Twitter personality “ISSyria” is a propagandist for ISIS.ISSyria, Twitter post, July 22, 2015, 8:27 a.m., https://twitter.com/ISSyria15/status/623877067722113024. ISSyria uses Twitter as a platform to garner financial support for the terror group by directing followers to donate to the group via Bitcoin, a crypto-currency that allows for financial transactions to be conducted anonymously. On August 1, 2015, ISSyria tweeted that donations would go toward enabling a “massive DDOS [distributed denial of service] attack” on ISIS’s enemies.ISSyria, Twitter post, July 22, 2015, 10:13 a.m., https://twitter.com/ISSyria15/status/623903689737175040.
CEP suspects ISSyria has been operating out of Syria since July 2015 based on tweets referencing Raqqah, ISIS’s de-facto headquarters. On July 22, 2015, ISSyria tweeted, “All the best to my brothers and sisters. Arrived in Raqqah!!!.”ISSyria, Twitter post, July 22, 2015, 9:11 a.m., https://twitter.com/ISSyria15/status/623888147030650880.
ISSyria’s Twitter bio includes a link to the website “Khilafah Archives” which shares ISIS propaganda in French.ISSyria, Twitter accessed, August 12, 2015, https://twitter.com/issyria15. In support of ISIS, s/he also often calls for others to fight against kuffar (nonbelievers) and become martyrs.ISSyria, Twitter post, August 1, 2015, 4:01 p.m., https://twitter.com/ISSyria15/status/627615071284236289.
- @ISSyriaISSyria, Twitter accessed, August 12, 2015, https://twitter.com/issyria15.
- Extremist entity
- Type(s) of Organization:
- Insurgent, territory-controlling, religious, terrorist, violent
- Ideologies and Affiliations:
- Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Salafist, takfiri
- Propagandist, Financier
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.
In Their Own Words:
Without doubt, the secularists are evil and more malicious than the polytheists and secularism is farther astray from the path and more malicious than polytheism. The secularists who are associated with Islam even [merely] by identity are considered apostates by a group of scholars. The Jews, Christians, those who worship graves, and many polytheists and unbelievers have committed lesser acts of unbelief than the secularists.Mar. 1, 2021