Al-Shabab Militants Use Donald Trump Clip In Video To Recruit Muslims And Black People

Al-Qaeda's East African affiliate group has released a recruitment video targeting black Americans and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.

The 51-minute video, by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group, claims the US is a country of institutionalised racism against black people and Muslims. The video presents radical Islam as the solution, The Associated Press reports.

The clip of Trump on the campaign trail consists of his infamous proposal for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" to protect the country.

Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the country

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has previously claimed that the Islamic State group, another extremist organisation, was using quotes like his to recruit followers, prompting Trump to call her a "liar."

The quotes from Trump in the al-Shabab video are shown with recorded footage of Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the most prominent English-language recruiters for al-Qaeda. He who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011, and warned that the US would turn against its Muslims.

The video was released on Twitter on Friday, according to the SITE Intel monitoring group.

It tells the story of several Americans from Minnesota that joined al-Shabab and were killed in the fighting in Somalia, holding them up as examples to be followed.

Using footage from recent racial conflicts in the US, as well as historic quotes from Malcolm X, the video lays out the argument that black people and Muslims will always face discrimination in the US and should join jihadi movements to fight back.

Al-Shabab is fighting the internationally-backed Somali government. It was pushed out of Mogadishu, the capital, in 2011 with the help of African Union troops.

The militants have still carried out numerous guerrilla attacks in Somalia and the countries contributing troops, including Kenya, Djibouti and Uganda.

Trump, who is leading in polls in the race to be the Republican candidate in next year's presidential election, has been rebuked by both Democratic and Republican candidates for their parties' nomination, for his proposed ban on Muslims in early December.

Clinton's campaign declined to comment on the video.

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