ISIS has called on its supporters in the U.S. and around the world to carry out arson attacks, since they are an easy means to inflict damage upon enemies.
The group made the dangerous call in a 4-minute propaganda video, titled “Incite the Believers.” The video was shared by the group’s al-Hayat Media Center on July 26.
ISIS argued its supporters, especially in the U.S., to use cigarette lighters, matches and gasoline to start fires in places where they wouldn’t be detected. Agricultural fields, factories, forests and residential buildings were among the targets set by the terrorist group.
The group also provided its supporters with instruction on how to get rid of any evidence that could link them to the arson attacks.
ISIS argued its supporters, who are still not convinced of this method, to look at the damage caused by seasonal fires around the world. The group said arson attacks were an easy means to inflict serious human and financial losses on its enemies.
“Remember that the longevity of an attack sometimes is more important than its trend or what was announced about it, don’t be hesitant because something is better than nothing, invade for the sake for Allah and ask help from Allah, we ask Allah help you give you recompense and bless your Jihad,” the video says.
Over the past two years, ISIS terrorists were responsible for a series of fires that targeted farmlands in both Syria and Iraq. However, it remains uncertain, if the group’s supporters were behind any fire in other countries.
ISIS’ call for arson attacks reflects its desperation. In the last few years, the group lost all of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq and was reduced to a cluster of cells. Despite this, the group’s threat should be taken seriously.