An Islamic State (ISIS) magazine called Dabiq has warned that the United States and other Western “crusaders” are facing Armageddon at the hands of the terror group’s fighters.
The publication is packed with disturbing pictures of bloody corpses, bombed-out buildings and knife-wielding jihadists, while one issue even has a section devoted to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, The Washington Post reports.
Filled with snazzy graphics and printed in English and other languages, the magazine is being used as a recruitment tool by the terror insurgents to enlist and radicalize foreigners around the world.
The Islamic State, which has an estimated 12,000 foreign fighters from 74 countries, also employs Dabiq to promote its violent campaign to defeat the “Romans” or “crusaders” from the West, who are symbolized by photos of President Barack Obama and Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain.
“You will invade the Arabian Peninsula, and Allah will enable you to conquer it,” says the second issue of Dabiq, called “The Flood,” which has an image of a Noah’s Arc-type boat on the front, possibly indicating the end of mankind as the world knows it.
“You will then invade Rome, and Allah will enable you to conquer it. Then you will fight the [false messiah], and Allah will enable you to conquer him,” continues the Islamic State columnist.
In another issue, the magazine threatens the West with an apocalypse, which will result in the terror organization one day ruling the world. “A day will come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master, having honor, being revered, with his head raised high and his dignity preserved.”
The publication champions the Islamic Sates as the key voice of the Muslims, while drawing a definitive line in the sand between the two “camps” in the world — one dependent on the Islamic faith and the other with the United States and Russia as its leaders, according to the Post.
It says there’s “the camp of Islam and faith, and the camp of kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy — the camp of the Muslims and the mujahidin everywhere, and the camp of the Jews, the crusaders, their allies, and with them the rest of the nations and religions of kufr, all being led by America and Russia.”
The magazine justifies its killing of Foley as retribution for “the countless accounts of American soldiers executing families and raping women under the sanctity of the U.S. military and Blackwater.”
“Muslim families were killed under the broad definition of ‘collateral damage,’ which the U.S. grants itself alone the right to apply. Therefore, if a mujahid kills a single man with a knife, it is a barbaric killing of the ‘innocent.’ However, if Americans kill thousands of Muslim families all over the world by pressing missile fire buttons, it is merely ‘collateral damage.’”
The magazine derives its name from the Syrian city of Dabiq, which has historical and religious significance for Islam, according to the Institute for the Study of War. The city was the site of the Ottoman defeat of the Mamluks in 1516, strengthening the last caliphate in the region, the Post said.
Ella Lipin, a research associate with the Council of Foreign Relations, said that the publication mobilizes followers by employing an “Islamic apocalyptic tradition,” with the West as the modern-day Romans.
“Both the organization and its new recruits understand this script, made all the more relevant and compelling by the recent debate about U.S. airstrikes in Syria,” Lipin wrote.
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