Following reports that between 70 and 100 Americans have travelled to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a new video released by ISIS’s Al-Hayat media wing has allegedly featured an American calling for others to join.
The video, “Eid Greetings from the land of Khilafah,” was released on August 2 and features video of children praising the organization’s governance interspersed with video of fighters from around the world. The alleged American is a man called Abu Abdurahman al-Trinidadi who is apparently of Trinidadian origin. Other militants featured allegedly came from Great Britain, Finland, Tunisia, Indonesia, Belgium, Morocco and South Africa. All praise ISIS and encourage Muslims from around the world to join the organization and to establish themselves in the territory it holds.
For more background on ISIS’s media savvy and recruitment of foreign fighters, see ADL’s report “Hashtag Terror: How ISIS Manipulates Social Media.”