The Twitter user known as “Bint Crackers” maintains what she called a “shoutout” account, drawing attention to other jihadist Twitter users.Bint Crackers, Twitter post, July 9, 2015, 8:37 p.m., https://twitter.com/ummglasses/status/619304378063716352. Her stated goal is to help other users find their “baqiya family,” other ISIS supporters. Crackers does not explicitly call for violence, but she supports other “radical” users who make “the kuffar so angry that they could just go die in their rage.”Bint Crackers, Twitter post, July 9, 2015, 5:32 p.m., https://twitter.com/ummglasses/status/619257803597676546.
The accounts Crackers directs followers to are regularly suspended and reappear under new names.
Crackers also warned her “uktis,” Islamic brothers and sisters, about fake accounts and posting too much information online.
Crackers advocates an extreme adherence to Islam. She has threatened to ban users who not wear a hijab, and castigated al-Qaeda supporters for not wearing a hijab.
Crackers has also promoted radical Islamist preachers such as Abu Haleema, a British cleric who has been banned from social media for promoting terrorism.Martin Bentham and Colin Cortbus, “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.
Crackers also maintained an Ask.fm account, which she deactivated on August 3, 2015. She revealed on Ask.fm that she is a convert to Islam, she is single, and she does not live in ISIS-held territory.Bint Crackers, Ask.fm post, July 29, 2015, http://ask.fm/abc1to3/answer/130603298117.
Crackers does not reveal her location, but some posts suggest she is a U.S. citizen or at least from the West. Despite her support for Islamist Twitter users, Crackers has posted tweets calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to take action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Crackers also questioned the Iranian nuclear deal because of Iran’s anti-America ideology.
Crackers deactivated her Twitter account on August 3, 2015, shortly after privatizing her tweets. Crackers admitted she had been previously suspended, but it is unknown how many Twitter accounts she held.
Crackers returned to Twitter a few days later. Her profile, once again public, revealed that she had announced she would take a break from Twitter for a few days.Bint Crackers, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 7:34 a.m., https://twitter.com/ummglasses/status/627442321693356032.
- 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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