One day after US intelligence sources warned that Al-Qaeda may be preparing for potential terrorist attacks in New York, Texas and Virginia, on Saturday the Islamic State called for the "slaughter" of U.S. voters on Election Day and demanded that Muslims not participate in the democratic process because "there is no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties in their “policies against Islam and Muslims."
Ritz Katz, director of terrorist monitoring group SITE Intelligence Group, said Saturday on Twitter that the threats appear in an essay carried by the Islamic State's Al Hayat media center that declares militants "have come to slaughter you and smash your ballot boxes."
"May Allah make this year’s U.S. presidential election a dreadful calamity like no other to have struck America throughout its pathetic history," the seven-page manifesto, entitled "The Murtadd Vote," read.
Murtadd is an apostate who turns his back on Islam. The essay, which uses lengthy religious arguments in an effort to justify such attacks, also declares there is no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties in their “policies against Islam and Muslims”
ISIS presented by Al Hayat media calls for attacks on U.S. voters on Election Day.
Katz posted excerpts on Twitter, saying ISIS was inciting attacks on Election Day "in an attempt to disrupt the election process and gain media attention."
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The full essay, in English, includes a photograph of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, as well as a photo Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in combat, holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution during his dramatic speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Meanwhile, federal authorities are reviewing information about the abovementioned potential interest by al-Qaeda to conduct attacks in the U.S. on the eve of Tuesday's elections, several federal and state law enforcement officials said Friday. The credibility of the threat, which identified New York, Virginia and Texas as locations, has not been established, one official told USA Today.
Beyond the general locations, there was no specific information on the possible form or targets of attacks, the official said. "The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States,'' the FBI said in a statement.