Analysis: A Gift to jihadists

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Jihadist supporters of both the Islamic State group (IS) and al-Qaeda have been celebrating online the scenes of chaos and violence in Washington.

The extremists and proponents of violent jihad – who view the US as their number one enemy – have been sharing images and videos from Capitol Hill, mocking American democracy and expressing hope that division will spread across the country.

There was no immediate comment from either group’s leadership on their official media outlets.

The events will have deeply worried America’s allies in the Middle East, for whom the US acts as a security guarantor.

Saudi Arabia’s leaders, who had a close relationship with the Trump administration and who waited days before congratulating President-elect Joe Biden, will now be hoping for a period of calm.

 

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