How al-Qaeda and ISIS Have Been Weighing in on Our Presidential Election
If some countries are taking a vested interest in tinkering with the U.S. presidential election, terror groups have been generally taking a hands-off approach to next week's vote.
After all, al-Qaeda reasoned, the next occupant of the White House is six of one and half a dozen of the other to them.
In its mid-May issue of the English-language Inspire magazine, after Donald Trump had secured enough votes for the GOP nomination, editor-in-chief Yahya Ibrahim noted that "today America is in a season of presidential elections, which will define the winning party to the presidency."
"This may cause a slight difference to the American citizens but for us it is still the same story; this is because between a foolish candidate that openly declare[s] his enmity towards Islam and a candidate pretending to be a friend of Islam, thousands of Muslims continue to die as a result of the inhuman American policies in Islamic lands," Ibrahim wrote for the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publication.
"After America failed to impose its direct domination and rule under the excuse of countering terrorism. And after America was exhausted in fighting many wars with Islamic groups. And after realizing that it is losing a battle rather than winning, they began to think of making arrangements on how to retreat from our lands 'safely.' America found that the best way to achieve this is by igniting the region with sectarian wars."
Ibrahim decried "the dirty politics of America, led by the Democratic Party under the leadership of Obama."
"And on the other hand we have the Republicans, who openly kill, fight and declare enmity towards Islam under the banner of the crusade," the editor continued. "The Democrats smile at the Muslims while stabbing them at their backs."
In a separate article, former Guantanamo inmate Ibrahim al-Qosi, who was transferred back to his home country Sudan in 2012 and joined AQAP two years later, wrote that 9/11 changed American politics "with regards to strengthening the rightist, white, racial and widespread-armed militias who are weary of the federal government internal and external policies."
"These militias who think that the federal government in Washington does not serve the interest of the general white Anglo-Saxon American community of the protestant Christianity denomination," al-Qosi added. "In addition to that they see the federal government serve the interests of the Jews and other minorities whom, according to them, must be curbed and get rid from power."
The rest of AQAP's Inspire publications throughout campaign season have been guides with practical tips for jihadists after the Orlando and Nice attacks, as well as a special issue about France banning the burkini on beaches.
There was no October surprise from ISIS in an attempt to influence the election; the ground offensive by coalition forces to recapture Mosul began mid-month, which could spark global revenge attacks. But the terror group's official communications are centered around Mosul right now.