On July 26, 2020, the Pro-ISIS Al-Hayat Media Center released a four minute video titled “Incite the Believers” to its Telegram channel. The video encourages Muslims to carry out Jihad terrorist attacks, specifically pointing out forest fires as one of their most effective type of attacks against the kuffar (filthy unbelievers) The video shows a man marking a location in California on a map to set ablaze.
RAIR Foundation The narrator promoted the benefits of of setting forest fires such as, the large numbers of non-Muslims you can kill and the hundreds of millions of dollars of damage you can cause them. The video cited the 2018 Camp Fire in California, the state deadliest and most destructive wildfire killing over 85 people, as an example.
The narrator encouraged Muslims to be careful when starting fires not to draw attention to themselves and to dispose of all forms of evidence. This is not new. Terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda and ISIS have for years been advocating using fires as a tool of jihad.