New release from Ifrīqīyyah Media: “Blessed Operation Upon the Bouchoucha Military Barracks”


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New audio message from Mujāhidīn of Tunisia of al-Qayrawān: “Bay’ah to the Caliph of the Muslims Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī and Joining The Islamic State”


Mujāhidīn of Tunisia of al-Qayrawān — “Bay’ah to the Caliph of the Muslims Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī and Joining The Islamic State”



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Check out my new ‘Insight’ for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence: “Between The Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Tunisia”


Over the past month, there are increasing signs that The Islamic State (IS) intends to build a base and set up a new wilayah (province) in Tunisia in the near future named Wilayat Ifriqiya, a medieval name for the region of Tunisia (as well as northwest Libya and northeast Algeria). This would challenge al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib’s (AQIM) Tunisian branch Katibat ‘Uqba ibn Nafi’s (KUIN) monopoly on insurgency and terrorism since their campaign in Jebel Chambi began in December 2012, opening another front in the broader AQ-IS war. As a consequence, outbidding between these two adversaries could lead to an escalation in violence, with Bardo National Museum style attacks becoming more common.

The Islamic State Signaling in Tunisia

In mid-December last year, IS directed its first overt message to the Tunisian state and its people. Aboubaker el-Hakim (who went by Abu al-Muqatil in the video) claimed responsibility for the assassination of Tunisia’s secular leftist politicians in 2013 – “Yes, tyrants, we’re the ones who killed Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi” – thus confirming the Ennahda-led government’s suspicions that he was was involved. Beyond calling for more violence and for Tunisians to remember its imprisoned brothers and sisters, he also called upon the Tunisian people to pledge bay’a to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to raise the banner of tawhid (pure monotheism) and to rip down the flags of Charles de Gaulle and Napoleon (alluding to the historically close relations between Tunisia and France).

This was followed on April 7th by Abu Yahya al-Tunisi of IS’ Wilayat Tarabulus in Libya, who urged Tunisians to travel to Libya for training in order to establish and extend the writ of IS back at home Only two days later, a new media account, Ajnad al-Khilafah bi-Ifriqiya (Soldiers of the Caliphate in Ifriqiya) Media Foundation, was created. While unofficial, it foreshadowed the targeting of Tunisia in much the same way the establishment of al-‘Urwah al-Wuthqa (The Indissoluble Link) Media foreshadowed the pledge of bay’a given by Boko Haram to IS in March 2015.

Besides IS’ claim of responsibility for the Bardo National Museum attack (which the government actually believes KUIN was responsible for), Ajnad al-Khilafah bi-Ifriqiya Media announced IS’ first claim of responsibility for an insurgent attack in Jebel al-Meghila, near the town of Sbeitla. Additionally, Ajnad al-Khilafah bi-Ifriqiya Media claimed responsibility on April 22 for a separate attack in Jebel Salloum, in which one of its Algerian fighters was killed (signaling to Tunisians as well that other nationalities were within its ranks.) This was followed by IS official media disseminators, including Ajnad al-Khilafah bi-Ifriqiya Media, claiming responsibility for attacks in Tunisia on May 2, also in Jebel Sallum. This increasingly formalized approach suggests that the official announcement of a new wilayah may be imminent.

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al-Fātiḥ Foundation For Media Production presents a new video message from Katībat ‘Uqbah Ibn Nāfi': “And Incumbent Upon Us Was Support of the Believers”

The title of this video message is in reference to Qur’anic verse 30:47. Here it is in full: “And We have already sent messengers before you to their peoples, and they came to them with clear evidences; then We took retribution from those who committed crimes, and incumbent upon Us was support of the believers.”




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New video message from Ajnād al-Khilāfah bi-Ifrīqīyyah Media Foundation: “Playing of the [Batār] Swords”




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al-Andalus Media presents a new video message from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib’s Shaykh Abū ‘Ubaydah Yūsuf al ‘Anābiī: “Tunisia: Between the Message of the Mujāhidīn and the Deceit of the Secularists”



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New video message from The Islamic State: “Message to Our Brothers in Tunisia – Wilāyat Ṭarābulus”




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