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Making it possible for terrorists to avoid detection by U.S. and allied intelligence, the Islamic State or ISIS, Al Qaeda, its affiliates as well as jihadists worldwide have been turning to sophisticated encrypted communication. This supports the global Islamic movement’s goal of conquest as thousands of ISIS and Al Qaeda loyalists communicate online inside the United States in order to reach deep inside the American Muslim community according to FBI Director, Comey, and across the globe. [See: http://abcnews.go.com/International/thousands-online-isis-followers-inside-us-homeland-fbi/story?id=30882077 ].
One instance of this is a pro-Islamic State, IS/ISIS/ISIL, twitter account which provides guidelines or tutorials for encrypted communication and forbids the use of “electronic devices with GPS,” stating that Apple products are particularly “dangerous.” [See: http://www.memrijttm.org/al-qaedas-embrace-of-encryption-technology-part-iii-july-2014-january-2015-islamic-state-isis-and-other-jihadis-continue-to-develop-their-cyber-and-encryption-capabilities-post-snowden-fears-lead-them-to-test-new-more-secure-technologies-and-social-media ].
Meanwhile, anonymous posts by Islamic State followers online spread their message. This one reads like so many others: “This is the Golden Era” “… ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the land.” [See: https://justpaste.it/Anonymous90 ].
And so with this kind of anonymity against your enemies and the exhilaration that comes with secrecy, is a drastic rise in membership that attracts fighters and financiers from around the globe.
This rise in recruits is confirmed by a recent U.N. report that indicates that the number of foreigners fighting for terrorists worldwide has increased by 71 percent between mid-2014 and March 2015. The report, submitted to the U.N. Security Council, also indicates that upwards of 26,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries fight principally for ISIS, but also Al Qaeda. [See: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32156541].
So what do we credit this sharp increase in the growing number of Islamic warriors? A successful propaganda war that says: We are unstoppable. We have the favor of God. And we will “establish authority in the heart” of enemy territory. [See: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/isis-appears-threaten-pamela-geller-claims-militants-article-1.2211913].
On Justpaste.it, a link to a new audio speech was released by the Islamic State media company Al-Furqan in May. In it ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi commands all Muslims to arm themselves to attack the enemies of Islam, particularly Christians and Jews. Quoting scriptures from the Koran, Al-Baghdadi emphasizes Islam is not a religion of peace, but rather “Islam is the religion of war” and praises ISIS soldiers in Syria, in Libya, in Algeria, Tunisia and in the Sinai and throughout the Middle East. [See: http://www.memrijttm.org/in-new-audio-speech-islamic-state-isis-leader-al-baghdadi-issues-call-to-arms-to-all-muslims.html ].
What is the solution to inspiring people to commit to jihad and the jihadists’ goal of Islamic supremacy after so many successes on the battlefield?
The core narrative of ISIS and Al Qaeda must be countermanded. To do this there must be news of defeat after defeat in cities and provinces under ISIS control in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, the province of Khorasan in Afghanistan-Pakistan and in the Sinai.
The Middle East Initiative recommends that the United States President take immediate action to empower all U.S. intelligence agencies, related organizations and the U.S. military to rapidly mobilize and destroy the Islamic State with the kind of shock and awe by Special Forces units and the Marines that can end the trending up-tick in Islamic State recruitment and nation-state building towards Islamic domination under a global caliphate.
Act now, Mr. President.