“Ghareeba” is the username of a Twitter personality who utilizes Twitter to glorify ISIS and encourage Muslims to travel to ISIS-controlled territory. Ghareeba has tweeted that the only benefit of Twitter is “da3wa (proselytizing) for the sake of Allah.”Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 21, 2015, 2:01 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/601312900360347648. Many of Ghareeba’s tweets have derided Western governments, dismissing them as kuffar, or nonbelievers.Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 22, 2015, 9:15 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/601783732610170882.
Ghareeba is feminine Arabic adjective meaning “strange,” while a muhajiraah is a female immigrant. Many women who travel to ISIS-controlled territory characterize themselves as muhajiraah. Based on her tweets, Ghareeba is most likely female. Her location on Twitter is listed as Ash-Sham, or Syria.Ghareeba, Twitter, accessed June 16, 2015, https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07. Ghareeba tweets in either English or Dutch, but also uses Arabic in evoking religious slogans, leading CEP to believe Ghareeba is a woman from Holland living in an ISIS-controlled area. Because Ghareeba has been mentioned in tweets by Dutch female Raqqa resident and ISIS twitter propagandist @Oumhaarith, CEP believes she too lives in or near Raqqa, Syria.Oum Haarith, Twitter post, May 25, 2015, 9:52 a.m., https://twitter.com/oumhaarith/status/602879914472247296.
A majority of Ghareeba’s tweets quote radical ideologues and encourage martyrdom. Many of her tweets contain religious manipulation, urging Muslims to travel to Syria or martyr themselves for God.Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 21, 2015, 4:08 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/601343861521252352. Ghareeba often calls on Muslims to “sacrifice themselves for Allah”Ghareeba, Twitter post May 6, 2015, 1:53 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/595873942994288641. and have their “faith be bigger than your fear.”Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 23, 2015, 1:36 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/602030256023801856. Ghareeba and fellow female Dutch ISIS resident Oum Haarith often tweet their personal hopes for martyrdom.Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 20, 2015, 11:48 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/601097212643409920. Ghareeba once tweeted that coalition warplanes represent an opportunity for martyrdom for female ISIS members.Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 13, 2015, 2:10 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/598414935421546496. Many of Ghareeba’s tweets endorse and discuss the benefits of jannah (paradise) and criticize the material world.Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 26, 2015, 2:22 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/603129164145795073.
Ghareeba calls ISIS territory “paradise”Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 23rd, 2015, 5:22 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/602087307739590656. and describes her decision to move there as the best decision of her life.Ghareeba, Twitter post, May 12, 2015, 5:00 a.m., https://twitter.com/AlMuhajiraah07/status/598095409999917056.
- 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.