Just days after dozens of innocent victims were massacred and hundreds more injured during Al-Shabaab’s attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, handmade flags resembling the black flag of Islamic jihad were spotted flying around New York City.

TheBlaze reports:

TheBlaze commissioned numerous translations of the flags. One could not make it out. Three others said they weren’t positive, but that the flags appeared to show the “shehadah,” one of the five pillars of Islam that’s also said by those converting to Islam and a staple on so called “black flags of jihad.” Similar looking flags have been used for numerous reasons, but more recently they have become to be associated with both Al Qaeda and Al-Shebaab — the group claiming responsibility for the massacre at the Kenyan shopping mall.

The event where these flags were spotted? The annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City.

Both black and white versions of the flags were spotted:

Source: Urban Infidel 

Source: Urban Infidel 

On Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program, TheBlaze’s National Security Advisor, Buck Sexton, joined Glenn to talk about the real meaning and history of these flags. What is the origin? And what meaning do they carry today? Finally, given all that is going on in the world, Buck explained why these flags are especially alarming. Watch the full interview after the break.

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