Recruitment messages attributed to an Islamic State (IS/ISIS) Indonesian preacher calling for fighters and suicide bombers have been shared widely across social media platforms.
Ustad Agung Witjaksono (a.k.a. Agung Moehadji Soemo Soemadi) traveled to Syria several years ago to join IS, and has served as a prominent recruitment voice for IS among Indonesians. His messages glorify life under the IS caliphate and urge fighters to join the group. Beyond a WordPress account dedicated to disseminating Ustad Agung messages, which was started in December 2018, the Ustad’s messages are disseminated widely by IS supporters on Telegram, Facebook, and Google+.VIEW ON SOURCEFEED DATABASE
On January 5, 2019, a message posted to the WordPress account dedicated to the Ustad a picture of a car rigged to be a VBIED with a message calling for recruits to join IS to become suicide bombers:
Paradise (Firdaus) CarLike other cars that can bring you to your home, office, etcThis is the same, o ikhwah (brothers). It will bring you directly to Firdaus (paradise).Only a few from a small number of people were selected to do this great journeyThen, come and join the Mujahideen's ranks. Find access to the Firdaus paradise.
Message from Ustad Agung glorifying suicide bombers on WordPress, January 5, 2019.
In a post dated January 6, 2019, the Ustad reminisces about an ambush he took part in. Agung describes shooting at a helicopter describing it as “the best moment in my life” and “this is more beloved to me then the day my son was born.” The post was shared to an IS-linked VK account, Abu Jundulloh Shina, on January 11, 2019:
Message from Ustad Agung on VK account, Abu Jundulloh Shina, January 11, 2019.
An Instagram account attributed to Ustad Agung, which has not been updated since June 27, 2016, has a photo featuring the Ustad posing in the center of the photograph with a gun beside three other fighters. The post is identified as being taken in Raqqa, Syria, which was under IS control from January 2014 to October 2017.
Ustad Agung posing in the center of the photograph from his Instagram account, June 27, 2016.
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