Islamic State Calls For Faithful To Kill Children In America

From News-Week:
A group affiliated with the Islamic State is calling on lone wolves in America and Europe to attack Western children in retaliation for the death of Muslim children during airstrikes in Syria, according to an intelligence group.

The message was posted in a pro-ISIS Telegram channel on Monday and spread across a variety of pro-ISIS chat groups.

“I wish that I could travel to Europe or America or Australia and, by Allah, burn their children with oil in place of their men and women,” read the message, which referenced the death of Muslim families in Albu Kamal in Eastern Syria.

“I would not choose a market, club, shopping center, or park... no... no... no... I would choose a kindergarten and a maternity hospital to slaughter them.”

U.S.-led and Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed many civilians over recent months, and experts say the threats against Western children are meant to call attention to these deaths.

“Islamic law has a lot of prohibitions against the killing of children, so this is designed to shock. By calling for the deaths of children in the West, they’re not only trying to inspire attacks in the West—they’re also trying to draw attention to how shocking it is that Muslim children have been killed, and no one was able to protect them,” Chris Meserole, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, told Newsweek.

“Sadly, it’s a way for them to further position themselves as the defenders of Islam.”

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