ISIS Supporter Creates Animated ISIS Videos, Scenes From Terror Attacks In The West Using Video Game Grand Theft Auto V

February 24, 2017

On November 18, 2016, an English-speaking ISIS supporter created a closed Telegram channel dedicated to distributing YouTube links to his machinima video clips, created from off-the-shelf real-time 3D engines generally from popular video games, in this case the well-known franchise Grand Theft Auto V.

A video recreates the aftermath of Nice attack.

The Telegram channel, “Al-Haqq Grand Theft Auto Videos,” has 152 members and contains dozens of the machinima videos. The ISIS supporter, who administers the channel and creates the videos, also shares ISIS content on the channel, such as the English version of the magazine Rumiyah. He is in contact with another ISIS supporter who has created similar videos.

A video shows a child executing a prisoner.

The videos he produces imitate or are in the style of official ISIS video productions, using ISIS nasheeds in the background, along with sound effects and editing that are in line with ISIS media standards. One video creates several imaginary scenes from actual ISIS terror attacks in the West – the November 13, 2015 attack at the Bataclan theater in Paris, the July 14, 2016 attack in Nice, and the March 22, 2016 bombing in the Brussels Metro.

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