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ISIS: Now Recruiting Deaf, Mute Fighters

Releases video featuring 2 people using sign language
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2015 9:08 AM CDT
ISIS: Now Recruiting Deaf, Mute Fighters
In this image posted on a militant social media account by the al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Feb. 24, 2015, a fighter fires a weapon on a truck in Syria.   (AP Photo via militant social media account)

(Newser) – ISIS really wants to make sure it covers all its bases: A recruitment video released yesterday stars two deaf and mute fighters using sign language. "We, the deaf and mute, direct our message to the Islamic world," the video begins, per Vocativ. The video, titled "From Who Excused (sic) To Those Not Excused," "represents an attempt by the group to recruit other physically or otherwise impaired individuals, as well as demonstrates the multifaceted responsibilities of those in its ranks," a researcher tells NBC News. Those "multifaceted responsibilities" apparently include directing traffic, as that is what the fighters are doing (while heavily armed) in the video.

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