“Ibrahim Anderson” is an Islamist Twitter propagandist based in the United Kingdom. He regularly accuses the United States and United Kingdom of terrorismIbrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 2, 2015, 3:15 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627784835407417344. while calling for replacing civil law with sharia (Islamic law). Anderson has posted on several occasions for man-made law to “go to hell.”Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 7:23 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627484685153779712.
Anderson has not posted specific support for ISIS, but has retweeted several jihadist Twitter accounts, such as Anjem Choudary, Abu Haleema, and Mizanur Rahman. He frequently tweets condemnations of secular law, particularly relating to treatment of Muslims. He has called for the release of all Muslim prisoners,Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 5, 2015, 1:32 p.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/629027235836620800. including Choudary and Rahman.Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 5, 2015, 1:32 p.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/629027235836620800.
Anderson declared in an August 6, 2015, post that pedophiles receive better treatment under the law than Muslims.Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 3, 2015, 2:05 p.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/628310826303258624. The only solution, according to Anderson, is sharia.Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 7:21 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627484330437267456. Muslims are subjected to raids and arrests “with out committing any crimes,” he writes.Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 3, 2015, 2:04 p.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/628310446550962176. In one series of tweets in early August 2015, Anderson recalled his arrest and detention by British authorities. He was eventually released without an apology or the “return of [his] belongings.”Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 10:17 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627483212118392832.
Anderson has also called British Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May terrorists,Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 5, 2015, 9:45 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/628970058367258624. warning that they “will pay” when sharia is implemented.Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 5, 2015, 1:47 p.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/629030893781389313.
Anderson has accused the West of attacking Muslim landsIbrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 2:02 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627403997817778176. and targeting Muslims—at the rate of hundreds per day—because of their faith.Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 1:58 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627403094465359872. He accuses the non-Muslims of thinking Muslim blood is cheap when, he says, “one drop of Muslim blood” is “sacred to Allah.”Ibrahim Anderson, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 1:59 a.m., https://twitter.com/abumoieay/status/627403384761524224.
On January 29, 2016, Anderson was found guilty of inviting support for ISIS and was sentenced to three years in prison.“Men jailed for IS promotion outside Topshop in Oxford Street,” BBC News, January 29, 2016, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-35439917. On April 7, 2021, Anderson pleaded guilty to 10 counts of disseminating terrorist publications on Facebook and Telegram and to four charges of possession of terrorist publications relating to ISIS.“Luton man admits violent Islamic State social media posts,” BBC News, April 7, 2021, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-56664110.
- Extremist entity
- Type(s) of Organization:
- Insurgent, territory controlling, terrorist, takfiri
- Ideologies and Affiliations:
- Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Sunni
Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.
On March 30, 2020, an al-Shabaab suicide bomber mounted the vehicle of Abdisalan Hasan Hersi, a governor in Somalia’s Puntland, as he parked his car near a police station. The jihadist detonated his explosive device, killing Hersi and seriously wounding a former police commander and a civilian.