A pro-ISIS media group continued its online verbal jihad against the Vatican and Christmas today with a threat accompanied by an image of a jihadist and a wolf overlooking St. Peter's Square.
On Tuesday, the Wafa' Media Foundation released an image of smoke rising from Rome with a fighter jet overhead and a jihadist standing next to the sort of makeshift armored vehicle ISIS uses for suicide bombings in Iraq and Syria. "The date is approaching o worshippers of the cross," states the message on the image.
The ISIS magazine Rumiyah -- or Rome, reflecting the group's apocalyptic vision and ultimate plans to sack the Vatican -- hasn't published a new issue since September. Their early e-book detailing the Rome conquest strategy predicted mob bosses would put up tough resistance: "There is no doubt that if Muslims want to take over Italy, the Islamic State European fighters will have to ally with other militias to fight the Mafia before the conquest of Rome."
Today, Wafa' released the Vatican "wolf" image, with a backpack, rocket-propelled grenade and rifle at the jihadist's side as storm clouds gather over a twilight St. Peter's Square.
In a message to fellow jihadists, the group notes that "the crusaders' feast is approaching."
The message ran on with no punctuation: "Their convoys will crowd itself in front of you prepare and plan for them show them the meaning of terrorism kill them and do not hold back with your blood the reward is paradise and let them know that you are from an ummah [Muslim community] where mountains bow down to we will not forget our revenge for every drop of blood that they have shed we will not exclude the young, elderly or women you are all in the crosshairs of our arrows and what is about to come is more even worse."
Last week, the group released a "beheading" image of Pope Francis, with a jihadist standing over the orange-jumpsuited body of a prisoner with his hands behind his back, chest-down on the ground on a dirt street. The terrorist, clad in khaki with a white scarf covering his face, held a knife in one hand and touched the head that looked like Pope Francis -- propped on the back of the body -- with his other hand.
"Jorge Mario Bergoglio," the pope's name, was written next to the head.
The previous week, Wafa' circulated a poster depicting a vehicle moving toward the Vatican with a cache of weapons, vowing "Christmas blood."
"So wait..." were the only other words on the image, an illustration showing the point of view of an unseen driver as his BMW approached St. Peter's Basilica in the evening with an unobstructed view driving down Via della Conciliazione. In the passenger seat: a rifle, a handgun and a backpack. In the rearview mirror, a masked face. Read More