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'Fanboys' Show Growing Support for ISIS in US

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 08:31 PM

The social media-savvy Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group is garnering a growing group of "fanboys" in the United States who post support on sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Thursday reported on a man who says he is from Chicago who posted a picture of himself with an ISIS logo on his shirt and a college student in Texas who has a website filled with ISIS banners.

One Twitter user, whose account has since been deleted, tweeted a picture of an ISIS logo on his cellphone just outside the White House with the words, "#AmessagefromUSto ISIS #AmessagefromISIStoUS we are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon"

Phillip Smyth of Jihadology.net told CNN the postings show growing support for ISIS in the United States.

"It's done to kind of play off of (the fact) that ISIS is everywhere," Smyth said. "They can reach their enemies."

Smyth said many of those making the postings are "posers," and have no affiliation with ISIS. More worrisome, said Smyth, are those keeping quiet about their pro-ISIS activities.

Many of the fanboys feel they are doing their part to spread the terror of ISIS.

"If I could fight with them I would," Abdallah Fatah told BuzzFeed.

"I do what I can for them. I believe in their world vision."

Fatah is among a group of ISIS fanboys living in Great Britain.

The government also is concerned about those who influence jihadists through social media without doing so directly.

One such person is Ahmad Jibril, a Dearborn, Michigan imam whose YouTube sermons are popular with foreign jihadists in Syria.

A King's College London report says Jibril isn't an ISIS member and he doesn't encourage his followers to pursue jihad, but his anti-American sermons serve to ignite ISIS members, CNN reported.

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