Category Archives: Terrorism

Just don’t do it: (#ISIS) The Islamic State bans Nike sports brand

“O youth, beware of foreign words and symbols of infidels on our clothes,” the leaflet warned. (Twitter)

After outlawing cigarettes, alcohol, musical instruments, skinny jeans, and even pigeon-breeding, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have now decreed their latest ban: products from U.S. sports apparel firm Nike.

According to a leaflet distributed in ISIS’ de-facto capital of Raqqa, the prohibition of the brand, popular for its shoes, tracksuits and shirts, “Nike” sounds like an Arabic slang word for sexual intercourse, UK paper The Daily Mail reported earlier this week.

“O youth, beware of foreign words and symbols of infidels on our clothes,” the leaflet warned, adding that the name of the sport brand was identical to the name of the Greek goddess of victory, which – like all other belief systems outside its own – ISIS regards as pagan.

Those daring enough to flout the rule will face punishments ranging from a small fine to whipping and all the way to imprisonment to those buying or selling Nike products, according to the leaflet.

The ban comes despite ISIS’s most famous commanders – including the Iraqi leader Abu Waheeb – are often seen wearing Western sportswear brands.

To clear confusion the sports giant chairman confirmed last year that Nike is pronounced ‘Nikey,’ making it not so much of a ‘lewd’-sounding word in Arabic.

Last Update: Saturday, 25 April 2015 KSA 13:04 – GMT 10:04

Saudi Arabia foils ISIS affiliated attack

An Islamic State flag is seen near a barricade, which serves as protection from snipers of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Yarmouk Street, the main street of Yarmouk camp

An ISIS flag is seen near a barricade, which serves as protection from snipers of forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Yarmouk Street, the main street of Yarmouk camp. (Reuters)

By Staff writer, Al Arabiya

Saudi Arabia has foiled an operation masterminded by a “terrorist cell” which received its orders from militants in Syria Tuesday, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Mansur al-Turki said Friday. The “terrorist operation” involved seven car bombings. on April 8, Saudi police arrested suspect Yazid Mohammed Abu Nayan who admitted to killing two policemen at a checkpoint,” in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Turki said. Information was gleaned from Abu Nayan, including text messages from three cell phones which indicate communication was made between him and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria. Videos of the attempted operation were also seen stored in the cell phones. The spokesman said Abu Nayan “was hiding in a farm in Hirmaila [north of Riyadh]” when he was found. However, Saudi authorities are still on the lookout for his alleged partner Nawaf Sharif al-Anzi whom he is said to have met with him about “two days ago, before the crime.” Turki said Anzi now has one million riyal bounty placed on him. Saudi authorities seized Belgian rifles and cash estimated to be around 4,000 riyals buried with more arms underground and explosive white powder. Last Update: Friday, 24 April 2015 KSA 16:41 – GMT 13:41