Al Qaeda- and ISIS-linked publications adopt Khashoggi as martyr

· November 29, 2018  
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Illustration of Jamal Khashoggi and Osama bin Laden
Bosch Fawstin

Terrorist groups have now openly adopted slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi as one of their own. Al Qaeda- and ISIS-linked publications are now hoisting up the controversial Islamist activist as a martyr for their causes.

Al Masra, the publication produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), put out a new edition this week focusing on Khashoggi’s plight and the supposedly evil Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS).

Additionally, an ISIS-linked media outfit, Abd al-Faqir Media group, is spreading a propaganda poster depicting MBS smiling while holding a chainsaw in front of a helpless Khashoggi.

Al Qaeda and ISIS staunchly oppose and have declared war against the Saudi monarchy (under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince MBS), which is currently seeking to put down Islamist uprisings that threaten Riyadh and its neighbors.

To those who have tracked Khashoggi’s Islamist projects, it won’t come as much of a surprise that terrorist groups are now adopting him as one of their own. Mr. Khashoggi, the supposed champion of democracy (as depicted in the legacy media), had two goals in life, as expressed in his Arabic writings. Using the facade of democracy, he sought to fan the flames of Islamist-backed revolutions throughout the Middle East, targeting Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, among others. He was also committed to Israel’s destruction, praying that it would one day “die by force” at the hands of Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Khashoggi was also a lifelong defender of al Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam and remained close with Osama bin Laden right up until the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Al Qaeda and ISIS have now claimed Jamal Khashoggi as their holy martyr. It remains to be seen whether the legacy media will finally come to terms with who the real Khashoggi was. Or will these outlets continue to spread misinformation on behalf of foreign regimes (such as Qatar, Iran, and Turkey) and advance the sycophantic Khashoggi “champion of democracy” narrative?


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.