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EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis In Syria Solicit Funds On Telegram In Bitcoin To Reinforce Military Facilities
On December 4, 2017, a jihadi Telegram channel circulated a graphic soliciting funds for the mujahideen in Syria.
Al-Shabab Issues Statement Following Trump Declaration On Jerusalem: ‘We Urge All Muslims To Take Up Arms’
On December 6, 2017, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem (Al-Quds in Arabic) as the capital of Israel, the spokesman of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Ali Dhiri, issued a statement to its news agency Shahada News calling for Muslims to take up weapons and conquer Jerusalem by force.
ISIS Supporters Distribute Graphic Threatening Attack In Amsterdam On New Year’s Day
On December 1, 2017, a pro-ISIS Telegram user shared a graphic showing Kalverstraat street in Amsterdam with an ISIS flag flying over it and threatening an attack to come. The caption, which reads “Flames of War – Very Soon in Your Homes,” references a recent ISIS video which promises to bring the flames of war to the lands of the movement’s enemies.
Al-Qaeda Condemns Trump’s Statement On Jerusalem; ‘The Surest And Shortest Way To Confront The Aggression And Arrogance Of America, The Pharaoh Of This Age, Is Through Jihad’
On December 7, 2017, Al-Qaeda’s central leadership released a statement in reaction to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The statement, released in Arabic and English via Al-Qaeda’s media wing Al-Sahab, calls upon Muslims worldwide to wage in jihad against America “by targeting its vital interests and the interests of its Zionist and Crusader allies everywhere,” and to “declare a war with no respite against the nations of disbelief.” (by memri org)

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