ISIS launched a new push to reel in disaffected Muslims as fighters in Syria and Iraq with a new video posted on-line Thursday, supplying them a “stronghold” there to worship freely — and to fight for.
The 20-minute video by the core-ISIS propaganda machine, Al-Hayat Media Center, starred a group of camouflage-clad mujahideen from the Balkans region of Eastern Europe pleading for their countrymen to join brothers in the “caliphate,” or pure Islamic state, claimed a year ago by the terror group.
The Bosnian jihadi is even shown buckling a youngster into a car or truck seat of a tiny KIA, just like a normal dad anyplace — albeit with an AK-47 slung more than his shoulder.
The ISIS video’s narrator, a familiar voice from past videos speaking in excellent American English, named the caliphate’s conquered regions “a stronghold for the believers where they can reside in dignity and safety with their families.”
“Return to honor, return to jihad for the bring about of Allah,” pleads a Bosnian jihadi in another segment of the ISIS video, who joins fighters from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and other regions addressing the camera. Some are shown playing chess and strolling happily in ISIS-held Syrian communities. 1 former major official stated the message may perhaps succeed in swaying young Muslims to make the southeastern journey.
“A lot of young Muslims in Europe feel alienated. So you have a festering ulcer that hasn’t been cured,” said Jacques Klein, who oversaw safety in the Balkans as the prime United Nations official there following the NATO military campaign that ended in 1999. “It is the lack of the integration of the Muslim population in Europe that is the genesis of this challenge.”
Part of the video pitch this week is revisionist history: ISIS displaying United Nations troops close to civilian bodies as well as NATO aircraft dropping bombs during the war there two decades ago, which saw the UN at instances failing to safeguard Muslim civilians in Bosnia targeted for genocide by Serbian military forces, who had been Orthodox Christian.
“Immediately after witnessing the Crusader onslaught in Bosnia-Herzegovina, men from amongst the Muslims ultimately did wake up to the warning of our Prophet and to the screams and cries of our violated sisters and young children that reverberated across the globe, shaking the heart of every single truthful Muslim. They traveled from across the globe and by Allah’s Favor, they repelled the Crusaders, in spite of the UN’s arms embargo and in spite of attacks conducted by NATO to circumvent their rise,” extols the American-sounding ISIS narrator.
But Klein stated the U.S. and NATO ended the killings of Muslims in the area and brought peace to the Balkans.
“The fact is the West saved them. If it hadn’t been for the West interjecting itself in the Balkans, it would have been worse if the Serbs had gotten their way,” mentioned Klein, who also is a retired U.S. Air Force main common.