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ISIS threatens Clinton aide, lawmaker

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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is making death threats against a longtime Hillary Clinton aide and a congressman.

ISIS claims in the new issue of an English-language magazine from the terror organization that a list of “overt crusaders” and “apostates” should be killed.

{mosads}“One must either take the journey to [ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate], joining the ranks of the mujahideen [fighters] therein, or wage jihad by himself with the resources available to him (knives, guns, explosives, etc.) to kill the crusaders and other disbelievers and apostates,” the extremist group wrote in the new issue of the magazine Dabiq, which circulated on the internet Wednesday.

The list naming officials in the U.S., United Kingdom and around the Western world is the first time the magazine has compiled a list of Muslims in the West it claims should be killed for their work, according to the Site Intelligence Group.

The 68-page magazine, which is the 14th issue of Dabiq, also heaps praise on the ISIS-linked terrorists who attacked an airport and metro station in Brussels last month, killing 32 people. Four of the attackers are profiled as “knights” of the group’s violence.

“Brussels, the heart of Europe, has been struck,” ISIS wrote in the foreword to the magazine. “The blood of its vitality spilled on the ground, trampled under the feet of the mujahideen.”

“Paris was a warning. Brussels was a reminder,” it added. “What is yet to come will be more devastating and more bitter.”

The magazine also includes a four-page article attributed to British hostage John Cantlie, a photojournalist who was captured in 2012.

In the article, Cantlie criticizes governments that oppose paying ransoms to ISIS to secure hostages’ release and offers the final words of journalist James Foley, who was beheaded two years ago.

“Great, captured on Thanksgiving Day, killed on my mom’s birthday,” Foley said quietly, minutes before his death, according to the article.

Last year, partly in response to criticism from Foley’s family, the Obama administration eased rules preventing family members of hostages from paying ransoms to groups such as ISIS.

The deaths of Foley and others “shamed America into change,” Cantlie wrote. “But the shedding of their blood could have been so easily avoided in the first place.”

—This report was updated at 4:12 p.m.

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