ISIS Forms English-Speaking Battalion To Target The West
« Anwar al-Awlaki Battalion » named after radical cleric.
ISIS has officially formed a battalion of English-speaking militants to target the West. The “Anwar al-Awlaki Battalion” has been created for the sole purpose of carrying out attacks abroad using fighters who have attended one of ISIS’ training camps.
It is named after the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by drone strikes in 2011 and remains hugely popular with militants. ISIS has referenced al-Awlaki in propaganda videos. Militants often share his photo and quotes on social media.
Reportedly, one of the two Kouachi brothers who attacked the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo met with al-Awlaki.The “Anwar al-Awlaki Battalion” has been formed to ensure that ISIS makes good on its threat to execute Jihad against the West for its bombing campaign.
Informants from the group Raqqa Is Being Silently Slaughtered reported on the development in ISIS’ capital city of Raqqa.
One foreign fighter told an informant:
lly, the orders have been issued to implement an armed operation within my country. I am now ready to return to my town and carry out operations, now I am able to Jihad in Europe.
Raqqa Is Being Silently Slaughtered is a network of people who report on the evils of ISIS in Raqqa. Informants maintain their anonymity to ensure their safety. They remain in contact with members who have left Syria and feed information to them.
According to the International Business Times, “The most immediate threat to Europe and the West comes from foreign fighters who have trained with ISIS in Iraq and Syria and then return to launch operations in their homelands.”