VARIOUS: Photo of apparent homemade bombs posted to Twitter of purported UK ISIL recruit
- Title: VARIOUS: Photo of apparent homemade bombs posted to Twitter of purported UK ISIL recruit
- Date: 3rd July 2014
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2014) (REUTERS) MAN USING COMPUTER MAN USING TWITTER HANDS TYPING
- Reuters ID: LVA7MPOMLRY3SUI2U2TNVZ8XNV58
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Duration: 00:00:23
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- Topics: Crime
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- Story Text: The Twitter account belonging to a purported British recruit to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] on Tuesday (July 1) posted a photo of apparent homemade bombs.
The photograph posted by user Abulmuthana AlYemeni on the social media website shows fifteen sealed containers with the caption: "So the UK is afraid I come back with the skills I've gained".
The user describes himself as "[a] soldier of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham A book that guides and a sword that supports it".
British media reports that the account is linked to 20-year-old Nasser Muthana, who featured in a video released by ISIL on June 19 calling for new recruits.
In the online footage, a soldier reported to be Muthana captioned with the name "Abu Muthanna Al Yemeni" asks others from abroad to join the group.
"Oh you who believe, answer the call of Allah and his messenger when he calls you to what gives you life. [unknown] says that what gives you life is jihad, and know by Allah that this is the land of jihad and the land of [unknown]; the land of living. We have brothers from Bangladesh, from Iraq, from Cambodia, Australia, UK, we'venothing has gathered us accept to make Allah [unknown]'s word the highest. That's all we've came for," he said.
Alarming regional and world powers, the ISIL claimed universal authority on Monday (June 30), declaring its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was now caliph of the Muslim world - a mediaeval title last widely recognized in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One.
The move, at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, follows a three-week drive for territory by ISIL militants and allies among Iraqi's Sunni Muslim minority. The caliphate aims to erase colonial-era borders and defy the U.S.- and Iranian-backed government of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad.
It also poses a direct challenge to the global leadership of al Qaeda, which disowned ISIL, and to conservative Gulf Arab Sunni rulers, who already view the group as a security threat.
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