ISIS Publication Was Available for Sale on Amazon
Four different issues of the terror group’s magazine, Dabiq, were very recently available for purchase or download in the U.S. and several countries across Europe. The site description identifies Dabiq as “a periodical magazine focusing on issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war), and jama’ah (community)”. The name itself references a town in northern Syria, where the Islamic prophet Muhammad once predicted to be the originating site of the apocalypse.
One issue shows the group’s trademark flag flying atop the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City. This was a reference to the ISIS promise in February to attack the Vatican as part of its plan to establish an foothold in Rome.
The magazine is written under al-Hayat Media Centre, which acts as ISIS’s western media producer for videos and newsletters. As for the publisher, Amazon identified it to be one of its own self-publishing companies, “CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.”
The BBC sent a request to Amazon for commentary, but did not receive an immediate reply. However, an Amazon spokesperson did provide this comment to a reporter, saying they’ve been taken down:
#pt a spokeswoman for Amazon has just told me that the ISIS English-language magazine Dabiq has been removed from sale.:
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) June 6, 2015
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