicated that professional radical groups like anarchist and similar groups had been preparing to stir up violence among the expected protests in Ferguson and elsewhere across the nation.
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