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ISIS Says Donald Trump's Win Will Make Its Job Easier

| by Sheena Vasani

A top ISIS commander says President-elect Donald Trump's win will make it easier for the group to rally support and carry out more terrorist attacks worldwide.

"This guy is a complete maniac," Abu Omar Khorasani, who leads the group in Afghanistan, told Reuters, the Daily Mail reports. "His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands."

Khorasani also said ISIS was shocked Americans elected Trump, saying it considers him to be more of an infidel with less of a brain than President Barack Obama.

"Our leaders were closely following the U.S. election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so," Khorasani added.

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In 2015, Trump sparked international controversy after proposing a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

He later backtracked, instead calling for a temporary suspension of Muslims coming from certain countries that have a "history" of "exporting terrorism."

ISIS now plans to use Trump and his comments as a propaganda tool to help it target and recruit Muslim youth in the West.

Although Trump has tried to reverse his original stance to varying degrees, some terrorism experts say ISIS may be successful in this new approach.

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"Militants will still use those quotes," said Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre. "The key thing militant groups, particularly [ISIS] and al-Qaida, depend on for recruitment purposes is convincing Muslims in the Western world that the West hates them and won't ever accept them as part of their society."

Already many Muslim-Americans say they are terrified since Trump's win and believe the country may turn against them, the Independent reports.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations explains there have been “tremendous levels of fear given the anti-Muslim rhetoric we have seen from Donald Trump during this campaign.”

“This rhetoric is nothing new,” he added. “What is new is how far he has gone with it. That is the shocking thing.”

Some Muslims in the U.S. already have reported cases of harassment since Trump's victory.

Maha Abdul Gawad said she was out shopping on Nov. 9 when a woman came up to her and pulled of her hijab.

“This is not allowed anymore, so go hang yourself with it around your neck not on your head," the woman allegedly told Abdul Gawad.

Sources: Daily Mail, Independent / Photo credit: The Speaker via Day Donaldson/Flickr

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