The humour of them savages… They’re running scared now.
Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Trump does ‘not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islam’. We wish! If that would be true, it would be the first president in history with a true grasp on Islam.
ISIS commander declares Donald Trump ‘a complete maniac whose utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier’
- ISIS commander Abu Omar Khorasani branded Donald Trump a ‘maniac’
- He said president-elect’s hatred of Muslims would aid terror group’s cause
- Jihadists plan to use Trump as a propaganda tool to rally new fighters
- They will be targeting disaffected youths in the West following election
A top ISIS commander has branded Donald Trump ‘a complete maniac’ whose hatred towards Muslims will aid their cause.
Abu Omar Khorasani, who heads up the terror group in Afghanistan, said Trump’s shock election victory would be used to recruit disaffected youths in the West.
Jihadists plan to use Trump as a propaganda tool to rally thousands of new fighters and inspire terror attacks across the world.
‘This guy is a complete maniac,’ Khorasani told Reuters.
‘His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.’
At one point during his campaign, Trump called for a ‘total and complete’ ban on Muslims entering the US.
The president-elect later backtracked and said he would temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have ‘a history of exporting terrorism.’
Khorasani described President Barack Obama as a moderate infidel with at least a little brain in comparison to Trump.
He added: ‘Our leaders were closely following the US election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so.’
Trump has already featured in one video released by ISIS to claim responsibility for the Brussels attacks.
It showed an image of Trump going up in flames as he repeated his declaration that Brussels was a ‘horror show’.
Trump talked tough against militant groups on the campaign trail, promising to defeat ‘radical Islamic terrorism just as we won the Cold War.’
But he has offered few details on his plans to combat various radical groups, including IS, the Taliban and al Qaeda, which represent a wide spectrum of political views.
‘He does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks (the fact) that his extremism will generate extremism in return,’ Iraq’s powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement.
Sadr’s political reform movement, which commands thousands of followers, is a staunch opponent of the radical Sunni movements IS and al Qaeda, and unlike them has not waged or promoted attacks in the West.
The US has seen a handful of attacks inspired by Islamist militant groups, including the June massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub by a gunman who called a TV station swearing allegiance to ISIS.
Officials have warned the country will likely face a higher risk of similar attacks as IS urges supporters to launch attacks at home instead of joining its fight in the Middle East.
Al Qaeda, which has proven resilient more than 15 years after launching the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, has yet to comment on Trump’s victory.
The militant group will likely respond after Trump’s first speeches as president, anticipating they will be able to exploit his comments to win support, said Hisham al Hashemi, who advises the Iraqi government on Sunni jihadist movements.
‘Al Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials,’ he told Reuters.
Trump’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the statements from the militants.
Even if Trump tones down his anti-Muslim comments when he takes office in January, analysts say his statements during the campaign trail were enough to fuel the militants’ propaganda machine.
‘Militants will still use those quotes,’ said Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.
‘The key thing militant groups, particularly Islamic State and al Qaeda, depend on for recruitment purposes is convincing Muslims in the Western world that the West hates them and won’t ever accept them as part of their society.’
A senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan said the group, whose resurgence is undermining efforts to end America’s longest war, had kept track of all of Trump’s speeches and anti-Muslim comments.
‘If he does what he warned in his election campaign, I am sure it will provoke Muslim Ummah (community) across the world and jihadi organisations can exploit it,’ said the militant leader, who declined to be identified because of strict Taliban policy that only its official spokesman can make statements.
Shortly after Trump’s victory, several jihadist sympathisers took to social media to declare this as an opportunity for their cause.
‘The dog Trump’s victory in the U.S. elections is a gold mine for Muslims not a setback if they know how to use it,’ tweeted @alhlm200, who regularly posts statements in support of Islamic State.