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More ISIS attacks in USA

Forecasts are for more attacks and an increase in recruiting by radical groups.


"Al-Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials," he told Reuters.

Perceived Western hatred key to recruiting

Trump's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the statements from the militants. Even if Trump tones down his anti-Muslim comments when he takes office in January, analysts say his statements during the campaign trail were enough to fuel the militants' propaganda machine.

"Militants will still use those quotes," said Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre. "The key thing militant groups, particularly Islamic State and al-Qaeda, depend on for recruitment purposes is convincing Muslims in the Western world that the West hates them and won't ever accept them as part of their society."

A senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan said the group, whose resurgence is undermining efforts to end America's longest war, had kept track of all of Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim comments.

"If he does what he warned in his election campaign, I am sure it will provoke Muslim Ummah [community] across the world and jihadi organizations can exploit it," said the militant leader, who declined to be identified because of strict Taliban policy that only its official spokesman can make statements.

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Re: More ISIS attacks in USA

Another prediction by those who said Trump could never win. Guess we better tighten up our immigration and keep the animals out.

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Re: More ISIS attacks in USA

The article kind of changes arguments in mid-stream.  Besides, let them quote.  What they can't find they'll simply make up.  As a result, what one says should have concern with how others take it out of context.