Indonesian ISIS supporters circulated posters online warning that Satan is behind the American financial system as well as media and entertainment, threatening to attack a handful of entities.
The first poster, telling adherents to “think smart,” shows a devilish figure looming over several icons in flames: the United Nations, the Federal Reserve, Universal Studios Hollywood, CNN, NATO Allied Command Transformation and NASA, along with the reverse of the Great Seal on the U.S. dollar bill.
An ISIS jihadist fires a gun up at the seals, with the words “Allahu Akbar!” above his head.
“Those who believe fight in the way of Allah and those who disbelieve fight in the way of Taghut [un-Islamic rulers],” says the poster.
The second poster features the Eye of Providence and stacks of burning American money, with an admonishment to “read carefully and choose the verdict.”
The ISIS supporters pan “modern philosophy,” “modern science,” “modern state,” and “modern era” as “mankind is kept away from the path of his God.”
Dajjal, the antichrist in Islamic theology, is “behind the modern name whether you can or not see it,” the poster warns.
In November 2016, with the Syrian Democratic Forces beginning the battle to retake the caliphate’s claimed capital Raqqa, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued an audio message calling jihadists in Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Indonesia, Philippines, Sinai, Bangladesh, West Africa and North Africa the “base of the caliphate.”
Last September, al-Baghdadi issued a recording suggesting media as targets, saying jihadists should “intensify one attack after another against the infidels’ information centers and their headquarters of ideological war.”
“Indonesia increasingly has become a haven for Islamist extremists. And we’ve seen it not just in the society at large, but also in the government,” Mark Mitchell, acting assistant secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict at the Defense Department, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December, underscoring that “prisons are serving as a source of radicalization.”
Last summer, Indonesia’s military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo warned ISIS was present “in almost every province” of the country, which consists of some 18,000 islands. “We must all beware of sleeper cells being activated in Indonesia,” Nurmantyo told reporters.