ISIS has released chilling online propaganda encouraging its supporters to perpetrate attacks at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, which begins June 14 in Moscow.
The latest poster issued by ISIS depicts a large knife cutting through the tournament logo, with a red background that features a soccer stadium in Russia. The caption on the poster reads, “Kill them all,” in French.
According to SITE Intelligence, which monitors terror activity, the poster was released by a French group linked to ISIS, and was the latest in a series of threats made by the group against the 2018 World Cup.
ISIS released a poster in April warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would “pay the price for killing Muslims.” The poster features a jihadist holding an AK-47 emerging from an explosion, with a packed soccer stadium in the background.
President Putin is depicted on the poster with a black and orange target imposed over his image.
The poster reads, “Russia 2018. Putin you disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims.”
According to the Daily Mail, “The threat is likely to be linked to Putin’s support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in his government’s fight against ISIS – a battle also fought by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and other rebel factions in Syria.”
In March, ISIS propaganda targeted Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi in a poster that depicted him with a jihadist, and wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to those worn by victims in ISIS execution videos. Messi is shown kneeling on the grass of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium – the venue for the World Cup final.
Previous posters have featured an ISIS fighter carrying a rifle and a bomb bearing the ISIS flag, poised in front of a soccer arena. The 2018 World Cup logo was also depicted on the poster.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be contended across 11 cities in Russia from June 14 to July 15, with the final scheduled to be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.