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

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

The Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan threatens to attack media representatives in the country if they continue their trend of exclusion and distortion when it comes to news concerning the Emirate. According to the Emirate, the continuing trend of making defamatory statements about the organization should not be ignored and demands an appropriate response. In addition, the Emirate threatens to attack the Afghan regime, claiming that it is working for the United States.

Ahrar al-Sham publishes a statement criticizing the renewed peace talks in Geneva between Syrian rebel factions and the Syrian regime. The organization claims that the ceasefire agreement was breached by Assad’s security forces and Iran, that Russia continues to act for the sake of strengthening the Syrian regime, and that the latter continued to adhere to the military option. Therefore, the negotiations are inherently wrong and all factions of the Syrian revolution must adhere to the continuation of the armed revolution against the Syrian regime.

The Shura Council of the Mujahideen in Derna announces that the city has been purified of the remains of the previous regime, especially IS fighters. According to the statement, the liberation of the city heralds the beginning of a new phase; namely, its rebuilding and the investment of efforts in maintaining stability and security in the region. In addition, the Council threatens that any future cooperation by residents of the city with General Haftar’s regime will warrant a severe response.

Ansar al-Islam in Bangladesh, Al-Qaeda’s branch in the Indian Subcontinent, continues its series of assassinations in Bagladesh. The organizations claims responsibility for the assassinations of Xulhaz Mannan and Samir Mahbub Tonoy, claiming that the two were working to promote homosexual relations in Bangladesh with American and Indian help since 1998.

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