Twitter personality and alleged ISIS member “Qaswarah Al farsi” bills himself as “the only farsi [Persian] in the khilifah [caliphate].” He has been mentioned and promoted by other known extremist propagandists on Twitter, including Neil PrakashAbu Khaled the Australian, Twitter post, August 26, 2015, 1:58 p.m., https://twitter.com/itsabUk313. and Umm Nutella Lioness.Umm Nutella Lioness, Twitter post, August 26, 2015, 2:15 p.m., https://twitter.com/o7_HaqqPrevails/status/636648851932348416.
Al farsi’s Twitter photo depicts three weapon-laden masked men with the words “The Few, The Proud, The Muhajideen [holy warriors].”Qaswarah Al farsi, Twitter, accessed September 12, 2015, https://twitter.com/AlQaswarahA1. On September 5, 2015, he tweeted “How blessed are you o’ Islamic state for you have resurrected the Sunnah of jihad on almost all levels. How blessed are you o’ Islamic state.”Qaswarah Al farsi, Twitter post, September 5, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
- 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.
On January 27, 2020, Turkish security forces arrested five People’s Protection Units (YPG) members who were allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in Tal Abyad, northern Syria. During the raid, forces recovered weapons, digital materials, and documents relating to the terror group.