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    A magazine called Dabiq published by the Islamic State militants in several European languages, including English, is set to radicalize foreigners and attract them to join the jihadist group, believe the analysts with the Council on Foreign Relations.

    MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - A magazine called Dabiq published by the Islamic State militants in several European languages, including English, is set to radicalize foreigners and attract them to join the jihadist group, believe the analysts with the Council on Foreign Relations.

    The magazine features instructions for invasion, boasting of killings, and predictions that the Armageddon is coming.

    "You will invade the Arabian Peninsula, and Allah will enable you to conquer it. You will then invade Persia, and Allah will enable you to conquer it. You will then invade Rome, and Allah will enable you to conquer it. Then you will fight the Dajjal, and Allah will enable you to conquer him," the statement from magazine's second issue reads.

    The magazine is full of anti-US messages, and the authors divide people into two camps, "the camp of Islam", and "the camp of kufr [disbelief]."

    Robert Danin, an expert with the Council on Foreign Relations, explains how the magazine harnesses the propaganda strategy.

    "Herein lies ISIS's [IS's] propaganda strategy: employ Islamic apocalyptic tradition – with the West as the modern day Romans – to mobilize followers. Both the organization and its new recruits understand this script, made all the more relevant and compelling by the recent debate about US airstrikes in Syria," Danin said as quoted by the Council on Foreign Relations.

    There are pictures of bloody corpses published in the magazine, destroyed buildings, and a large section dedicated to the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley. Analysts suggest that such brutality may also attract followers.

    The magazine's name is also symbolic, which comes from the northern Syrian city of Dabiq, a place of great historic and religious importance.

    According to the Washington Post, the Islamic State is estimated to have drawn at least 12,000 foreign fighters from 74 countries.

    Western countries expressed deep concern over the increasing number of European and American citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State and introduced changes in countries' legislations that would ban those involved in armed conflicts abroad from returning home.

    IS, known for proclaiming hardline Islamic fundamentalism, has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012 capturing territories across Iraq and Syria. In June 2014, the group proclaimed an Islamic caliphate over its conquered regions and claimed religious authority over all Muslims globally.

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