Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade an ISIS Target?


In a recent publication, ISIS called on its supporters in the West to kill masses of people at public events, and included a photo of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in its propaganda magazine as “an excellent target.”

The Christian Post reported that ISIS published an article in its new English-language magazine, Rumiyah, that teaches jihadists who live outside of the caliphate in Iraq and Syria how to use a “multitude of weapons and techniques … to inflict misery and destruction upon the enemies of Allah” in “every hardheaded, obstinate kafir nation that wishes to engage in war on the Islamic State.”

The article, titled “Just Terror Tactics,” says that before planning lone-wolf attacks, it’s important to “define the objective.”

They stress, “One’s attack may be to harvest a large kill count. It may be aimed at disrupting the financial stability of a specific nation. It may simply be aimed at terrorizing the enemies of Allah and depriving them of a peaceful sleep,” the article states. “Accordingly, as the objective of the attack varies, the mujahid must choose a method that best suits the operation at hand.”

The article explains how vehicles are not viewed as dangerous because they are used daily as primary means of transportation. Few people comprehend the deadly capabilities of the motor vehicle.

Last July in Nice, France, terrorists used a 19-ton truck to drive into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 civilians and injuring 434 others.

The IS article states, “The method of such an attack is that a vehicle is plunged at a high speed into a large congregation of kuffar [non-believers], smashing their bodies with the vehicle’s strong outer frame, while advancing forward — crushing their heads, torsos, and limbs under the vehicle’s wheels and chassis — and leaving behind a trail of carnage.”

The article goes on to tell militants that the use of an automobile is one of the “safest and easiest weapons” that jihadis could use for “just terror” against non-believers.

IS further advises radicals to use load-bearing box trucks that are “large in size,” “reasonable fast in speed or rate of acceleration,” “heavy in weight,” and “double-wheeled” to give “victims less of a chance to escape being crushed by the vehicle’s tires.” Also, the article states that having a vehicle with an outer frame made with stronger materials creates more damage when plowed into large crowds.

The article goes so far as to warn jihadis not to use small cars, SUVs, and vehicles that don’t go faster than 55 miles per hour and trucks that are hard to maneuver.  The terror group teaches the jihadists that if they can’t afford to buy a truck, rent one or steal one.

The article has a section called “applicable targets,” where IS explains to the jihadis how to attack outdoor celebrations, streets with heavy pedestrian traffic, festivals, campaign rallies, parades and even outdoor markets.” They don’t mention the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade specifically but it does have a picture of the annual parade along with a caption stating that it’ “an excellent target.”

In the article, they give tips on how to prepare for such an attack, stating, “that it’s important for jihadis to assess the vehicle, make sure it has enough gas and survey the planned route.”

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