The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has issued a recruitment call for Spanish and Portuguese speakers, or “brothers and sisters,” to join its translation team as the group prepares to ramp up its propaganda operation ahead of the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
On June 3, an ISIS-linked Telegram account named as Online Dawah Operations called on the group’s supporters with linguistic skills that would be accessible to Brazil or the rest of South America to contact a militant and join its ranks.
“Dear brothers and sisters, we are in need of brothers and sisters who can speak either Portuguese or Spanish to help us on our project in’shaa Allah. If you speak one of those languages and you are willing to join our translation team please Wickr me,” the message read, referring to the encrypted messaging service, according to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC).
ISIS has also created a “Nashir Portugues” channel on Telegram alongside its other propaganda outlets for supporters of various nationalities. In this channel, the group is using Portuguese hashtags to reach out to this new audience ahead of the summer games, such as #ReportagemFotografica (Photo report), #EstadoIslâmico (Islamic State) and #CalifadoPT (Caliphate PT).
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