Narrator of IS propaganda videos charged in US

Narrator of IS propaganda videos charged in US
Thousands of videos, graphics and other images have been collected together to form a growing propaganda archive. Source: ISD
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Daily US Times: A narrator of Islamic State group (IS) propaganda videos has been charged in the US.

Saudi-born Mohammed Khalifa, a Canadian citizen, is accused of being “the voice behind the violence” by providing English narration on some 15 videos.

Many of the videos encouraged supporters to join IS, while some showed the “brutal execution” of hostages and prisoners. Mr Khalifa denies the charges.

The 38-year-old could face life in prison, if convicted.

Next week, the narrator will appear before a US court on charges of providing “material support to a terrorist organisation, resulting in death”.

Prosecutors say he was also an Islamic State fighter, and during one conflict shortly before being captured, threw a grenade at opposing forces.

Raj Parekh, acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement: “Through his alleged leading role in translating, narrating, and advancing IS’s online propaganda, Khalifa promoted the terrorist group… and expanded the reach of videos that glorified the horrific murders and indiscriminate cruelty of IS.”

Two of the videos are IS productions which the US department of justice has described as “the most influential and exceedingly violent” videos that promoted violence against foreigners, showed various IS attacks and the deaths of unarmed prisoners.

Another video includes a voice recording of Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in 2016 in the Pulse Nightclub attack in Florida, swearing allegiance to IS.

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