Check out my new ‘Policy Alert’ for The Washington Institute: “The Islamic State’s Archipelago of Provinces”

This week, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, released a rare public message in which he declared the creation of several new “provinces” in various Arab countries. It was the first time that he and his organization have acknowledged groups that have pledged baya (religiously binding oath of allegiance) to the so-called “Islamic State” since the announcement of its “Caliphate” six months ago. The audio message offers insight into the group’s expansion model and its plans for exacerbating religious tensions between Sunnis and Shiites beyond Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Whether Western governments want to admit it or not, the reality is that the Islamic State has expanded in a non-contiguous manner outside its base and now has authority over satellite groups and small amounts of territory outside Iraq and the Levant.

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New statement from Anṣār al-Islām: “The Islamic State Lied About Anṣār al-Islām Giving Bay’ah To Baghdādī”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Anṣār al-Islām — “The Islamic State Lied About Anṣār al-Islām Giving Bay’ah To Baghdādī”

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Mirkaz al-Maqrīzī al-Dirāsāt al-Tārīkhīyyah presents a new statement from Dr. Ṭāriq ‘Abd al-Ḥalīm and Hānī al-Sibā’ī: “The Reality Of the ‘[Islamic] State Organization’ Under the Leadership Of Ibrāhīm Bin ‘Awaḍ: Character Of the Organization and Its Creed”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Dr. Ṭāriq ‘Abd al-Ḥalīm and Hānī al-Sibā’ī — “The Reality Of the ‘[Islamic] State Organization’ Under the Leadership Of Ibrāhīm Bin ‘Awaḍ- Character Of the Organization and Its Creed”

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Source: http://www.almaqreze.net/ar/news.php?readmore=2505

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Check out my new article for the BBC: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Islamic State’s Driving Force”

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On 5 July, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known by his supporters as Caliph Ibrahim, left the shadows and showed his face for the first time, in a Friday sermon in Mosul, Iraq.

While previous pictures of him had been leaked, Baghdadi had not shown himself in the four years since he became leader of what was then the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq (forerunner of Isis, then the Islamic State).

Before April 2013, Baghdadi also did not release many audio messages.

His first written statement was a eulogy to Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

His first audio message was released in July 2012 and predicted future victories for the Islamic State.

Since the group’s resurgence, which began 15 months ago, Baghdadi’s media output has risen. The amount of specific information about his background has also increased.

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al-Furqān Media presents a new video message from the Islamic State’s Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: “Khuṭbah and Jum’ah Prayer in the Grand Mosque of Mūṣul (Mosul)”

UPDATE 7/27/14 6:34 PM: Here is an English translation of the below Arabic video message:

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī — “Khuṭbah and Jum’ah Prayer in the Grand Mosque of Mūṣul (Mosul)” (En)

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New statement from a group within the Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān: “Bay’ah To the Leader Of the Faithful Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Group Within The Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān — “Bay’ah To the Leader Of the Faithful Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī”

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al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State’s Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: “Message To the Mujāhidīn and the Islamic Ummah In the Month Of Ramaḍān”

UPDATE 7/1/14 12:11 PM: Here is an English translation of the below Arabic audio message:

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī — “Message To the Mujāhidīn and the Islamic Ummah In the Month Of Ramaḍān” (En)

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Source: http://www.writeurl.com/publish/a4wekn23q30e088phb6k

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Source: https://twitter.com/al_e3tisam/status/483988490729029632