Deaf fighters are recruiting Muslims in Europe to join the Islamic caliphate through sign-language in a video released by the Islamic State Sunday.
Purportedly working as traffic police inside the terrorist organization’s territory, the two fighters deliver a message on jihad, accompanied by English and Arabic subtitles.
The video, titled “From Who Excused To Those Not Excused,” is an attempt to demonstrate ordinary life under the Islamic State and recruit other impaired fighters, according to analysts who spoke to NBC:
The video “represents an attempt by the group to recruit other physically or otherwise impaired individuals, as well as demonstrates the multifaceted responsibilities of those in its ranks,” said Alex Kassirer, a researcher at Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm and NBC News consultant. It shows that “even traffic police in the Islamic State have a dual functionality, also serving in military roles.”
The fighters mention the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, Iraq, suggesting the video was filmed in this location. It ends with the successful launching of rockets, seemingly sending the message that even the physically impaired are able to contribute to the Islamic State’s militant campaign.
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