French Twitter user “Aboû Sayf Al-Ansari” is a propagandist for ISIS who boasts residency in ISIS-held territory. In his Twitter description, Al-Ansari refers to the territory as “Dawla Islamiya” or the “Islamic State.”Abou Sayf Al-Ansari, Twitter, accessed August 18, 2015, https://twitter.com/ztlmt.
Al-Ansari’s Twitter description, wherein he claims to live in “Dawla Islamiya” (“Islamic State” or ISIS-held territory), notes previous account suspensions, and tells female Muslims not to direct message him.
Abou Sayf Al-Ansari laments the suspension of his @SayfAnsari account.
Al-Ansari is part of a network of ISIS propagandists. In his first tweet on his @ztlmt account, Al-Ansari bemoaned previous account suspensions.Abou Sayf Al-Ansari, Twitter post, August 16, 2015, 4:06 a.m., https://twitter.com/ztlmt/status/632870943879233536.
Translation: “I was suspended[;] switch to this account may Allah bless you”
Through Twitter, Al-Ansari boasts frequently of his allegiance with ISIS.
Translation: “Our identity”
Al-Ansari pops up frequently on Twitter under different aliases. In October 2015, he used Twitter to demonize Jews under the handle “@Abd_Allah__8,” writing, “Les juifs c'est des lâches de toutes façon ils aiment jouer les victimes, mais quand c'est sérieux ils se cachent chez eux ces bouffons,” roughly translating to: “The Jews, they are cowards, they like to play the victim but when it gets serious, they hide themselves at home, the buffoons.”
Tweet from October 2015. Translation: “The Jews, they are cowards, they like to play the victim but when it gets serious, they hide themselves at home, the buffoons.”
- Extremist entity
- Type(s) of Organization:
- Insurgent, territory-controlling, religious, terrorist, violent
- Ideologies and Affiliations:
- Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Salafist, takfiri
ISIS is a violent jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria. The group has declared wilayas (provinces) in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the North Caucasus. ISIS has also waged attacks in Turkey, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Iraq, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tunisia, and Kuwait.
Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.
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