Islamic State now recruiting deaf jihadis with new sign language video

Islamic State now recruiting deaf jihadis with new sign language video

Read their lips: The Islamic State wants you! And if you’re not adept at lip reading, the terrorist group will be happy to “sign” its invitation to prospective members who suffer from a hearing deficit.

It sounds a lot like “the Onion,” but the source is NBC News:

ISIS released a recruitment video Sunday featuring two deaf and mute fighters communicating in sign language in what analysts said was an attempt to demonstrate “normal” life for everyone under the brutal terrorist group’s domination.

The video, cryptically titled “From Who Excused To Those Not Excused,” comes with Arabic and English subtitles. It shows the two men directing traffic while heavily armed and includes the group’s now-familiar threats of destruction against the U.S. and Europe.

The video “represents an attempt by the group to recruit other physically or otherwise impaired individuals, as well as demonstrates the multifaceted responsibilities of those in its ranks,” said Alex Kassirer, a researcher at Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm and NBC News consultant. It shows that “even traffic police in the Islamic State have a dual functionality, also serving in military roles.”

In a way, it’s encouraging to see that even this bloodthirstiest of terrorist groups is an equal opportunity employer, but one can easily imagine a downside to having a deaf fellow combatant on the field of battle.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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