New video message from the Department of Moral Affairs of the Egyptian Armed Forces: “The Military Court Sentences to Death Hishām ‘Alī Ashmāwī”

The Islamic State’s Bayat Campaign

In the aftermath of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death, I noted that the Islamic State (IS) was likely to start a bayat campaign for its new Caliph Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. Beginning November 2, IS’s official Telegram channels began posting such bayat.

There are two main reasons for this: 1. pledges are leader-specific rather than group-specific and thus need to be renewed with each succession and 2. it is a way to legitimize al-Qurashi’s rule and create a media event so that the group can promote itself as it transitions to a new phase.

The first reason is also something that IS pointed to when it began to overtly feud with al-Qaeda (AQ) in 2013, by saying that following Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi’s death, his successor Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir gave baya to the newly created Islamic State of Iraq’s leader Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi and even after Abu ‘Umar was killed, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took over in 2010 and then Usamah Bin Laden was killed in 2011, Abu Bakr never publicly gave baya to Ayman al-Zawahiri, even if al-Zawahiri claims he gave it to him privately. Therefore, from the perspective of IS this whole process is not trivial, but important for legitimacy of its leadership and to potentially weed out any insubordination before it manifests into something larger as it already did in the past vis-a-vis AQ.

This post will be updated with the latest official pledges.

November 2, 2019:

Wilāyat Saynā’

al-Binghāl

November 3, 2019:

Wilāyat al-Ṣūmāl

November 4, 2019:

Wilāyat Bākistān

Wilāyat al-Yaman – al-Bayḍā’

November 5, 2019:

Wilāyat al-Shām – Ḥawrān

Wilāyat Khurāsān

November 6, 2019:

Tūnis

November 7, 2019:

Wilāyat Gharb Ifrīqīyyah – Nījīrīā

Wilāyat al-Shām – Ḥimṣ

Wilāyat al-Shām – al-Khayr

Wilāyat al-Shām – al-Raqqah

Wilāyat Sharq Asīā

Wilāyat Wasaṭ Ifrīqīyyah

November 8:

Wilāyat al-Shām – Ḥimṣ

November 9:

Wilāyat Sharq Asīā

Wilāyat Gharb Ifrīqīyyah – Mālī and Būrkīnāfāsū

Wilāyat al-Shām – al-Barakah

November 12, 2019:

Wilāyat al-Shām – Ḥalab

November 14, 2019:

Wilāyat al-‘Irāq – Shamāl Baghdād

November 15, 2019:

Wilāyat Lībīyā

November 16, 2019:

Wilāyat al-‘Irāq – Dijlah

November 17, 2019: 

Wilāyat al-‘Irāq – Diyālā‎

November 18, 2019: 

Wilāyat al-‘Irāq – Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn

November 19, 2019: 

Wilāyat al-‘Irāq – Karkūk

November 22, 2019: 

Wilāyat Sharq Asīā – Indūnīsīyā

November 29, 2019:

Adhirbayjān

New video message from The Islamic State: “Covenant And Steadfastness #3 – Wilāyat Saynā’”

For prior parts in this video series see: #2 and #1.

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Source: Telegram

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New release from al-Qā’idah’s Shaykh Bilāl Khuraysāt (Abū Ḥudhayfah al-‘Urdunī): “Muḥammad Mursī and Condolences of the Timid”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Shaykh Bilāl Khuraysāt (Abū Ḥudhayfah al-‘Urdunī) — Muḥammad Mursī and Condolences of the Timid

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Source: Telegram

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New video message from Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām’s Shaykh Yaḥyā Bin Ṭāhar al-Firghālī: “The Road to the Caliphate: History of the Jihādist Movements from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Shāmī Jihād, The Second Generation, Episode #6″

For prior parts in this video series see the second generation here: #5, #4#3#2#1 and the first generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1.


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New statement from al-Qā’idah’s General Command: “Commandments To Our People In Egypt: Supporting The Oppressed”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: al-Qā’idah’s General Command — Commandments To Our People In Egypt- Supporting The Oppressed

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New video message from Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām’s Shaykh Yaḥyā Bin Ṭāhar al-Firghālī: “The Road to the Caliphate: History of the Jihādist Movements from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Shāmī Jihād, The Second Generation, Episode #5″

For prior parts in this video series see the second generation here: #4, #3#2#1 and the first generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1.


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New release from Shaykh Abū Maḥmūd Nā’il Bin Ghāzī: “The Student Asks A Question and Shaykh Abū ‘Ubaydah Yūsuf al ‘Anābī Answers #6″

For prior parts in this series see: #5, #4, #3#2, and #1.

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Shaykh Abū Maḥmūd Nā’il Bin Ghāzī — “The Student Asks A Question and Shaykh Abū ‘Ubaydah Yūsuf al ‘Anābī Answers #6

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