ISIS Kill List Names Clinton Aide, Congressman

| by Nik Bonopartis
Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin.Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin.

The first Muslim congressman in U.S. history, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and two British ministers were included in a "kill list" published by the ISIS's propaganda magazine.

The hit list was published in the April 13 issue of Dabiq, which the Clarion Project calls ISIS's "glossy propaganda magazine." Dabiq is "sophisticated, slick, beautifully produced and printed in several languages including English," according to Clarion, which notes that the magazine's primary audience is potential recruits in the West.

In the April issue's feature, ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) names 21 "apostates" it says should be killed. Among them is Huma Abedin, the longtime aide and protege to Clinton, and wife of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, the New York Post reports. The Michigan-born Abedin is a Muslim and speaks fluent Arabic.

The propaganda magazine also names Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim American elected to congress.

While a spokesman for Clinton's campaign told the New York Post that he had no comment on the ISIS kill list, Ellison -- described by the terrorist group as a "politically active apostate" -- issued a statement calling ISIS a "collection of liars, murderers, torturers and rapists," according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"No Muslim I know recognizes what they preach as Al-Islam," Ellison wrote.

"The fact that I'm on [ISIS's] bad side means I am fighting for things like justice, tolerance, and a more inclusive world," he added.

Ellison also noted that he has taken precautions in light of the threat and has notified the Capitol Police, as well as the federal government's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In the Dabiq article describing the kill list, the authors of the propaganda piece wrote that the alleged apostates named should be given "a painful — and fatal — punishment."

The list also included Muslim leaders from the U.K., Canada and Australia, according to Clarion.

Among the British leaders named were Sayeeda Warsi, an attorney who became the first Muslim woman to serve on the prime minister's cabinet, and Sajid Javid, a former member of Parliament and current Secretary of Business in Prime Minister David Cameron's administration. Both are noted critics of ISIS.

"The list shows the extent of [ISIS's] adherence to the doctrine of takfir," Clarion wrote, "which enables them to brand any Muslim who does not submit to their authority and hold by their interpretation of Islam a heretic worthy of death."

Sources: The Clarion Project [2], St. Paul Pioneer-Press, New York Post / Photo credit: Funny Or Die via Twitter

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