“Hallie Sheikh” is a Twitter personality and propagandist for ISIS.Hallie sheikh, Twitter, accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh. She is purportedly a young woman living in ISIS-controlled territory.Hallie sheikh, Twitter, accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh. In her Twitter bio, she describes herself as “Muslim, coffee addict, advocator 4 peace, propagator of islam, refuting western propaganda against islam!”Hallie sheikh, Twitter, accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh.
CEP has followed Hallie Sheikh as she uses Twitter to promote violent jihad and propagandize for ISIS.Hallie sheikh, Twitter post, June 17, 11:16 a.m., accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh/status/611236105787195392. Sheikh also espouses a sectarian ideology, tweeting that Shiites are not true Muslims.Hallie sheikh, Twitter post, June 16, 9:42 p.m., accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh/status/611031141924126720. Scattered throughout her Twitter feed are smatterings of her day-to-day life, as she tweets personal anecdotes such as, “I am sooo sleepy I don’t want to go to work.”Hallie sheikh, Twitter post, June 17, 6:22 a.m., accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh/status/611161898067853312.
CEP has tracked Hallie Sheikh under her various previous accounts. In response to the December 2014 Sydney hostage attack, Sheikh wrote under her @Haliisheikh account that she “can[’]t be bothered” with Australians and that the attacks were “[r]epurcussion” for the Australian government’s “war against Islam.”CEP, “EXTREMIST REACTION TO #SYDNEYSIEGE,” Storify, December 2014, https://storify.com/CEP/extremist-reaction-to-sydneysiege. She also said that Australia “is a shit country I hear they are slaughtering pigs and putting it in front of masjids and writhing graffiti on masjids!”CEP, “EXTREMIST REACTION TO #SYDNEYSIEGE,” Storify, December 2014, https://storify.com/CEP/extremist-reaction-to-sydneysiege.
In May 2015, Hallie Sheikh used Twitter in an attempt to exploit racial tensions in Baltimore, hijacking the #BaltimoreRiots discussion to propose the institution of sharia. CEP, “Extremists Use #BaltimoreRiots To Spread Propaganda, Recruit New Members,” Storify, May 2015, https://storify.com/CEP/isis-extremists-user-baltimoreriots-to-spread-prop
In June 2015, Hallie Sheikh was operating under the Twitter handle @hallie_sheikh.Hallie sheikh, Twitter, accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh In her first post on this account, she bemoaned her previous suspensions.Hallie sheikh, Twitter post, June 10, 11:24 a.m., accessed June 19, 2015, https://twitter.com/hallie_sheikh/status/608882517517582336.
- 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.