Kashmiri Tweep is an ISIS propagandist on Twitter operating with the handle @abu_headshots56. Tweep praises ISIS victories and lambastes the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS for causing civilian casualties.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, June 11, 2015, 1:08 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/609044465622355970.
His posts also condemn kuffar (nonbelievers) and “coconuts,” a derogatory term used by jihadists to deride moderate or assimilated Muslims. Tweep accuses Western “crusaders” of targeting women and childrenKashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, June 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/609042648377114625. and condemns “moron moderate Muslims” who support the anti-ISIS coalition.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, June 11, 2015, 12:59 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/609042337948246016.
Tweep’s nationality and exact location are unknown. He has claimed in various Twitter profiles to be in Sweden, Dallas, Texas, and Illinois.
In an April 18, 2015, post about “news from back home,” he wrote about Indian forces shooting a teenager, implying that “home” might be India.
Tweep claims to be a PhD student.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 19, 2015, 9:24 a.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/589827019623571457. He has tweeted that he will owe “kuffar” nothing when he finishes,Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 19, 2015, 9:24 a.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/589827019623571457. indicating that he is in a Western university program. On May 23, 2015, he asked his followers to pray for him to get into an unspecified medical school.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, May 23, 2015, 4:22 a.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/602026723169988608. His April 30, 2015, post about “legit medical colleges in IS”Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 30, 2015, 1:02 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/593822672686952448. raises the question of whether his May 23 plea refers to his acceptance into an ISIS-affiliated school. Despite his regular calls for “hijrah” (immigration) to ISIS territory, Tweep encourages his followers to take advantage of government loans and “kuffar banks” to fund their activities.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 19, 2015, 1:23 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/589841835633221633. Mujahid Miski replied to another post that Tweep should take government money.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 19, 2015, 9:24 a.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/589827019623571457.
Tweep communicates through Twitter with other Islamist propagandists and recruiters such as Miski.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 19, 2015, 9:24 a.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/589827019623571457. An April 22, 2015, tweet seemingly targeted westernized Muslims, telling them to “stop playing call of duty on ps4” and go to ISIS-held territory to “headshot some real enemies of Islam” because they will “enjoy it more.”Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 22, 2015, 2:48 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/590950391098974209.
Tweep is aware that Twitter and authorities are monitoring his accounts. He has posted advice for other ISIS supporters on how to avoid detections and honeypot traps. An April 29, 2015, tweet mocked “spies” who “tried real hard” to figure out Tweep’s location.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 29, 2015, 7:04 a.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/593370305575391232. He warned on April 22, 2015, that Twitter was removing “baqiyah” (ever-lasting) profiles.Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 22, 2015, 3:19 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/590957996013813760. He told his followers to “reshuffle your usernames and spread haqq” (truth).Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 22, 2015, 3:19 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/590957996013813760. In his first post under his new account on April 17, Tweep wrote account suspensions are “part of the experience here. We love it.”Kashmiri Tweep, Twitter post, April 17, 2015, 1:27 p.m., https://twitter.com/abu_headshots56/status/589118017965002753.
- 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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