It seemed for a minute that “New York Times World” might be a parody account, but the little blue checkmark proves that @nytimesworld is indeed a real New York Times Twitter feed dedicated to the paper’s coverage of world events, like the recent rash of terrorist attacks claimed by ISIS.
But what’s this about ISIS holding back when attacking predominantly Muslim countries?
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) July 3, 2016
— Maren Shawesh (@Maroonakariney) July 4, 2016
@nytimesworld Istanbul, Baghdad and Dhaka aren't Muslim?
— Spy (@axeshulee) July 3, 2016
To be fair, the Times’ analysis was posted on July 2 in response to an ISIS terror attack on a café in Bangladesh in which the attackers reportedly targeted foreigners, and the triple suicide bombing of the Ataturk International Airport in Turkey, which ISIS did not claim as its own work.
Those two events reflect “the balancing act the terror group must undertake when carrying out violence in predominantly Muslim nations,” wrote the Times. Of course, right on the heels of those attacks came deadly bombings both in Baghdad and at three separate locations in Saudi Arabia, including Islam’s second holiest site, where Muslims were gathered to observe Ramadan.
Iraq canceled Eid celebrations following a terror attack that killed more than 200 people in Baghdad https://t.co/RsOkF7C6Fj
— M. Bilal Kenasari (@MBilalKenasari) July 4, 2016
Disturbing news on the penultimate day of Ramadan: suicide bombings in the holy city of Medina, Qatif and Jeddah https://t.co/54fcMmaEZ5
— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) July 4, 2016
Emir of ISIS, Abu Bakr Baghdadi (a PhD in Islamic studies) had warned in 2014 that "Makkah and Madina are our targets, if Allah wills."
— Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi (@Ali_Abbas_Zaidi) July 4, 2016
The prophet's mosque is holiest sites in Islam. Attacking mosque is comparable to attacking Vatican or Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) July 4, 2016
@nytimesworld is the body count of the past week evidence of tempered violence ???
— Raven (@AgentFrenetic) July 4, 2016
@nytimesworld Does the author of this tweet mistake the word "temper" for "escalate" or what??
— Deni ZAYS (@denizekiye) July 3, 2016
@nytimesworld wtf are you smoking? Wanna share???
— Angelica (@mrs_elsayed) July 4, 2016
This doesn’t sound like ISIS is “tempering” anything, or that it’s “contained”:
ISIL has killed hundreds of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan https://t.co/RGIrlVm87b
— Quartz (@qz) July 4, 2016