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French- and English-speaking jihad fighters and their wives, mostly Islamic State (ISIS) members based in Syria and Iraq, were ecstatic at the January 7, 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Following is a review of notable reactions.
The French-speaking Jihadi fighters reacted joyously at the news of the attack and its revenge for the blasphemous acts of the cartoonists, and called for more attacks against the West. They also criticized and leveled accusations against Muslims in the West for their reactions of support for the victims of the attack. Few tweets mentioned the doubt about whether Al-Qaeda or ISIS was behind the attack; the focus was on praising the attack as revenge for Islam in general.
K&K Almouhadjir(a), (@kalmouhadjir2), an ISIS fighter and his wife residing in Islamic State controlled territory in Syria, tweeted: “Who said mujahidin had no sense of humor,” with a photo of a Kalashnikov and a note stating, “From Syria with love, bye bye Charlie!”
@kalmouhadjir2, January 8, 2015
Several supporters and fighters tweeted and retweeted a photo that had been widely disseminated in the summer of 2014 by French ISIS fighters in Syria in reaction to French involvement in the coalition against ISIS: “Oh France, the soldiers of the Islamic state are among you: ready and armed.”
@kalmouhadjir2, January 8, 2015
AbZeyd l’Andaloussy (@jsaispastrop_), a young French jihadi fighter in Syria who had immigrated there with his parents and siblings, tweeted: “Just as they kill us with their soldiers in our home, we kill them in theirs”; “May Allah break the backs of the hypocrites who support those who insult the messenger!” “The French brothers have finally answered the call. May Allah reward our brothers that have avenged the insults on the prophet! Amin.” Upon first learning of the attack, Abu Zeyd tweeted, “Allah Akbar! Make them tremble!”
@jsaispastrop_, January 8, 2015.
French ISIS fighter Abu Mikail Al Faransy (@aak94500) tweeted four photos under the title: “What causes joy to real Muslims: the ‘Carbon Hebdo party’ and terror in the hearts of the infidels.” The photos are of himself holding a Kalashnikov, and each one is inscribed with a different message: “Happy new year and……. best wishes to Charlie Hebdo for this marvelous year without them”; “Hey Charb [murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier]! We promise you not freedom of speech but the freedom to burn with your girlfriends in hell”; “As for the Muslims who do not rejoice at this wonderful event on this wonderful Wednesday, just wait for Allah to resurrect you with our famous journalists of Carbon Hebdo”; “Oh I almost forgot, our best smiles for your passage to the world beyond.”
@aak94500, January 8, 2015.
Abu Taha (@aboutahadesign), ISIS fighter and media operative, designed and published an image of murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Charbonnier next to a Koran verse justifying the killing, tweeting it along with the message, “A great day for freedom of expression. So I decided to express myself!”
@aboutahadesign, January 8, 2015.