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Purported Islamic State Propaganda Video After Brussels Attacks Features Trump


"They knew this would get a lot of attention."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives to speak at the 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference at the Verizon Center, on Monday, March 21, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In the wake of this week's terror attacks in Brussels, the Islamic State used a video clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling the city a "horror show" in a propaganda video on social media, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported today.

The video features Trump speaking in English, with flames across the screen.

"Brussels was one of the great cities, one of the most beautiful cities of the world 20 years ago, it was amazing actually, and safe," Trump says in the video. "And now it's a horror show, an absolute horror show."

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The video, titled “The Exile of Islam and Brussels Attacks,” features scenes from both the attack on Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station. It also shows imagery of Belgian ISIS fighter Abul Qa’Qa al-Baljiki, who participated in the Jan. 7, 2015, attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people, according to MEMRI, a group that tracks jihadist propaganda and provided the video to Yahoo News on Thursday.

“They’re smart and shrewd, and they knew this would get a lot of attention,” said MEMRI executive director Steve Stalinsky.

The video, by the pro-ISIS group Al-Battar Media Foundation, cuts from images in Belgium to shots of destruction in Iraq and Syria, contending that the Brussels attacks were in retaliation for U.S. and Western bombing raids on ISIS territory.

In December, Hillary Clinton made waves for saying that ISIS had been using Trump in its recruitment videos.

“He is becoming ISIS’ best recruiter,” she said at a New Hampshire debate. “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims to recruit more radical jihadists.”

Trump responded by saying that al-Shabaab, not the Islamic State, made the video Clinton had referenced.

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