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

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

  • Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, calls on “lone wolves” to attack commercial centers in the West, especially in the US, Canada and Britain. In his opinion, the attack carried out by its members on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013 should serve as a guideline for global jihad activists.
  • The Islamic State threatens the Jordanian authorities not to take part in the fighting and not to help international coalition forces in attacking the organization; otherwise the Jordanian army will pay a heavy price and will be forced to cope with rising terrorism in the Jordanian Kingdom, like the terrorism befalling Syria and Egypt.
  • The Islamic State threatens the Kurds not to help in the battle being waged against the organization by international coalition forces. To make its message clear, the organization shows prisoners from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in cages, who are later executed.
  • The leader of the Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Struggle (formerly Boko Haram), Abubakar Shekau, warns that elections in Nigeria will not pass peacefully. In addition, he attacks the leaders of Nigeria’s neighboring countries who take part in the battle against the organization, calls on Muslims in Nigeria to support his organization, and warns that the supporters of Barack Obama and François Hollande will be considered enemies and “sold in the market as slaves”.

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