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ISIS Threatens To Down U.S. Jets In Video, Invites U.S. To Send Ground Troops To Raqqa, Syria
On September 5, 2017, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa, Syria released a video threatening to down U.S. jets and calling on the U.S. to either stop the war or send ground troops to Raqqa.
Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Distributes Guide No. 4 In How-To Series For Lone Wolves – Focusing On Nighttime AttacksOn September 6, 2017, the Ansarul Haqq Telegram channel distributed the fourth in its “Knights Of Lone Jihad” series of guides for strategy and tactics; this one focused on nighttime attacks.
Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Suggests Targeting Smaller Cities In UK
On September 4, 2017, the administrator of a pro-ISIS Telegram channel posted a message suggesting jihadi fighters need to target smaller cities in the UK such as Liverpool, Blackpool, and Sunderland, instead of bigger European cities like London, Paris, and Barcelona, where the security is tighter.
Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Suggests Lone Wolves Poison Food In Malls With Cyanide
On September 3, 2017, the Furat Wilayah Telegram channel released the third installment of the “Knights Of Lone Jihad” guide, which focused on the use of poisons.(by memri.org)

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