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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Check out my new article for Ha’aretz: “Will Gaza Be the Global Jihadists’ Next Ground Zero?”

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In almost all of the conflict arenas of the Middle East, global jihadists had a strong summer. We saw the resurgence of the Islamic State in the Iraqi and Syrian arenas; Ansar al-Sharia Libya confronted and pushed back Libya’s rogue general Khalifa Hiftar’s offensive; and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is once again highly active in southern Yemen. But the jihadists made a poor military showing in the war that broke out in one crucial geographic area: The Gaza-Sinai peninsula nexus, which rates as the most symbolically important in the Muslim world and, as a result, a key location for various global jihadis to prove their bona fides.

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New video message from Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis: “Dear Soldier”

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Source: https://twitter.com/Ansar_B_Almqds/status/501490075390078976

To inquire about a translation for this video message for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.net

 

New video message from Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis: “Support From the Horror”

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Source: http://justpaste.it/nosrt-ansar

To inquire about a translation for this video message for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.net

 

New video message from Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis’ Abū Usāmah al-Maṣrī: “Sermon Of ‘Īd From the Sinai”

UPDATE 8/4/14 8:22 AM: Here is an Arabic transcription of the below video message:

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Abū Usāmah al-Maṣrī — “Sermon Of ‘Īd From the Sinai” (Ar)

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Source: http://justpaste.it/fursaan-t-synaead

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Source: http://justpaste.it/3ed-ansar

To inquire about a translation for this video message for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.net

New statement from Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis: “Regarding the Israeli Drone Bombing Of Our Mujāhidīn In the Sinai”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis — “Regarding the Israeli Drone Bombing Of Our Mujāhidīn In the Sinai”

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Source: http://justpaste.it/gd6r

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New video video message from Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis: “Sorry Gaza”

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Source: http://justpaste.it/gbvx

To inquire about a translation for this video message for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.net