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Jihadi Twitter Celebrates And Criticizes Tsarnaev Verdict

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Ivan Plis Reporter, Daily Caller News Foundation

Online supporters of Islamic terrorist organizations responded vehemently to Friday’s announcement of a death penalty verdict against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan used plans for pressure cooker bombs published in Inspire, the online English-language magazine circulated by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Despite the ongoing rivalry between al-Qaida and Islamic State, adherents of several groups tweeted their solidarity within minutes of the verdict’s announcement. (RELATED: Boston Bomber Sentenced To DEATH)

A number of Twitter users prayed that Tsarnaev would be accepted by God as a “shaheed,” the Arabic word for “martyr.”

Others pointed out that in their interpretation of Islam, Tsarnaev had nothing to fear, mocking the U.S. Department of Justice for its assumption that death is a punishment.

Writing in Arabic, one user wrote that “the tyrant court of Boston, God curse them, has ruled the death penalty for our brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev… O God, be with him — God his patience, God his reliance.”

And several users compared Tsarnaev’s execution for killing innocents in Boston to the lack of accountability for perceived American war crimes in the Muslim world, including the drone strike that killed 16-year-old U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki.

Some American critics of the death penalty against Tsarnaev have said that killing him would only glorify him as a martyr for the jihadi cause.

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