The newly-released edition of Islamic State’s English-language magazine contains condemnation of fleeing Syrian refugees — and a threat to two new hostages.
Dabiq, the magazine which Islamic State issues online at regular intervals, is one of the jihadi group’s quickest ways of responding to the news and promoting its latest videos. The newest edition, released this week, includes references to Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old refugee whose dead body washed up on a Turkish beach at the peak of the European migrant crisis.
The terrorists refer to the migration of thousands of Syrians and other refugees as a “dangerous trip to the lands of the war-waging crusaders ruled by laws of atheism and indecency.” Since they have set up their version of an ideal Islamic society, it is a “major sin” to leave for Europe, where Muslims “are under the constant threat of fornication, sodomy, drugs, and alcohol.”
Dabiq’s latest issue also includes the announcement of two new hostages in the group’s captivity: a Norwegian citizen named Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad and a Chinese citizen named Fan Jinghui. The pages showcasing their captivity include an Iraqi cell phone number, directing “whoever would like to pay the ransom for [their] release” to get in touch.