Indeed, Thought Front was dark for a number of days. I could give very compelling excuses for why that was (like the fact that I am in the middle of graduate school applications), but the fact of the matter is that, since Election Day, I simply could not stand looking at the news. To see […]Read more "Al Qaeda: “We Must Benefit From Trump’s Presidency Before A Possible Coup”"
In July, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, officially spun off from the terrorist organization and rebranded itself as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (“Front for the Conquest of Syria”). The actual reasons for the spinoff are still not entirely clear, nor what it indicates as to the state of affairs within Al Qaeda. Prima facie one […]Read more "Al Qaeda’s Unconvincing Explanations for Fracturing"
With all the media coverage of recent shootings by law enforcement and the shootings in Dallas, it is no surprise that terrorists have taken notice. A Twitter account for Al Maqalaat (@Al_Maqal_Pubs), a media outlet of Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch Jabhat al-Nusrah, has been using the recent police homicides for anti-American propaganda. “Fact: 123 black […]Read more "What Al Qaeda Is Saying About Police Shootings"
The Islamic State is celebrating the two year anniversary of its self-proclaimed caliphate. A few days ago, the group released a video entitled “Two Years Since the Caliphate.” As a follow-up, yesterday they released an English language infographic similarly titled “Two Years Since Announcing the Caliphate.” The infographic brags about all the countries in which […]Read more "Islamic State Says They Have No Presence in America"
As Thought Front has discussed before, terrorist groups sometimes use arguably cynical recruitment pitches that appeal to people’s self-interest. Al-Shabaab pointed out that you can get 500-700 years worth of prayer just for standing on the battlefield, and Islamic State came up with the win-win equation that jihad means either you go to Paradise or […]Read more "Terrorist Group Al Muhajirun’s Recruitment Message: It’s a Party!"
The Islamic State, in addition to putting out so many bureaucratic documents, also posts its own propaganda news by various channels and document types each day, and in multiple languages. Among the ways they disseminate information is daily news bulletins in the Microsoft Word .docx format, as well as in .pdf. One such source is […]Read more "The Metadata for ISIS Propaganda"
As I have discussed twice before, ISIS periodically puts out propaganda photos of nature. The reason for it is still not entirely certain, although multiple experts speculated that the point is to show how ISIS rule has created an idyllic, euphoric caliphate. And it turns out that, based on an item in this week’s propaganda, […]Read more "ISIS Loves Forests"