Since the following article is being published mainstream, I’ll assume it’s Ok to repost here without being shut down. I have to question whether this is helpful news or is it fearmongering…in which case am I therefore a guilty accomplice? The main reason I present it here is because of the questions raised as to how al-Muhaijir got the information. Or indeed, how much credence can we place in this recording? MH
A high-ranking member of ISIS has called for revenge after the deaths of 50 Muslims in Christchurch.
The terror organisation’s spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir is believed to have issued an appeal in a 44-minute audio recording.
The New York Times reports that al-Muhajir broke six months of silence to call for retaliation.
“The scenes of the massacres in the two mosques should wake up those who were fooled, and should incite the supporters of the caliphate to avenge their religion,” he said.
Fifty worshipers were killed when the alleged gunman, (name redacted by Martin), opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon.
Al-Muhajir likened the massacre to the ongoing battle at the terror organisation’s only remaining piece of territory in Syria.
“Here is Baghuz in Syria, where Muslims are burned to death and are bombed by all known and unknown weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
However, the New York Times reported that coalition officials believe those killed in Baghuz are mostly Islamic State fighters or their wives and children.
The Times reported that throughout his speech, “Mr al-Muhajir belittled the White House’s claim of victory over the terrorist organisation, calling it a ‘state of confusion and contradiction that make it impossible for any observer to know what is meant by the word ‘victory’.”
Military officials say ISIS remains a threat despite losing all but a small part of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria.
The Times said al-Muhajir’s name is an invention, and his true identity is unknown…
“As anti-ISIS forces pursue Mr al-Muhajir and other senior members of the militant group, it is assumed that they avoid detection by shunning electronics, especially cellphones, and limiting contact with couriers, whose movements can be tracked.