Al Qaeda is using white supremacist and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to recruit potential terrorists to its cause. The latest issue of the al Qaeda-affiliated newspaper al-Masra features a large photo of Bannon and refers to comments he has made against Islam.
“Congrats #SteveBannon for being [the] lead story with [the] headline ‘the war is with Islam as religion,'” Dr. Elisabeth Kendall, a senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford University, sarcastically tweeted.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 1, 2017
Experts have criticized the Trump administration for helping to create radical propaganda. “If you are serious about defeating ISIS, the last thing you want to do is portray the fight as Islam vs. the West,” ISIS: A History author Fawaz Gerges told CNN.
“Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America — it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq, and even Syria — but this has really refocused attention on America itself,” Kendall told ThinkProgress.
— Elisabeth Kendall (@Dr_E_Kendall) February 19, 2017