his report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of…
This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of February 2014. Following are the main points covered in the report:
- The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and its supporters continue to maintain an intensive publicity campaign on jihadist Web forums and social networks in praise of the organization’s activities and doctrine. Videos, interviews and petitions by religious clerics and others emphasize that ISIS members are faithful servants of Islam and are forced to cope with the smear campaign being waged against the organization by its enemies who are trying to damage its power base and undermine its attempts to establish an Islamic Caliphate.
- Sheikh Abu Bakr Al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front, publishes a eulogy in memory of Sheikh Abu Khaled al-Suri, an emissary of Ayman al-Zawahiri in Syria who worked to find a compromise and end the fighting between the Al-Nusra Front and the ISIS, and criticized al-Suri’s killers. According to Al-Julani, the continued internal conflict among the various jihadist factions in Syria is impairing their fighting efforts and serving [the interests] of the enemies of Islam, and for this reason a compromise must be found.
- A new Salafi-jihadist group called “Jabhat al-Murabitin fi al-Iraq” announces its establishment and notes that its main efforts will concentrate on jihad against the Shi’ite regime and the remaining American presence in Iraq, the enforcement of shari’a [Islamic law], dawah activities among the people, and collaboration with the rest of the mujahideen in order to rebuild Iraq and the religious establishment within it.
- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Nigerian group, Boko Haram, threaten to attack French targets in response to the French military’s involvement in the Central African Republic following the deterioration of security in the region into chaos last year and its efforts to curb the growing influence of Muslims in the region.
- In Libya, the establishment of a new jihadist group called “The Martyrs’ Brigades – Brigade of Hamza Abu Chertalh” is announced. The new organization explains that it was established in order to defend Islamic values from liberal or secular ideas.
- Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, a Salafi-jihadist organization in the Sinai Peninsula, increases its terrorist activities against Egyptian targets. On February 16, 2014 the organization claims responsibility for the bombing of a tour bus at the Taba terminal, in which four people were killed.
- Salafi-jihadist organizations increase their activities against Iranian targets and Hezbollah targets in Lebanon. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims responsibility for a terrorist attack at the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut, and the Al-Nusra Front and the ISIS claim responsibility for the launch of rockets towards Hezbollah targets in south Lebanon.
- The Burmese Sheikh Abu Dhar ‘Azzam, a member of the Turkestan Islamic Party, calls on Muslim residents of Turkestan to offer monetary and dawah assistance to the mujahideen who emigrated to China. In addition, he promises that the Chinese and Buddhists’ turn will come and that Muslims will wage an all-out war against them.
- Visitors to the Hanein jihadist Web forum hold a discussion regarding the possibility of carrying out operations on Iranian territory. In their opinion, the establishment of additional Iranian Sunni jihadist movements would enable infiltration into Iran.