Mokhtar Awad comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Egypt. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The development of jihadism in the Sinai prior to the Egyptian uprising in January 2011
  • What jihadi individuals and movements were doing between the 2011 uprising and the coup in July 2013
  • A deep dive on Jama’at Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM)
  • How ABM has changed since it became Wilayat Sinai of the Islamic State
  • The role of IS’ provinces in Libya in the Western Desert of Egypt
  • Background on the ABM splinter faction al-Murabitun that is pro-AQ and led by Hisham Ashmawy that pledged baya to Ayman al-Zawahiri

This episode also features a Primary Sources segment covering releases from September 20th to October 14th, and a #SocialMedia segment covering postings from October 14th to 23rd.


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


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






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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Jamā’at Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis — “Support For Our People In Gaza- Declaration of Responsibility For Bombing the City of Eilat”



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