On the evening of March 1, 2011, Arid Uka, an Albanian Muslim living in Germany, was online looking at YouTube videos. Like many before him, he watched a jihadist video begrudging the gruesome rape of a Muslim woman by U.S. soldiers—a clip edited and posted on YouTube for jihadi propaganda purposes. Within hours of watching the video, Uka boarded a bus at Frankfurt Airport where he killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded two others with a handgun.
In the second episode of the IS' video series "Lend Me Your Ears," British captive John Cantlie spoke on the 9/11 anniversary speech delivered by U.S. President Barack Obama, focusing on the build-up to war against the IS. The 5 minute, 34 second video was produced by the IS' al-Furqan Media Foundation, and was distributed on Twitter on September 29, 2014.
On September 26, 2014, Alton Nolen attacked two women, decapitating one, at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, Oklahoma. In a review of Nolen's Facebook profile, which is listed under the alias "Jah'Keem Yisrael," his first post appears to have been on February 16, 2009, and his last on September 24, 2014.
In the last two days, Washington, along with various media outlets, have been reporting on the "Khurasan Group," a shadowy terrorist cell in Syria in its later stages of an attack plot against an unspecified Western target(s). It seemed to come out of nowhere; America, in launching what has been specifically branded as a war on the Islamic State (IS), claims a victorious aerial attack against a group no one has ever heard of.
The truth, however, is that virtually everyone around the world has heard about this group, more likely by its other name: al-Qaeda (AQ).
Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria beheaded its French hostage, Hervé Gourdel, after having given a 24-hour deadline for French President Francois Hollande to stop airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS).