Abu Suleymaan a.k.a. @WilayatNinawa

Twitter personality “Abu Suleymaan” is a propagandist for ISIS.Abu Suleymaan, Twitter post, July 27, 2015, 8:32 a.m., https://twitter.com/TwistedStrangz/status/625690209276047360. His accounts have been repeatedly suspended by Twitter.

Suleymaan is an associate of Anjem Choudary, an extremist British preacher and ISIS sympathizer whom authorities have connected to hundreds of British Muslims arrested in terrorism-related cases.Martin Bentham and Colin Bortbus, “Radical London preacher Abu Haleema banned from promoting his views online,” London Evening Standard, May 26, 2015, http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/radical-london-preacher-abu-haleema-banned-from-promoting-his-views-online-10275924.html; Clarissa Ward, “Campaigning for ISIS In the West,” CBS, November 4, 2014, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/recruiting-for-isis-60-minutes/. On July 27, 2015, Suleymaan tweeted, “Anjem Choudary is the best da’ee [spreader of dawa, or proselytization] of the west.”

Suleymaan has also tweeted about his support for notorious Islamists such as Osama bin Laden, Omar Bakr Muhammad, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.Abu Suleymaan, Twitter post, July 16, 2015, 6:50 p.m., https://twitter.com/WilayatSinai/status/621859577093619713. Suleymaan refers to suicide attacks as “martyrdom operation[s].”

Abu Suleymaan tweets news on ISIS’s actions, as well as the response of the Western-led coalition.Abu Suleymaan, Twitter post, July 27, 2015, 2:15 a.m., https://twitter.com/TwistedStrangz/status/625595335017144320.

Abu Suleymaan is technologically informed and shares his knowledge with his followers. He regularly warns followers about which messaging and social media platforms he believes are unsafe to use and has urged followers to immediately stop using various platforms.Abu Suleyman, Twitter, accessed September 3, 2015, http://www.twitter.com/abusuleymaan025.

On September 16, 2015, Abu Suleymaan posted what appears to be the residential home address of Pamela Geller, sponsor of the “Draw the Prophet” cartoon contest in Garfield, Texas, and prominent anti-Islamist activist. He called on his followers to retweet and spread this information. Forty minutes later, he posted interior images of an apartment and directly asked Ms. Geller “when are you going to invite me for dinner?”

Abu Suleymaan, Twitter post, September 26, 2015, 8:54 p.m., https://twitter.com/WilayatNinawa/status/647937234960842752. Also on this day, he disseminated details of a Mohammed cartoon contest hosted by Stop Islamization of Europe held in Copenhagen, appealing to “Brothers from Denmark.”Abu Suleymaan, Twitter post, September 26, 2015, 9:02 a.m., https://twitter.com/WilayatNinawa/status/647758185764405248.

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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.

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