Just days after a spokesperson for the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, reportedly threatened to “raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” a photograph of an ISIS flag, held up on a smartphone, was snapped in front of the White House, reports ABC News.
The Secret Service says it is “aware” of the photo, which shows a hand holding up the image. It was reportedly tweeted on Aug. 9 from an account under the name @Sunna_rev, which has more than 2,900 followers. Past posts from Sunna_rev include the message, “To the #US Army Soldiers welcome to hell if you think about access to our land of #isis” and #AmessagefromISIStoUS We are in your state We are in your cities We are in your streets You are our goals anywhere.”
Messages like these are nothing new, and are largely ignored by many Americans. But this photo received considerable attention, mainly after it was retweeted several times with messages like, “We r here,” which was posted by a user named @shaiba_alhamad.
The photo made the rounds just a few days before a five-part documentary about ISIS created by Vice News was released online, reports Washington Times. In a series of interviews, members of the terrorist organization discuss why they proudly displayed the decapitated corpses of members of the Syrian regime, saying it was to send a strong message that the city is “firmly under ISIL control.”
“I say to America the Islamic Caliphate has been established and we will not stop,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for ISIL, told a reporter. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
Photo Credit: Sunna_rev/Twitter