Following US President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about banning Muslims from entering the United States, terrorist organisations have seized his clip as part of their propaganda videos.
According to a report by SITE monitoring group, al-Kataib Media Foundation, an Islamist militant organisation under al-Shabaab, released a recruitment film in the form of a documentary about racial injustice in the United States featuring Trump’s recent call to ban all Muslims from the country.
Trump, the billionaire developer and former reality TV star, was shown in the 51-minute film making his case for America to ban all Muslims from the country as his supporters cheered.
The footage of Trump appeared between two clips of militant leader Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, saying Muslims in the United States would face a choice between leaving for Islamic countries or staying at home to fight the West.
Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States has been widely condemned by American politicians. It has also provoked an international uproar and led to criticism by opposition Politicians such as Democratic Party forerunner Hilary Clinton, whose media group have vehemently refused to back down from the criticism that Donald Trump’s comments would only serve to aid the propagandist agenda of terrorist groups.
The inclusion of Trump’s quote is not the first time the Islamic terror organisations have sought to drum up the clash of civilisations with the West. For instance, Dabiq, Al-Qaeda’s publication, often cites comments by President Obama and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, among other U.S. politicians in its propagandist publications online.
Al-Shabaab, which seeks to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law, has links to al-Qaeda and has carried out attacks in Kenya and Ethiopia. Its leaders recently pledged allegiance to IS.