ISIS supporters circulated a gruesome Christmastime poster depicting the beheading of Barron Trump, showing a masked jihadist standing over an adult body in an orange jumpsuit with the 11-year-old’s head photoshopped into the terrorist’s hand.
PJM is not reproducing an image of the poster here because of the disturbing content. It’s similar to an image released last month depicting a beheaded Pope Francis.
“Soon we will cut the head of america’s mule son,” says the text on the Barron image.
A message posted last month on a pro-ISIS Telegram channel by an ISIS supporter called on fellow followers to “handle the son of the mule of America” and included a photo of the president’s son and a snapshot of a Google map showing the location of Barron’s school.
ISIS supporters have been on a holiday threat spree, taking the terror group’s PR into their own hands with a flurry of propaganda posters encouraging lone jihadists to attack, including a new one reiterating previous calls to “put terror in their hearts by running them over or stabbing them or burning structures and forests.”
A Modesto, Calif., tow-truck driver arrested and charged last week with hatching a holiday plot to attack San Francisco’s Pier 39 apparently paid attention to ISIS supporters’ propaganda posters. Everitt Aaron Jameson loved with a heart, said the criminal complaint, a recent poster from ISIS supporters showing Santa overlooking Times Square with a box of dynamite at his side.
Another poster from ISIS supporters circulated this week shows an armed jihadist overlooking a Christmas display as the Statue of Liberty looms overhead. “Make your motto ‘I will not survive if they cross worshipper survived,'” jihadists were advised.
“And for you Crusaders, we swear by Allah the Almighty you will see the strength of the Caliphate Soldiers, and the battles will be in your homeland, we will break your cross and destroy your thrones and we will shed your blood,” the text adds. “And the news is what you see not what you hear.”
Last week, ISIS supporters encouraged lone jihadists to try methods such as making a terrorist attack look like a random murder or cooking up poisons to use on victims in a new suggestion list.
The “hints” list, posted on Telegram, shows the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben in the background, with blood dripping from the top of the image. It was distributed in Arabic, French and English, with the English translation not clean.
Lone jihadists were urged to have “total emmersion [sp] in the community,” while “choosing easy targets to deal with” in an operation that “must be secret & unseen.”
The list suggests “attacking an isolated victim and make it look like a Homiside [sp].” This method was mentioned in the October 2016 issue of ISIS’ Rumiyah magazine focusing on knife attacks, when terrorists were advised to target someone walking home from a night out or working the night shift, “or someone walking alone in a public park or rural forested area, or someone by himself in an alley close to a night club or another place of debauchery, or even someone out for a walk in a quiet neighborhood.”
Also suggested was “burning markets, churches & factories at night time.” In the January issue of Rumiyah, ISIS claimed a November 2016 fire at a furniture factory in Losino-Petrovsky, Russia. That article included a large photo of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, along with its address and the caption, “A popular Crusader gathering place waiting to be burned down.” Jihadists were advised to time their arson “preferably in the later part of night to the early hours of morning when people are generally asleep.”
The “hints” list continues to suggest “putting iron pieces in the railroads to take the train off course” (a train derailment tool that’s essentially a concrete and rebar track clamp was detailed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the August issueof Inspire magazine) or “making lethal poisons from the available materials.” An official ISIS guide distributed in November 2016 advised jihadists to explore the wide range of toxic plants that are “accessible to everyone.”
While most attack threats or encouragement over the holiday season has come from ISIS supporters, the Islamic State’s official al-Naba newsletter notably highlighted an Australian New Year’s Eve terror plot, saying that the would-be attacker would have caused “catastrophic” casualties in “one of the most important centers where Christians meet” to ring in the holiday.