“Abu Samir Almaghrebi” is a Moroccan born ISIS propagandist on Twitter. Now living in the Netherlands, he posts messages such as “Fight the kuffar [nonbelievers],”Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 12:32 p.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626067708048752640. encourages others to take up the cause of jihad, and retweets other pro-ISIS Twitter users. Almaghrebi regularly encourages his followers to join ISIS’s jihad out of a religious obligation. He has praised ISIS as “calm” and “calculating,” and lauded the terror group’s military leadership.Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 12:22 p.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626065166610919424.
Almaghrebi has been suspended from Twitter at least once. He revealed a new account, @F1ollow_the_Haq, on July 28, 2015, by announcing his previous account had been suspended.Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 9:06 a.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626015755465846784.
Some of Almaghrebi’s tweets have been in search for a “trusted brother in IS,”Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 11:53 a.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626057907860336641. indicating that he may have contacts within ISIS, but he is not himself a member. Almaghrebi has not said why he is searching for an ISIS “brother,” but it may be related to his calls for his followers to take up ISIS’s cause. He believes those who “stay behind” instead of taking up jihad are “losers.”Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 9:54 a.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626027838408368128.
Almaghrebi has tweeted about how he has tried to indoctrinate his own brother to ISIS’s ideology and to become a jihadist fighter.Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 12:47 p.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626071544108871680. Several of his posts refer to a religious obligation to join jihadist activities. A July 28, 2015, tweet urges followers to “Fight for the sake of Allah so that He will be pleased with you.”Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 12:37 p.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626069033994076160.
Almaghrebi has not revealed his location. His posts include several anti-Western and specifically anti-U.S. statements, such as references to the “Justice Department of the Kuffar”Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 10:19 a.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626034332331851776. and laws restricting religious practices.Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter post, July 28, 2015, 10:25 a.m., https://twitter.com/F1ollow_the_Haq/status/626035641751576576. Almaghrebi has said in his profile he posts in Arabic, English, and Dutch.Abu Samir Almaghrebi, Twitter, accessed August 10, 2015, https://twitter.com/FollowThe40HaQ.
- 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.