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The Islamic State May Have a New Target in Mind — and It's Not a Political or National Icon: 'The Time Has Arrived to Respond...\

"Those who will carry this out are the sleepers cells of death.”

In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. The Islamic State group holds roughly a third of Iraq and Syria, including several strategically important cities like Fallujah and Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. (AP Photo, File)

The Islamic State is calling for the assassination of Twitter employees in retribution for the social media platform closing accounts associated with the terror group, according to a news website.

Vocativ reported Monday that a Twitter account associated with the Islamic State issued a direct call for attacks against Twitter employees.

The tweets were sent out Sunday and are presented below, with translation via Vocativ:

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“#The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks The time has arrived to respond to Twitter’s management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them!! Those who will carry this out are the sleepers cells of death.”

Twitter via Vocativ Twitter via Vocativ

“#The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks Twitter management should know that if they do not stop their campaign in the virtual world, we will the bring the war to them in the real world on the ground.”

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“#The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks Every Twitter employee in San Francisco in the United States should bear in mind and watch over himself because on his doorstep there might be a lone wolf assassin waiting.”

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“#Attacking_Twitter_Employees is on the agenda of mujahedeen and lone wolves who are across Europe.”

According to Vocativ, the Twitter user who issued the threats purportedly represented Al Nusra Al Maqdisia, a group based in Jerusalem that pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State.

In the past, it had published official material from the Islamic State, including images of field operations, Vocativ reported.

The Twitter handle has since been suspended by Twitter.

Image source: Twitter Image source: Twitter

Since its rise to power, the Islamic State has used Twitter frequently to disseminate its message.

After a powerful earthquake rocked the San Fransisco area last month, supporters turned to the social media platform to hijack related hashtags and post anti-American propaganda.

The terror group also expressed an "increased interest" on social media in exploiting the southern U.S. border to launch an attack on the U.S. homeland, a Texas law enforcement bulletin warned in late August.

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