WARNING: The following article contains extremely graphic material some readers may find disturbing.
The second issue of Rumiyah, the Islamic State’s propaganda magazine, was recently published, and one of the featured articles, titled “Just Terror Tactics,” calls upon lone wolf jihadists all across the world to engage in stabbing attacks on “infidels.”
“Instead if using the term ‘Lone Wolf,’ we will refer to operations…as ‘just terror operations,’ ‘just’ being the adjective for for ‘justice,'” the article states.
The writer first offers an admonition to any potential jihadists to overcome their apprehension of murder:
“Many are often squeamish of the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh. It is a discomfort caused by the untamed, inherent dislike for pain and death, especially after ‘modernization’ distanced males from partaking in the slaughtering of livestock for food and the striking of the enemy in war. However, any such squirms and discomforts are never an excuse for abandoning jihad…”
As if that’s not disturbing enough, the writer then articulates how to carry out these attacks:
“One might ask why knives are a good option for an attack. Knives, while certainly not the only weapon for inflicting harm upon the kuffar, are widely available in every land, and thus readily accessible.”
He recommends “partially serrated blades” and also warns potential jihadists about knives that may “cause harm to the user,” such as folding knives or knives without hand guards.
Then come instructions on whom to kill, how to do it, and above all, why:
“As for choosing a target, then this is just like hunting prey,” according to the writer, who then suggests attacking those who are alone in parks, alleys, or on the beach. He recommends hitting organs and arteries, writing that “the wind pipe can be cut easily by slicing the throat, which is in direct implementation of Allah’s command…
The objective of a knife attack is to obtain a reasonable kill count, while equally–if not more importantly–to inflict terror on the Crusader citizens of the land in which the operation is carried out…the more gruesome the attack, the closer one comes to achieving the desired objective.”
Finally, the writer makes sure to note the necessity of leaving evidence behind:
“Lest the operation be mistaken for one of the many random acts of violence that plague the West, it is essential to leave some kind of evidence or insignia identifying the motive and allegiance to the Khalifah.”
Even understanding the modus operandi of the Islamic State — and knowing of their many atrocities — seeing their message in glossy print, written with such clinical casualness, is pretty chilling.