Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a chilling call to arms on Boxing Day.
BREAKING: ISIS media channels post new audio message from ISIS leader Abubakr Al Baghdadi: https://t.co/aEsUMqfWBE— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) December 26, 2015
In it he said Western countries "do not dare send their troops against us" but that "the entire world has joined forces against us".
He went on to assuage any fears his followers have by saying "our state persists and expands".
He ended with this request helpfully translated by author Iyad El-Baghdadi (definitely not a member of Islamic State).
ISIS leaders: We urgently call upon every Muslim to join the fight, especially those in the land of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia), rise.— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) December 26, 2015
Only the request didn't quite work...
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi sorry. Saw the tweet late. Next week, maybe?— Umar Aftab Butt (@documaraftab) December 26, 2015
I've got Star Wars on Sunday. Maybe later. https://t.co/UQ71PkUi4j— Saadat Ali Zia (@my69cents) December 26, 2015
Sorry, I am busy watching Netflix. https://t.co/YyLJ9cQ2nS— Mohamed Djingo (@TheDjingo) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I am a little busy with this Legendary Super Mutant Overlord that keeps nagging me in Fallout 4. No can do.— Hassaan Munir (@Go_Nawaz_Go) December 27, 2015
Can't. Brunch with family, then horror film marathon. https://t.co/GqI5LOw9VS— Mehreen Kasana (@mehreenkasana) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi Sorry mate but I've got tons of washing up to do & the Coronation Street omnibus won't watch itself. Ta ta— Glen Hattersley (@rocknroll66) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi The Boxing Day Sales are on, don't you remember!— john cooke (@logicandmagic) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I have to masturbate before. Could take a while. My whole life— Placebo Domingo (@thomasmatzka) December 27, 2015
You get the idea.
Well, in keeping with the theme, here are out top picks of people to follow on Twitter if you want ton know more about Islamic State (and make sure you watch the brilliant Vox video at the end of this article).
1) Will McCants
Why the Conventional Thinking About ISIS Is Wrong -- an excerpt from my new book http://t.co/ag0ygUlMZO— Will McCants (@will_mccants) August 20, 2015
2) Andrew Hosken
3) J. M. Berger
4) Jessica Stern
5) Mike Giglio
6) Jason Burke
Thank you john https://t.co/gFE288NVPs— Jason Burke (@burke_jason) December 19, 2015
- Are Daesh Fascists?
- Tightening the Screws: How Can We Defeat ISIS?
- The Threat From Isis Isn't The Deadliest We've Ever Seen. Yet.
7) Nicolas Henin
8) Prospect Magazine
9) Robin Lustig
2015: A Year of Terror. My blogpost now up on HuffPost. https://t.co/cP8Fbyu90s— Robin Lustig (@robinlustig) December 20, 2015
10) Charlie Winter
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Watch me explain the strategy behind #IS terrorism, with the help of a BBC illustrator, in 2 minutes & 20 seconds.December 8, 2015