ISIS Message Warns of 71 'Trained Soldiers' in 15 U.S. States, 23 'Signed Up for Missions'
A new warning from a purported American jihadist details specific levels of ISIS fighters in the U.S. -- as well as targeted states -- in the wake of the attack in Garland, Texas.
ISIS' official operations bulletin as well as their radio station Al-Bayan claimed responsibility for the attack on the "derisive cartoons" competition by Phoenix roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. Simpson was flagged by the FBI in 2010 for trying to join jihad in Somalia and more recently for tweeting on behalf of the Islamic State. He tweeted about the attack before it happened and praise for his involvement -- and additional oblique threats of attacks in the U.S. -- spread quickly among ISIS tweeps.
This new warning -- posted on a file-sharing site accompanied by a large ISIS flag -- is signed by "Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki." It's not know if this is the same American believed to have joined an Islamic Jihad group in Pakistan several years ago; little is known about that jihadist who bears the same name, but he has done propaganda videos before.
"The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah [province] in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don't care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter," the message to "brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah" states.
"This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah."
The message says ISIS has stationed "71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire."
"Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name... Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan," the posting continues. "The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching."
"The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu'mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face," it concludes, using an honorific title for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Titled "The New Era," the message was tweeted by a user who describes him or herself as "stuck in the lands of the kufr," with a photo of an ISIS flag and a residential suburban neighborhood in the background.
Simpson tweeted about half an hour before the Garland attack, "The bro with me and myself have given bay'ah to Amirul Mu'mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen. Make dua #texasattack."
White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged today that Garland was "what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack."