ISIS Calls for ‘All-Out War’ on West During Ramadan

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) called for an “all-out war” on the West during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Friday evening, just days after it claimed the Manchester suicide-bomb attack that left 22 people dead.

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in August 2016, had made similar calls for attacks ahead of the holy month in the past two years. This year’s message comes again via audio channel, but it is unclear if it was delivered by Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, the group’s new spokesman and Adnani’s successor.

Circulated on ISIS’s official Nashir channels on encrypted messaging app Telegram, the Arabic-language audio message and accompanying slideshow directs the latest propaganda message to its “soldiers” and calls for attacks on Western “homes, their markets, their roads and their forums.” It said the “targeting of civilians is beloved to us and the most effective…may you get great reward in Ramadan.”

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