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ISIS Spokesman Praises COVID-19, Slams Al-Qaeda & Qatar In New Audio Message

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ISIS Spokesman Praises COVID-19, Slams Al-Qaeda & Qatar In New Audio Message

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ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi has praised the COVID-19 outbreak as a holy punishment for the “enemies of God” in a new audio message.

The 39-minute message dubbed “the disbelievers will know for whom is the final home,” was released by ISIS’ al-Furqan media organization on May 28.

In the message, al-Qurashi says that the coronavirus has confused the “tyrants and autocrats” of the world, calling it a “punishment” from God.

“Today, the circles have come upon you … Today, we rejoice over the suffering God has inflicted upon you,” Reuters quoted the spokesman as saying.

Al-Qurashi went on in the message to slam al-Qaeda in Afghanistan for supposedly approaching the Taliban, which is now involved in peace talks with the U.S. The spokesman boasted about the increasing attacks of ISIS there.

Al-Qaeda in Africa was also criticized. The ISIS representative accused the group of waging a war on ISIS on behalf of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria. The spokesman claimed that al-Qaeda branches in Western Africa have “shown desire” to negotiate with governments in the region.

ISIS’ spokesman also threatened Qatar. Al-Qureshi said Doha has financed factions which fought against “Mujahedeen” in Iraq and Syria. The spokesman was referring to al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Syria and to tribal forces in Iraq.

“We have never forgotten that the al-Udeid base that the tyrants of Qatar built to host the American army was and still is the center of command of the Crusade against Muslims in Khorasan, Iraq, the Levant, and Yemen,” the spokesman said.

Al-Qurashi concluded his message by delivering the “blessings” of ISIS’ new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, who, according to him, praised the terrorist group’s recent “Battle Of Attrition.”

This was al-Qurashi’s third audio message since he succeeded Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir, who was killed by the U.S. last year. The message was clearly meant to raise the low morale of the terrorist group supporters, while intimidating its enemies.

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