Al Qaeda, Isis and other JIHADI groups on Sunday celebrated the Trump administration’s ban on travel JIHADI groups have lauded President Trump’s “blessed” travel ban because it will drive a wedge between the US and its Muslim citizens. Isis-friendly channels on Telegram described the ban as “blessed”, echoing how the US’ 2003 invasion of Iraq was called a “blessed invasion” for reinvigorating anti-US sentiment in the region.
One user greeted the news of the so-called ‘Muslim ban’ as “the best caller to Islam,” hoping it will draw Muslim Americans to their cause. Several posts suggested that the prediction of Anwar al-Awlaki – a US-born al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen in 2011 – that “the West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens” was coming true.
“The ban plays into this clash of civilisations idea, which is something that global jihadis need as fuel, to claim Americans are against them, that the West is against them,” Dr Renad Mansour, a fellow from the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, told The Independent.
“Trump is seen to be validating what they already claimed was happening.”
Politicians and other officials have expressed concern that the hastily implemented legislation will fuel JIHADI narratives and help inspire new recruits.
“The effect will probably in some areas give Isis some more propaganda,” Republican Senator John McCain told CBS on Sunday.
‘Lumping Iraq with Iran, right now we have several thousand Americans who are fighting in Iraq against ISIS alongside Iraqi military men and women.“The Battle of Mosul has taken an enormous toll on the Iraqi military. Is Iraq the same as Iran is? Of course not.
“It’s been a very confusing process, I’m glad that it’s a pause, but we’ve got to understand the ramifications of this kind of action.
“I think the effect will probably in some areas give ISIS some more propaganda. But I’m very concerned about our effect on the Iraqis right now. The dominant influence in Iraq today is not the United States of America, it’s Iran.”
Javad Zarif – the foreign minister of Iran, one of the countries affected – tweeted that the US’ ‘Muslim ban’ “will be recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters.”