A new al-Qaeda recruitment video and monthly magazine feature a clip from Donald Trump along with statements from President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The new recruitment video by al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, was released on Twitter over the holidays and titled No Respite.
The al-Qaeda recruitment video encourages African-Americans to join in the holy crusade against the United States, claiming the country is a hotbed of racial inequality, police brutality, and anti-Muslim sentiment, according to the BBC.
— Mashable (@mashable) January 3, 2016
The video features the voice of Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda recruiter killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011, and civil rights era Malcolm X footage to describe America as a racist country.
“Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps. The West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”
The 51-minute documentary style video features American leaders al-Qaeda and its allies condemn as immoral and uses their actions as recruitment tools to encourage Muslims in the U.S. to move to the Middle East or attack the West at home.
Donald Trump’s comments calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the country are prominently featured prominently 10 minutes into the propaganda video.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 3, 2016
Trump’s anti-Muslim statements came after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, which claimed the lives of 14 people. He’s also called for surveillance of American mosques and the establishment of database to track all Muslims in the country.
Clinton and Trump have exchanged barbs over The Donald’s inflammatory comments, with Clinton calling the Republican frontrunner ISIS’s best recruiting tool. He responded by calling her a liar and demanding an apology.
The al-Qaeda recruitment film also includes video footage of police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore in an effort to frame the U.S. as a racist nation, according to CNN.
The video also features former President Bill Clinton, who the extremist group labels as a fornicator. The al-Qaeda affiliate attempts to recruit extremist followers based on their hatred of extramarital affairs and also highlights the rights granted to gays and lesbians in America.
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President Obama is featured in the video, also based on his role in the United States’ war against ISIS. The video alleges Obama has lied to the American public about the success of the war.
The front page of the al-Qaeda affiliate’s monthly magazine also features a picture of John Kerry standing in a line along with Saudi Arabian leaders.
The video’s creator, Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is trying to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government and implement harsh Sharia law.
Donald Trump responded to the al-Qaeda affiliate’s use of his image Sunday in an interview on Face The Nation, reports Politico.
“Radical Islam may be on a collision course with us.”
He referenced the New Year’s Eve terror threats leveled against European cities, the Paris terror attacks, and the San Bernardino mass shooting to say America and the West need to have a discussion to contain the terror threat. He brushed aside questions about whether his statements have helped fuel an al-Qaeda recruitment drive, according to Politico.
“They use other people, too. What am I going to do? I have to say what I have to say.”
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