Jihadist Group Based in Jerusalem Calls for Heads to Roll at Twitter

Al Nusra Al Maqdisia is reportedly affiliated with Islamic State and claims to have fought Israel during Gaza war.

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You might have read about how the Islamic State has been using Twitter and other social media platforms to gain power, attention and recruits. Now, though, a suspected Jerusalem-based affiliate of the jihadist group has announced that Twitter employees would be better off dead.

The Twitter account with the handle @Dawlamoon, which has since been suspended, called on "lone wolf" terrorists in the United States and Europe to kill Twitter employees.

"#The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks The time has arrived to respond to Twitter's management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them!! Those who will carry this out are the sleeper cells of death," read one of a series of similar tweets posted Sunday night in Arabic.

Another one read: #The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks Twitter management should know that if they do not stop their campaign in the virtual world, we will the bring the war to them in the real world on the ground.

The tweeted threats, which come as Twitter has been making an effort to crack down on accounts associated with Islamic State, came from an account purportedly linked to Al Nusra Al Maqdisia ("The Supporters of Jerusalem"), according to media company Vocativ, one of the first outlets to pick up the story.

Al Nusra reportedly pledged allegiance to Islamic State in February and said it fought Israel on its behalf during this summer's Gaza war, according to the New York-based Vocativ.

The media outlet, which aims to trawl through "the Deep Web" to spot rising trends, said it was "not possible to independently verify whether or not this account is a reflection of official ISIS policy." All the same, it said, Al Nusra and its accounts "are well-known and frequently referenced in online ISIS forums."

Islamic State, also known as ISIS, "is constantly ducking Twitter's efforts to shut it out of the platform," Vocative reported, adding that the "running online battle" has become a hot topic in the Islamic State forums Vocativ monitors.

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