ISIS Posts Christmas Hit List - Including US Churches - During Holiday Services

Herman Weaver
December 24, 2016

The Islamic State urged its followers to attack US churches and published names and addresses of thousands of prospective targets, according to a report in the news website Vocativ.

The announcement was posted in the "Secrets of Jihadis" social media group on the Telegram app on Wednesday night.

The post, under the name Abu Marya al-Iraqi, said the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, hopes to tap lone wolf attackers to "turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie", Vocativ reports.

Another user announced ISIS plans to hold "bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year" at the targeted churches. In the liturgical calendar, the Christian New Year is the first Sunday in Advent, which has already passed (November 27). But Advent is the period leading up to Christmas, so the terrorists might mean December 25 as "Christian New Year".

The information on US churches was based on information already available online and includes a public directory of churches across all 50 states, Vocativ said.

ISIS has previously published lists of the names, photos and addresses of US service members, urging attacks by their supporters. Vocativ did not publish the list of churches but said it included houses of worship in every state.

In another group post, a member called on "the sons of Islam" to target not only churches but also "well-known hotels, crowded coffee shops, streets, markets and public places".

Of course, the names and addresses of churches are not secret, so compiling the list was not a hard exercise; the message it sends is more important than the data, especially in the wake of Berlin's Christmas Market massacre.

The ISIS has published such lists before.

The terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday.

The suspect is now the subject of a massive manhunt in Germany.

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