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Islamist groups celebrate election of ‘straw man’ Donald Trump


Islamic extremist groups have celebrated the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, branding him the “perfect straw man to cause the demise of America”.

Shortly after the billionaire businessman was named as 45th President over Hillary Clinton, Twitter accounts and online forums linked to Al-Qaeda and Isis “rejoiced” at the news.

Social media sites threatened “dark times” for the US in the wake of Mr Trump’s success.

A tweet from Pro Al-Qaeda Twitter account, known as al Maqalaat, said the Republican politician would “would make the US enemy number one again” in the Middle East.

Another post from the account added: “Trump will serve as the perfect straw man for the next four years, like Bush did before him.”

Meanwhile, a post on Isis-affiliated forum al Minbar Jihadi Media network read: “Rejoice with support from Allah, and find glad tidings in the imminent demise of America at the hands of Trump.”

Mr Trump famously called for a ban on Muslims entering the US in the build-up to the election which sparked a furious backlash from faith leaders.

And, other posts on the site suggested that jihadi recruiters would use these controversial views to encourage extremism.

A report by SITE Intelligence group, which monitors jihadists’ websites said: “Trump’s win of the American presidency will bring hostility of Muslims against America as a result of his reckless actions, which show the overt and hidden hatred against them.

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