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Periodical Review – Summary from the Jihadi Forums – The First Half of February 2015

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of February 2015. Following are the main points covered in the report:

  • Following the execution of the Jordanian pilot, who was set on fire inside a cage, the Islamic State warns the Jordanian Kingdom not to go through with its intension to execute the female terrorist, Sajida al-Rishawi, in response to the pilot’s execution; otherwise, the organization will set off a wave of terrorist attacks against Amman, the capital of the Jordanian Kingdom. In addition, the Islamic State published a hit list containing the names and addresses of Jordanian pilots in order to deter them from taking part in air strikes against the organization in Iraq and Syria.
  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula officially announces the death of Harith al-Nadhari, a member of the organization’s Shari’a Council who was killed in a US drone strike. The Houthi Shi’ite minority in Yemen is given partial blame for al-Nadhari’s death due to its collaboration with US forces. Many jihadist organizations, including branches of Al-Qaeda, publish eulogies in his memory and some of them call for revenge attacks against American targets.
  • The Islamic State continues to call on Muslims in the West, especially in France, to continue to carry out individual terrorist attacks against France similar to those carried out by the Kouachi brothers in the beginning of January 2015 in Paris. According to the organization, France’s participation in the coalition against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and its insult to the honor of the Prophet Muhammad as expressed in the caricatures of him, serve as justifiable grounds forspreading fear on the streets of France and among its citizens.
  • The Islamic State executes 21 Coptic Christians who came from Egypt to work in Libya and were kidnapped from the city of Sirte at the end of December 2014.
  • The Islamic State publishes a video documenting the seemingly pastoral life in the city of Aleppo, part of which is subject to the organization’s authority. The video,narrated by kidnapped British journalist, John Cantlie, criticized Western claims that the organization cannotprovide the civilian population with a normal routine life, commerce or economy.
  • Abubakar Shekau, leader of the “Assembly of the Helpers of Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad” (formerly Boko Haram), threatens to attack Chad, Niger and Nigeria in response to the decision to establish an African regional force composed of five countries in order to defeat the organization and restore security to the region. According to him, this coalition is doomed to fail and its members will pay a heavy price.

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