While Hillary Clinton’s claim that Trump was “ISIS’s best recruiter” may not have been totally verifiable a few weeks ago, she didn’t have to wait long for that to change. A newly released video from Al Shabab—Somalia’s resident Al Qaeda affiliate—uses footage of Trump spouting deeply Islamophobic rhetoric as a direct recruitment tool for its terrorist organization.
Since taking Mosul earlier this month, the Islamic militant group ISIS has robbed banks, committed mass executions, and burned oil refineries as Iraq slides closer and closer to all-out war. According to NYPD counterterrorism chief John Miller, New Yorkers and other Americans are marching in their ranks.
At a press conference this afternoon, President Obama said that he's still considering responses to the escalating crisis in Iraq, where Sunni militants are gaining ground by the hour. While officials have said that he's considering airstrikes, Obama was clear at the conference that any military decision would be contingent on the Iraqi government's plan for follow-up action.