Islamic State-linked News Agency Calls For Vehicle, Knife Attacks in US

An Islamic State-linked media group has distributed images calling for knife and vehicle attacks within the United States, according to reports.

Nashir News Agency, which issued the call to violence Thursday, spread the content throughout numerous channels in the messaging app Telegram.

Terrorism analyst Michael S. Smith II posted to Twitter screenshots of the images, wich call on IS-sympathizers to “reply the call and stab them” as well as “run over them without mercy”.

“This material is simply amplifying calls for attack in the West dating back to September 2014, when then Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani called for attacks in Europe and the US, identifying, among other things, cars and knives as ideal weapons for attacks targeting police officers and civilians,” Smith says.

“Managers of Islamic State-linked Nashir News Telegram channels have distributed a Nashir-produced memo focused on the virtues of attaining ‘martyrdom,’” Smith says. “Nashir News channels have become initial points for distribution of official IS propaganda.”

“However, during recent months, there has been an increase in the distribution of Nashir-produced materials thereon.”

Smith notes that while Nashir has clear links to the Islamic State, the news group “was not acknowledged as playing an official role in Islamic State’s propaganda program” in a July 2016 video from the terrorist group detailing its structure.

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