Homeland Security

ISIS Threat Depicts Artillery Rounds Striking White House

A pro-ISIS media group that recently published a threat against the U.S. Capitol in its magazine geared toward jihadist youth released a new online threat depicting projectiles being fired at the White House.

Al-Abd Al-Faqir, which produces frequent online threat images and videos, is one of the independent media organizations that form a growing online support network tasked with creating and disseminating propaganda for recruitment and incitement on behalf of the terror group, with the goal of widening the geographical scope of attacks and ISIS influence.

In the new Al-Faqir image circulated online, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt is depicted firing artillery at a grouping of the Colosseum in Rome, the Egyptian pyramids, and the White House. The rounds are shown striking the White House, causing a fireball on the center roof.

Al-Faqir is one of the media groups behind The Youth of the Caliphate, which debuted its first issue online Oct. 10 as a colorful collection of articles, posters and teasers to online videos encouraging home-turf attacks on behalf of the Islamic State.

That debut issue, which was distributed via online file-sharing sites, called for lone-jihadist attacks in Australia. On Nov. 9, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali rammed his car filled with propane canisters into a sidewalk in Melbourne’s central business district, got out and stabbed three people, killing one before being shot by police.

In third issue of the magazine, released in December, one in a collection of threat posters depicts a hand on a steering wheel — the watch reads 5:10 — heading toward the U.S. Capitol. “Harvest time has come in your homes,” the headline declares. “Run them over with a truck or a car. Coming at you.”

Other recent Al-Faqir threats include targeting Pope Francis before Christmas, warning of knife-wielding terrorists on commercial flights, showing a jean-and-tee-clad jihadist ready to detonate a grenade in a concert crowd, and walking supporters through how to wage a bioattack on the West “that cannot be detected or tracked… sprinkle the liquid substances or the basics of bacteria with drinking water to take effect automatically.”

A year ago, the media group depicted the invasion of Washington and declared “Paris before Rome,” depicting a terrorist invasion that began with cells in the countryside outside Paris before attacking the city.