Terrorists associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are reportedly calling for an attack on next year’s Miss Universe pageant, according to The Foreign Desk. The online journal reported it found a message to attack the event along with instructions on how to manufacture explosives. 

The message reportedly addressed to ISIS supporters in the Philippines, called on “everyone who can” to take part in the attack. The Foreign Desk did not include a link to what it described as a “secret jihadi social media channel” where the message was allegedly found.

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The pageant, featuring beauty queens from throughout the world, is tentatively scheduled to be held in the Philippines in January, although officials have not formally announced it.

Beauty meets with President Duterte

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach hails from Cagayan De Oro in the Philippines. She recently met with newly appointed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. There was no immediate confirmation of the ISIS threat from either the government or pageant personnel.

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Covering terrorism online

According to its website, The Foreign Desk is devoted to covering international affairs in general and terrorism in particular. The founder is listed as Lisa Daftari. She is a former associate producer at NBC in Los Angeles. She also worked as a Fox News commentator. 

Her personal website shows her in photographs with such varied luminaries as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, an unsuccessful candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Fox to broadcast pageant

Fox is under contract to broadcast the pageant when it occurs. The pageant was formerly owned by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who is no longer associated with it. The pageant system also owns the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.

The pageants for women include competition in an evening gown, swimsuit, private interviews and onstage questioning. The teen pageant dropped the swimsuit competition this year in favor of an active wear presentation.

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