No exaggeration. The ISIS leader is asking those jihadis that can’t make the main fight in Syria to start their caliphate in US and Europe.
An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group’s self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
In a 31-minute audio message released late Saturday by the IS media arm al-Furqan, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani told his followers that, “the tiniest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the biggest action by us … there are no innocents in the heart of the lands of the Crusaders.”
He encouraged lone wolf attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start early next month, “to win the great award of martyrdom.”
Al-Adnani also said the U.S.-led war against the group was doomed to failure and that America “fell in the swamp of perdition.”
The speech may have been aimed at boosting morale after the group suffered a string of military setbacks and lost territory in both Iraq and Syria.
Last week, Brett McGurk, the U.S. presidential envoy to the 66-country anti-IS coalition, said that “this perverse caliphate is shrinking.”