Psychological Warfare by Jihadists

Written by Andrew Linn on May 20, 2019

Several days ago, an Islamist made a video saying that he is in Canada to kill Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman whose conviction on charges of blasphemy was overturned and subsequently was given asylum in Canada.

No doubt that a fatwa would be issued against her, considering the many protests following the overturning of her conviction. But the threats made by this individual demonstrate a form of psychological warfare being carried out by jihadists. Such warfare consists of threats and acts of violence made towards anyone living outside the Muslim world (i.e. the jihadists are practically saying that there is no place on Earth to hide from them).

Over ten years ago, a sixteen year-old American girl named Katherine Lester met an Arab man named Abdullah Jimzawi on Myspace, and after two weeks they fell in love with each other and decided to get married. Katherine attempted to journey to the West Bank to be with him, but was intercepted by the FBI and brought back to America. After turning eighteen, she then made a successful trip to the West Bank and hence got to be with Abdullah. Katherine eventually came
back to America via pleas from her family and the intervention of Dr. Phil, and she
ended her relationship with Abdullah soon afterward.

This incident is an apparent case of psychological warfare. At one point during an episode of Dr. Phil, Katherine said that after breaking up with Abdullah and returned to the U.S., he left many voicemails on her cell phone, one message stating that he would torture her family.

How was he going to torture them? Was he going to kidnap them (or have them kidnapped) in order to do so?

Another incident that seems to involve psychological warfare occurred in November 2003, when Boulos Farid Rezek-Allah Awad (an Egyptian Coptic Christian who married a Christian convert from Islam) was arrested while trying to leave the country. When Rezek-Allah told one of the security officers that his wife had already left Egypt, the officer replied “I’ll bring her back and cut her into pieces in front of you.” Rezek-Allah was eventually released and allowed to leave
Egypt. But the threat made by the officer demonstrates the willingness by jihadists to track down anyone who leaves Islam.

Still another example of psychological warfare would be the targeting of Libyan dissidents during the days of the Gaddafi regime, even dissidents in other countries. Thus, Gaddafi was saying that no critic of his regime would be safe, no matter where they were.

There are probably many more examples of psychological warfare by jihadists (e.g. lone wolves, a terrorist group, or government agents).

All the more reason to defeat the global jihad.

Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.