Grieving ISIS Supporters Promise To Avenge Death Of Al-Adnani

'Yes, the heart is sad and the eye is crying, but the jihad continues,' say ISIS supporters

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photo, courtesy the U.S. Department of State. — REUTERS
Aug 30, 2016 at 4:54 PM ET

ISIS supporters online are grieving for Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman and one of its leading figures who was killed in the battle near Aleppo.

An ISIS-affiliated user affiliated circulated a call to tweet using the hashtag #TheMartyrdomOfSheikhAdnani  to commemorate Adnani. ISIS supporters previously used the hashtag to share speeches by Adnani, including his latest, in which he called upon “soldiers and supporters of the Caliphate in Europe and America” to attack civilians in their homes.

Other supporters shared the hashtag calling for revenge inside America: “To the believers in America, don’t let what happened to go unanswered, make them regret,” or said that “the Jihad will never stop with the martyrdom of a leader, we swear you will regret, the worshipers of the cross”. Another one swore that “the lions of monotheism (a name for ISIS and other jihadis) would extract payment twofold in the nation of the cross [Christians]. We lost a leader, but earned a martyr.”

On Telegram, a user named Abu Baraa wrote “does America think it will win by killing Shishani or Adnani of the Caliph (Baghdad) may Allah protect him?”

“Yes, the heart is sad and the eye is crying,” wrote one supporter “but the jihad continues.” Another one added “Islam didn’t end with the death of the beloved (Muhammad) and the jihad in our time didn’t end with the death of Sheikh Osama (Bin Laden). Islam is getting stronger with the blood of the martyrs.”