On Tuesday, Ferguson protesters received an offer of help from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the militant group that has taken control of large areas of Syria and Iraq. The offer of assistance came in the form of a tweet that promised help if protesters accept Islam and pledge allegiance to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“Accept islam & give bayah to abu bakr al baghdadi & then we will send u soldiers that dont sleep (sic),” tweeted an individual identified as British-born jihadi Junaid Hussain, a 20-year-old militant who now goes by the name Abu Hussain al-Britani. The account that sent the tweet has since been suspended, but the tweet has caught the attention of a number of people.
Writing at PJ Media, Bridget Johnson noted that another jihadist Twitter account indicated that ISIS fighters may show up in Ferguson, Missouri, whether protesters accept their offer or not. “You never know if Dawlah supporters are getting in on the action in Ferguson, especially since more protests are planned,” said “AbuUmar8246.”
Others urged the Ferguson protesters to continue fighting while encouraging them to embrace Islam. Another tweet by Hussain encouraged protesters to reject American democracy: “We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr and then we will shed our blood for you and send our soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage.”
ISIS militants are well-known for their brutality, beheading anyone who does not conform to their brand of radical Islam. As we have reported, ISIS fighters have systematically beheaded children in Mosul and buried women and children alive in mass graves. The Anglican vicar of Baghdad said ISIS militants cut a five-year-old boy in half, and another witness said militants tore a woman in two after tying her to multiple vehicles. Another report claimed al-Baghdadi gave fighters permission to eat babies, but that report has not yet been confirmed.
It’s not the first time ISIS has tried to capitalize on the unrest in Ferguson, Townhall noted. In August, a sign that read, “ISIS is here,” was spotted in a CNN report.
“Whether ISIS will successfully make inroads in Ferguson remains to be seen, but the thought alone is chilling,” Leah Barkoukis said. Even more chilling is the thought that the Obama administration may do nothing to prevent intervention by ISIS radicals. There is no word yet on whether or not protesters have rejected the offer of assistance from a group that is a declared enemy of the United States.