ISIS Makes More Threats for Christmas

by David Nussman  •  •  November 28, 2017   

NYC, Paris and London join Vatican as propaganda targets

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DETROIT ( - ISIS is calling for terrorist attacks on some of the largest cities in the developed world.

ISIS affiliates are sharing a new line of threatening propaganda images via social media and messaging apps. The edited images call for terrorist attacks on New York, Paris and London.

These pictures come in the wake of a recent ISIS propaganda poster wishfully portraying a beheaded Pope Francis. The SITE Intelligence Group discovered that poster, publicizing it on November 17.

The newly unveiled ISIS propaganda images are three in number. Each one targets a different major city.

One graphic shows Santa Claus standing in Times Square next to a box of dynamite. A legend in the image states, "We meet at Christmas in New York ... soon."

ISIS propaganda targeting New York

New York City suffered a terror attack on Halloween this year. An ISIS sympathizer driving a rental van plowed through a busy bicycle path in Manhattan, killing eight and wounding nearly a dozen.

New York was also the site of the infamous 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, jihadists hijacked four airplanes. Two of the planes were steered into New York's World Trade Center, also known as the Twin Towers. The skyscrapers smoked and burned for roughly an hour, then collapsed and plummeted to the ground, shooting out clouds of debris through the surrounding streets.

A third hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon, the famous Department of Defense's headquarters building outside Washington, D.C.

A fourth plane was hijacked, but the passengers fought back against the hijackers, making the plane crash in rural Pennsylvania.

The 9/11 attack was perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, under the leadership of Osama Bin Laden. In total, the attacks' death toll was just shy of 3,000 lives lost.

Another recent ISIS image singles out London for a Christmas terrorist attack.

ISIS propaganda targeting London

The propaganda image's background is a busy street in London with Christmas lights. (One building has a lit-up sign saying, "Islamic State.") In the foreground is an armed terrorist, towering over a nervous Santa Claus.

The English-language caption reads "soon on your holidays." It is joined by similar captions in French and German.

A terrorist attack occurred on London Bridge on June 3. Three men in a rental van turned off the road and slammed into crowds of pedestrians on the bridge. After crashing the van, they went on a stabbing spree in a neighborhood nearby. In full, the violence left seven dead and 48 wounded.

There had been a similar attack a few months prior in London, at Westminster Bridge on March 22. Also plowing through a crowd in a rental van, the terrorists at Westminster killed five people.

The third piece of Islamic propaganda depicts a man's blood-splattered arm clenching a bloody knife in the midst of a Christmas market. The scene is supposed to be in Paris, as the famous Eiffel Tower is seen in the background.

ISIS propaganda targeting Paris

The image has a tri-lingual caption, similar to the London graphic. The only difference is a translation error in the English: "soon in your holidays."

France was the victim of several terror attacks in January 2015. The violence was triggered by a piece mocking the prophet Mohammed, featured in satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A few months later, France's capital city Paris suffered a large number of coordinated Islamic terror attacks on November 13, 2015.

On July 14, 2016, an Islamic terrorist plowed through a crowd in the French town of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring over 400 others.

France has also seen dozens of smaller, less successful terrorist attacks the past three years.

The image of the decapitated pope made public on November 17 was followed on Monday by an image of a terrorist and a white wolf standing on a mountain, looking down on St. Peter's and the Vatican.

The depiction of a wolf was interpreted as a calling-card for "lone wolf" terrorists sympathetic with ISIS, urging them to attack the Vatican. The poster was the brainchild of ISIS-affiliated Wafa' Media Foundation.

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