Footage emerges of militants urging Westerners to join the fight in Iraq as ISIS launches a global social media campaign.
Jihadist Video Calls For Recruits
A video purporting to show British jihadists urging Western Muslims to join them in Iraq has been released on social media.
The footage – which has not been independently verified – apparently features Britons and Australians fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It is titled “There is no life without Jihad”, lasts 13 minutes and appears to have been shot in Syria several weeks ago.
One apparent Briton is heard saying: “We go to Iraq in a few days to fight there. We will even go to Jordan and Lebanon – wherever our sheikh wants to send us.”
A Home Office spokesperson said “online terrorism” which “influences people who are vulnerable to radicalisation” would not be tolerated.
“We already work closely with the internet industry to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas,” the spokesperson said.
Adam Walker, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, told Sky News that Muslims in the UK were shocked by the video.
“[The people in the video] are focusing on a really small minority if individuals in the UK who have somehow been influenced by hate preachers, and who feel that somehow Islam promotes that they should go to a foreign country and kill people, which is patently wrong.
“They should respect the values that Britain promotes and that Islam also promotes – of tolerance and respect.”
The video emerged as ISIS, who have taken control of large swathes of Iraq, launched a global campaign asking Muslims to post messages of support “to support the Islamic State” on social media.
“Today after Friday prayers we will be launching with the help of God the largest media campaign in support of an Islamic state,” tweeted @AL_Bttaar, one of the apparent orchestrators.
An image outlining “duties” of those supporting the campaign is also in circulation.
The duties include talking “about the lies that enemies try to pin on ISIS” and to “tweet the talks of Sheikh Al Baghdadi”, an ISIS chief.
Sky’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lisa Holland said ISIS is proving as capable on the web as on the battlefield.
“We’ve seen fairly unsophisticated videos released by Al Qaeda but this is quite different,” she said. “ISIS knows how to use the media both in terms of publicising their gains but also promoting their propaganda.
“They even seem to have a media hub.”
ISIS has used social media to release videos of its fighters parading around towns they have claimed in northern Iraq.
Last week a series of horrific images of Iraqi soldiers being murdered were posted online.
Meanwhile, Twitter user Abu Rashash Britani, who claimed to be a British ISIS fighter and published a stream of vile tweets, has had his account suspended.
One of the co-founders of Twitter has told Sky News the platform remains a “force for good” despite being utilised by groups such as ISIS.
Biz Stone told Digital View, which airs on Saturday at 10.30am: “When you create a large-scale platform where hundreds of millions of people have the freedom of expression you have to take the good with the bad.
“I’d rather this sort of thing be out in the open than hidden in the back waters.”
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