Consider yourself warned.
Now consider yourself reminded about that warning.
This was the message in the latest issue of Dabiq, the glossy online magazine published by ISIS since July 2014 dedicated to unity, truth-seeking, migration, holy war, and community in the wonderful world of jihad.
Calling Brussels a “battleground that will soon spread to the West,” the ISIS editors promised more terror attacks will follow the March 22 massacre that took the lives of 32 and left over 300 injured.
“What is yet to come will be more devastating and more bitter. Bullets and shrapnel will slash and pierce all those whom Allah’s soldiers reach. Bloodshed will not end, ISIS vows, until the rule of Allah reaches east to west and the Muslims walk undisturbed by the kāfir filth beneath them.”
The perpetrators of the bloody March 22 attacks in Brussels received attention usually reserved for superstars in magazine layouts with high praise for the bombers.
The magazine described killer Ibrahim El Bakraoui as a man “known for his bravery and generosity,” evidently perceiving blowing up innocent people whose only “crime” was traveling on a business trip or a family vacation as “brave.”
El Bakraoui’s brother, Khalid, was termed “a man of strong character, a natural leader,” in the ISIS publication that apparently sees murder as a test of character.
The third bomber, Najim Laachraoui, was praised for “possessing excellent manners,” presumably knowing which fork to use while dining the night before in celebratory anticipation of mass murder.
The issue also reiterated the ISIS mission of invading all non-believer lands, promising, “Any disbeliever standing in the way of the Islamic State will be killed, without pity or remorse, until Muslims suffer no harm and governance is entirely for Allah.”
The name of the magazine, Dabiq, is the site where ISIS believes the final battle between Muslims and “infidels” will take place.