Al-Shabaab Reportedly Releases Recruitment Video Using Footage of Donald Trump

Leah Barkoukis
Posted: Jan 02, 2016 5:30 PM
Al-Shabaab Reportedly Releases Recruitment Video Using Footage of Donald Trump

Less than a month after Hillary Clinton falsely claimed Donald Trump was being used as a recruitment tool in ISIS propaganda videos, al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, has reportedly released a recruitment film about America’s long history of racism and discrimination. A clip of Donald Trump is used in the film, as well as footage of police shootings and violence against African Americans in Baltimore and Ferguson. This type of treatment is what awaits American Muslims, the video claims.  

Fox News reports:

Al-Shabaab’s video criticizes racism in the U.S. and anti-Muslim rhetoric and specifically targets Trump’s plan to ban all foreign Muslims from entering the U.S, according toSITE Intelligence Group. The presidential contender was shown receiving cheers from the crowds when he announced his plan.

Reuters reported the footage appears between clips of former militant leader Anwar al-Awlaki, saying Muslims in the U.S. would have to choose between fighting the West or leaving for Islamic countries. Al-Awlaki was killed in an American drone strike in 2011.

An Islamist militant organization, al-Kataib Media Foundation, circulated the video on Twitter Friday, according to SITE. The New York Times reported the video was part of a series dedicated to alleged Somali-American extremists from Minnesota and another from Canada who died fighting for the terror group in Somali.

In the video, al-Awlaki said the U.S. was reeling over its “malignant hatred” of Islam. American Muslims were warned of “dark clouds” gathering on their horizons.

Despite multiple media outlets reporting the 51-minute video, CNN said they could not independently confirm the authenticity of the film.

Trump’s campaign has not commented on the video yet.