Online Jihadis Tweet Footage Of U.S. Marines Arriving In Yemen, Along With A Call To Target Them: ‘An Opportunity For The Mujahideen To Taste… White Meat’
Twitter, begun as an online social networking and micro-blogging service in English in 2006, has since gained popularity in other languages, including Arabic across the Arab and Muslim world. Recent research on Twitter users shows that Arabic is now the fastest-growing language on the site, with the number of Arabic-language tweets 22 times greater than it was a year ago. One segment of this group is members of jihadi and terrorist organizations.
As part of their online media strategy, jihadi organizations have in recent years begun using Western websites and technologies – uploading videos to YouTube and to the Internet Archive, creating official Facebook pages, and, lately, “tweeting” news flashes from the jihadi fronts (see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 849, “HASHTAG #Jihad: Charting Jihadi-Terrorist Organizations’ Use Of Twitter,” June 21, 2012, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6470.htm).
One notable example of how online jihadis are using Twitter against the U.S. military is a jihadi’s tweet linking to a YouTube video with footage of what were identified as U.S. Marines arriving in Port Salif, in western Yemen, on June 30, 2012. The tweet, from an account registered to one “Abu ‘Abd Al-Rahman” (@zoom6061), noted that the Marines’ arrival was “an opportunity for the
Abu ‘Abd Al-Rahman’s Twitter page
The linked video includes a segment of a clip aired by the Al-Masira TV channel with what it calls exclusive footage showing U.S. troops, some of whom can be heard speaking English, gathering at Port Salif and walking around with their military gear prior to boarding a bus. The poor-quality footage appears to have been filmed with a cell phone, likely without the knowledge of those being filmed.
U.S. soldiers boarding a bus and U.S. soldier speaking to a local
It should be noted that numerous other jihadis, among them “ansaruddin,” re-Tweeted the post.
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 MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 798, “Second-Tier Al-Qaeda Activists Embrace Twitter for Online Jihad: The Case of the Ansarullah Blog,”
February 9, 2012, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6072.htm
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