(INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT) In last week's Islamic State (ISIS) newsletter, the group referred to the COVID-19 pandemic as divine intervention intended to inflict "painful torment" against "crusader nations," German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reports.
Jihadists often use the term "crusader nations" when talking about the West and Israel. ISIS expressed joy to see the West "on the verge of a great economic catastrophe" because of major government-imposed disruptions to economic and social life.
While the international community works to contain the pandemic, the Islamic State is seeking to exploit the Coronavirus crisis. There is growing concern among experts that the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq will divert its focus on counterterrorism as member states remain distracted by COVID-19.
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