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A leaflet anouncing the caliphate in the Middle East is handed out in London. (Source: CNN) A leaflet anouncing the caliphate in the Middle East is handed out in London. (Source: CNN)
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LONDON (CNN) - As ISIS charts its murderous course through Syria and Iraq, its brutality is plain to see as jihadis post their exploits on social media.

In Europe there are worrying signs of support for the group now calling itself  'Islamic State.’

Most recently, a stall set up on London's Oxford Street for distributing leaflets announcing the re-establishment of the khilafa or caliphate calling on Muslims to pledge allegiance to the newly appointed khaleef.

A thinly veiled reference, presumably, to the self-declared head ofIslamicc State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The men handing out these leaflets, students of radical London preacher Anjem Choudary.

“There's nowhere in that leaflet which says go and fight with people, go and train for jihad of anything of that nature,” Choudary said.

The Islamic State has been established by a group who are using the most ruthless, bloodthirsty methods to achieve their ends.

“Well if you want to use the terms, terrorists, bloodthirsty you need to reserve those terms for the Jews who are killing people in Gaza,” Choudary said.

The plight of those in Gaza seems to have been used in Europe's pro-Palestinian rallies as an opportunity for ISIS sympathizers to show their true colors.

Two rallies took place last month in the Netherlands where the black flag of Islamic State waved with calls for death to the Jews.

At a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London's Blackwall Tunnel, a black flag is amongst the cars and the chaos.

And the Oxford Street stall was set up to coincide with a pro-Palestinian rally through central London.

"We won't tolerate Nazis standing on the street corner saying let's kill all the Jews and black people, would we? So this is an organization which believes in selling women as sex slaves and murdering people and chopping heads off so I don't think we should tolerate that in central London,” said Ghaffar Hussain of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank. 

But the Islamic State's recruitment efforts have paid off so far.

There are some 2,000 European recruits already in Syria, the largest contingents from France and Britain.

Online message boards include one where Britain's jihadist wannabes can ask questions.

One man was asking whether you can choose the role of executioner when you're out there?

Britain has clear rules which prohibit the glorification of terrorism.

And London's metropolitan police are investigating whether handing out leaflets which support ISIS, even without naming the terror group, constitutes a crime.

But even as they try to stop the flow of fighters toward the killing fields in Iraq and Syria, the greater concern is that those already out there will bring jihad back home.

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