Twitter personality Abu Esaa is a propagandist for ISIS.Abu Esaa, Twitter, accessed June 30, 2015, https://twitter.com/abuesaa03. He has published several tweets demanding that sharia (Islamic law) be implemented worldwide, and has issued thinly veiled threats to America.
Abu Esaa has tweeted angrily about Muslim protesters in support of gay marriage.Abu Esaa, Twitter, accessed June 30, 2015, https://twitter.com/abuesaa03. He writes that they should face “the wrath of Allah” and describes them as kuffar, or nonbelievers.Abu Esaa, Twitter, accessed June 30, 2015, https://twitter.com/abuesaa03.
Abu Esaa frequently retweets news relating to ISIS and promotes the accounts of ISIS propagandists. Abu Esaa especially promotes Abu Haleema, an associate of Anjem Choudary, the U.K.-based Islamist and head of the proscribed group al-Muhajiroun. In addition to his Twitter account, Abu Haleema operates a YouTube channel on which he posts propagandizing videos.Abu Esaa, Twitter, accessed June 30, 2015, https://twitter.com/abuesaa03.
On October 7, 2015, Abu Esaa tweeted “As The Soldiers Of Allah inch towards Damascus, the kufar intensify the effort to try to wipe them out. KNOW that Allah has promised victory”:Abu Esaa, Twitter post, October 7, 2015, 7:46 a.m., https://twitter.com/AbuEsaa03/status/651725161054515200.
Esaa quotes extremist ideologues such as Anwar al-Awlaki and tweets in favor of freeing Omar Bakri Muhammad, a radical Islamist cleric and co-founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the U.K., currently imprisoned in Lebanon.Abu Esaa, Twitter, accessed June 30, 2015, https://twitter.com/abuesaa03.
- 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.