The Islamic State (ISIS) called on its supporters Sunday to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe by taking advantage of the “opportunity” created by the war in Ukraine.
The message comes more than two months after President Joe Biden announced former ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hachimi al-Quorachi had been killed in an American special forces operation in northwestern Syria.
“We are announcing, relying on God, a blessed campaign to take revenge,” ISIS spokesman Abu Omar al-Mouhajir said in regard to al-Quorachi’s death. Al-Mouhajir told supporters to seize the “opportunity” of the “crusader fight,” in reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The terrorist organization declared a “global offensive” against Europe and Israel.
Al-Mouhajir said it is a good time to strike Europe because non-Muslim nations are “preoccupied” with the conflict in Ukraine.
The leader also told its supporters to “follow their path and arm themselves with weapons and carry out further attacks,” after citing a March attack in Israel. ISIS claimed the attack that left two Border Police dead in Hadera
ISIS celebrated the war in Ukraine in mid-February, saying it would be “punishment” for countries of “disbelieving Christians,” according to Le Figaro.