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

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

  • Abubakar Shekau the leader of the Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad (Boko Haram) pledges allegiance to the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Caliphate. Islamic State fighters in various provinces joyfully receive the declaration. Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, spokesperson for the Islamic State, praises the Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad’s affiliation with the Islamic Caliphate and announces the recent expansion of West Africa. According to him, this alliance has resulted in the area of West Africa becoming an integral part of the Caliphates and the jihad arena, and Muslims can immigrate there if they are not able to immigrate to other jihad arenas, such as Syria, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, Afghanistan, or Pakistan.
  • The Islamic State documents the execution of an Israeli Arab “spy”, who was purportedly sent by the Mossad to spy on the Islamic State. According to the IS, a similar fate awaits anyone who caught spying on the organization. In addition, the IS publishes a list of names and photographs of supposed Israeli Arab “spies”, who are spying on it.
  • The Islamic State in Yemen promises to protect Sunnis in the country from the Houthis and the Yemenite army. In addition, the IS promises to enact revenge on the Sunnis in Yemen while calling on the general Muslim population not to go near any Houthi areas or congregation sites in order to avoid being hurt. 
  • The Pakistan-Taliban Movement: Jam’at al-Ahrar and Jaysh al-Islam announce the formation of a coalition under the name Pakistan-Taliban Movement. The purpose of the coalition is to concentrate their efforts on fighting against the Pakistani regime and anyone who assists it.
  • AlQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes a video explaining the importance of assisting jihad warriors in the Caucasus region.
  • Sheikh Abu Malek al-Shami, Al-Nusra Front Emir in charge of the Qalamoun area, emphasizes that the main goal of the organization is to topple the Alawi regime, but also to hit hard in Lebanese Hezbollah strongholds. That is because Hezbollah fights alongside the Alawi regime.

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