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Periodical Review – Summary from the Jihadi Forums – The First Half of April 2016

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of April 2016. Following are the main points covered in the report:

The Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan announces the launch of “Operation Omari”, named after Mullah Omar, which is meant to include widespread attacks against enemy posts throughout Afghanistan as well as strikes against enemy commanders in the cities in an effort to liberate Afghanistan from the foreign occupation. According to the organization, its members will establish government systems in the areas under its control, and Afghans serving in enemy ranks will be integrated into the establishment of an Islamic government following negotiations and after they join the ranks of the Emirate.

Al-Qaeda, its branches and Salafi-jihadist individuals who support them, eulogize Sheikh Abu Firas al-Suri, a senior Al-Nusra Front leader in Syria who was killed in an American drone strike. Members of the organization vow to continue jihad operations against their enemies until they achieve victory.

Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, publishes a video documenting an attack by its fighters against a Kenyan army base belonging to the African Union Force in El-Adde in Somalia. According to the organization, over 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the attack.

The Islamic State publishes documents that it claims prove that it is expanding its operations in the Somali arena. For example, Islamic State fighters are shown training at a military camp, the establishment of the East Africa Front is declared as is the new organization’s oath of allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In an announcement, the new organization calls on all mujahideen in East Africa to leave Al-Shabab and its other branches, and join the Islamic State. According to the announcement, the new organization is composed of fighters from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Islamic State publishes a new issue of its magazine, Dabiq. Among the topics discussed in the issue are: a call on Muslims to assassinate Muslim clerics in the US, especially Sufis such as Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, due to their cooperation with the American government.

Al-Wa’djihadist media institution, which is involved in publicity for the Islamic State, threatens to continue its wave of attacks in Europe following the terrorist attacks in Brussels. According to the media institution, London, Berlin and Rome are targets for the organization.

Ansar al-Islam in Bangaldesh, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, claims responsibility for the assassination of a blogger named Nazimuddin Samad, claiming that he insulted the Prophet Muhammad. According to the organization, the assassination was intended as a message to the atheists not to dishonor the Prophet Muhammad or Islam.

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