The Al Masra newspaper, which is an Al-Qaeda-linked news source, has put a picture of President Trump’s Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, on their cover page.
The article cites Bannon’s historical antipathy towards Islamic extremists, and uses it as propaganda to fuel hatred towards the West.
Per the Washington Post:
The piece focused on Bannon’s views of Islam, saying he believes that “the forces of Islam cannot be stopped by peaceful means.” The paper cited a conversation Bannon had with a Danish journalist in May 2016. It also claimed that Bannon believes that the struggle is really between Christianity and Islam, not just Islam and the West
The Washington Post also reports the terrorist-linked news source provides specific references to show his disdain:
Like other Trump advisers (and former advisers), Bannon has spoken publicly about these beliefs. In 2014, he gave a speech to the Vatican via Skype in which he said, “We’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of global war against Islamic fascism.” On other occasions, he’s suggested that the “Judeo-Christian West” is at war with “expansionist Islamic ideology.”
Per Breitbart News:
Some far-left critics in the press and social media, who would likely find the label “Islamic extremist” offensive, are saying that al-Qaeda is using Bannon’s picture to recruit potential recruits to its cause.
The Yemen-based AQAP publication has also criticized President Donald Trump and America as a whole.
In October, Al Masra noted that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is “famous for his-anti Muslim attitude,” would cause an increase in anti-U.S. sentiment from Muslims if elected president.
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U.S. officials describe AQAP as the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda. While a U.S.-backed coalition in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia has primarily focused on Iran-allied Shiite Houthi rebels, AQAP has flourished.