ISIL seeks to recruit African Americans after Baton Rouge, Dallas attacks

by WorldTribune Staff, July 18, 2016

Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) aimed its propaganda machine at “the black community” in the United States after attacks on police in Baton Rouge and Dallas.

Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge on July 17. /AP
Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge on July 17. /AP

Jihadists on pro-ISIL social media channels urged African Americans to “join their version of Islam to help wage war on the U.S. government,” the SITE intel watchdog group reported.

Two Baton Rouge Police Department officers and one East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy were killed in a shooting on July 17 in the Louisiana capital. Two other deputies and a Baton Rouge officer were wounded in the shooting.

ISIL propaganda churned out similar statements following the attack on Dallas police by Micah Xavier Johnson, who was said to be “upset about Black Lives Matter” and “recent police shootings.”

“It’s only Allah’s Shari’ah that doesn’t distinguish between mankind only by their deeds, not by their skin color or sect,” one ISIL message read.

At least one occurrence of Black Lives Matter members reaching out to ISIL was reported prior to the Dallas and Baton Rouge shootings. The Facebook post said that using the name of the terror group would bring more attention to the Black Lives Matter cause.