An ISIS magazine has called for lone wolf attacks in Europe and the US to ‘avenge’ the death of their ‘fighters’ in Mosul, it has emerged.
The booklet, called ‘Nashir – Now Fight Has Come’, tells fanatics in the West of the ‘privilege’ of living ‘among our enemies who live peacefully in their countries’.
Extremists are told that ‘brave Mosul is bleeding’ as Iraqi forces move in to recapture the ISIS stronghold – and that followers should now carry out revenge attacks.
According to Foreign Desk News, one ranting article tells ISIS supporters around the world: ‘Every soldier fights on the Caliphate land wishes to be in your place. We can cut the tail of the snake but it will sooner grow again. But you have its head.’
Another extract reportedly says: ‘Brave Mosul is bleeding. You should stop its bleeding by carrying out exhaustion operations of the Enemy’s power and blood…cut their heads by your knives, let us hear your guns blasting their heads.’
At one point, the authors point to the tactics promoted by former ISIS propaganda chief Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.
The jihadist, who was killed in an airstrike in Syria in August, had previously called on followers to carry out ‘lone wolf’ style attacks.
Foreign Desk News reports that the magazine claims to have been published in Arabic, English and French.
The magazine emerged as it was reported that US-backed Iraqi forces had moved closer to a town south of Mosul where aid groups and regional officials say ISIS has executed dozens of prisoners.
Mosul still has a population of 1.5 million people, much more than any of the other cities captured by ISIS two years ago in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.
The United Nations said ISIS is attempting to displace Hammam al-Alil’s estimated population of 25,000 for use as human shields and protection against air and artillery strikes.