One of the New York Times’s top reporters from Iraq says that ISIS militants in Iraq are “celebrating” Trump’s ban on Muslim visitors.
Rukmini Callimachi is a well-regarded reporter who covers terrorism related topics at the newspaper.
She also frequently shares her observations on Twitter.
She is currently in eastern Mosul, Iraq, which is now under the control of the Iraqi government.
Yesterday on Twitter she wrote:
I reported here in Nov/Dec of last year. Guess what’s different on this trip? Everywhere I go, Iraqis want to ask about the visa ban.
I’ve been asked about it by officers of the elite CTS division who speak fluent English and who work with US special forces.
On the banks of the Tigris, I was quizzed on the ban by Mohammed, with Iraq’s Federal Police, himself a former interpreter for US forces
But here’s the best part. Guess who else is talking about it? ISIS is, according to a resident of W. Mosul my translator reached by cell
My translator reached the resident at 2 am. ISIS is forbidding people under their rule to have phones. Resident hid his. Calls at night
The resident said ISIS has been openly celebrating the ban. They’ve even coined a phrase for it: الحظر المبارك Or “The Blessed Ban”
Why are they calling it a “Blessed Ban?” Because ISIS sees this as *their* doing. They succeeded in scaring the daylight out of America
ISIS, according to this resident of Western Mosul, thinks their terror tactic worked. They frightened the most powerful man in the world
And they are celebrating, he says, because it proves to their followers that America really does “hate” Islam.
The term they’re using – “a blessed ban” – reminds me of what Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, spiritual founder of ISIS said about the 03 invasion.
In other words, Trump has played directly into the hands of the terrorists.
Last year ISIS also featured Trump in one of their videos, quoting him saying the terrorist group had turned Brussels into “an absolute horror show”.
No doubt they’ll now want to push him further into a clash of civilisations