Islamic State's Boxing Day Message From Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Backfired Spectacularly

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a chilling call to arms on Boxing Day.

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".

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

He ended with this request helpfully translated by author Iyad El-Baghdadi (definitely not a member of Islamic State).

Only the request didn't quite work...

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

2) Andrew Hosken

3) J. M. Berger

4) Jessica Stern

5) Mike Giglio

6) Jason Burke


7) Nicolas Henin

8) Prospect Magazine

9) Robin Lustig

10) Charlie Winter

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