Rio Olympics: Al-Qaeda Jihadis Call for Attacks on American, British, French and Israeli Athletes

Security forces ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil
Brazilian soldiers man a checkpoint near the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 21. Chatter by pro-Al-Qaeda jihadis has included suggestions of targeting American, British, French and Israeli athletes, according to reports. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Al-Qaeda supporters have issued orders to other followers of the group to carry out attacks against American, British, French and Israeli athletes and visitors at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro that begin in two weeks.

"Your chance to take part in the global jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!" the jihadis said on social media, according to The Times of Israel, citing The Foreign Desk news site, a new platform established by Fox News' Lisa Daftari.

The directions to carry out deadly assaults on Western targets continues: "American/U.K./French/Israeli athletes and visitors can be easily targeted during the entire Olympics."

In the morbid handbook for jihadis planning to attack the world's biggest sporting spectacle, Israelis are largely singled out as the most prominent targets to focus on.

"From amongst the worst enemies, the most famous enemies for general Muslims is to attack Israelis. As general Muslims all agree to it and it causes more popularity for the Mujahideen amongst the Muslims," the statements said.

"One small knife attack against Americans/Israelis in these places will have bigger media effect than any other attacks anywhere else, God willing," another message read.

As well as knife attacks, a series of other methods of assassination were listed, such as the poisoning of food, toy drones with explosives, kidnappings and pouring oil on highway roads, forcing cars to crash, with the suggestion jihadis would "see Israeli Jews flying with their vehicle by the will of Allah."

The directions also tell jihadis to prepare a claim of responsibility before the attack, such as an email or a Facebook post, to alert authorities as to who was responsible for the attack, with Al-Qaeda competing with the Islamic State militant group in the global jihad.

The directions were reported just a day before Brazilian police arrested a group of 10 suspects for alleged plans to carry out extremist acts during the Olympic games, Brazilian Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes told reporters Thursday.

Earlier in the week, a group naming itself "Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil" made the first public declaration of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the country. "If the French police cannot stop attacks on its territory, training given to the Brazilian police will not do anything," the group said on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.

Authorities have announced greater security measures in the wake of the Nice truck attack that left 84 people dead, including additional security cordons, friskings and road blocks.