The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began in late May, and the Islamic State is reportedly using the reflection period to call for attacks on “apostates.”
In an audio recording released Monday on the Islamic State’s Telegram channel, Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer, official spokesman for the Islamic State, has been attributed as the speaker on a message that includes a call for attacks in the United States, as well as other countries.
Through an encrypted messaging application, al-Muhajer reportedly says:
“O lions of Mosul, Raqqa, and Tal Afar, God bless those pure arms and bright faces, charge against the rejectionists and the apostates and fight them with the strength of one man.
“To the brethren of faith and belief in Europe, America, Russia, Australia, and others. Your brothers in your land have done well so take them as role models and do as they have done.”
“Rejectionist” is a derogatory term used to refer to Shi’ite Muslims, and an “apostate” is a person who renounces a religious belief.
The message is interpreted as a call for followers to commit terrorist attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines during Ramadan.
Although the voice on the recording could not be officially verified as belonging to al-Muhajer, the voice matches a previous audio message from the spokesman.
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