al-Fārūq Media presents a new statement from Anṣār al-Furqān: “Condolences to the Islamic Nation in General and the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus in Particular on the Martyrdom of the Leader Abū ‘Uthmān al-Ghaymrāwī”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Anṣār al-Furqān — “Condolences to the Islamic Nation in General and the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus in Particular on the Martyrdom of the Leader Abū ‘Uthmān al-Ghaymrāwī”

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al-Fārūq Media presents a new statement from Anṣār al-Furqān: “Condolences to the Islamic Nation with Losing One of Its Men, a Senior Companion, Mullā ‘Umar”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Anṣār al-Furqān — “Condolences to the Islamic Nation with Losing One of Its Men, a Senior Companion, Mullā ‘Umar”

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New video message from Jabhat al-Nuṣrah: “Syrian Refugee Camps in Jarūd ‘Arsāl Between the Bombings and Injustices of the Lebanese Army and the Iranian Ḥizb al-Lāt”

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Source: youtube.com/watch?v=8GEwUn-R6_8&feature=youtu.be

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al-Fārūq Media presents a new release from Anṣār al-Furqān’s Sufyān Balūsh: “The Battle of Blood and Dust”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Sufyān Balūsh — “The Battle of Blood and Dust”

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Source: http://www.pdf-archive.com/2015/07/30/4-129908698981074470/

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Jihadology Podcast: Syria Status Update with Charles Lister

Charles Lister comes on the show to discuss a wide range of topics related to the current situation in Syria:

  • The background and evolution of Jaysh al-Fatah
  • What Jaysh al-Fatah has meant to rebel and Jabhat al-Nusra victories in Syria
  • The recent formation of a Jaysh al-Fatah branch in the south and what the southern front in the war currently looks like
  • How the regime, Iran, and Hizballah have reacted to the changing military dynamics on the ground
  • The recent fighting between the Kurds and the Islamic State in northern al-Raqqah governorate

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New video message from Jabhat al-Nuṣrah: “Damaging a 57mm Canon of the Iranian Ḥizb al-Lāt With a Guided Missile”

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Check out my new ‘Policy Watch’ for the Washington Institute: “The Islamic State’s Saudi Chess Match”

Over the past two weeks, the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) has claimed two attacks on Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia’s Shiite-majority Eastern Province, one in Dammam and the other in Qatif. While the incidents might not have an immediate impact on the kingdom’s overall security, they are relevant to long-term IS strategy of weakening the Saudi government by exposing its alleged hypocrisy. They also illustrate how IS has choreographed its actions in phases for its Arabian Peninsula theater. For example, when IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced new wilayat (provinces) for the so-called caliphate in Saudi Arabia and Yemen last November, he told supporters that Shiites should be targeted first. And in remarks made last month, he zeroed in on the Saudi state and what he described as its failed Yemen war. The latest attacks are therefore harbingers of a wider IS threat to Saudi Islamic legitimacy.

THE ISLAMIC STATE’S CALCULUS

By attacking the Eastern Province, IS seeks to place Riyadh in the position of defending or appeasing Shiites, at the expense of a Saudi Wahhabist state ideology that does not tread too far from that of IS (e.g., Saudi schools teach students that Shiites are unbelievers and not Muslims). In that sense, the group likely considers Riyadh’s actions following the first attack a victory.

In response to the May 22 suicide bombing in Qatif, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki stated that the goal of IS was to spread sectarianism, while Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef visited the town and gave condolences to the victims and their family members. Moreover, Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah al-Sheikh condemned the “criminal plot.” From the Islamic State’s perspective, such actions highlight Riyadh’s rank hypocrisy, showing “true” believers in the “land of the two holy places” how the Saudi state is contravening both God and its own founding standards. By casting themselves as the true bearers of Islam, IS leaders hope to draw more recruits and supporters.

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