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

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

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban in Afghanistan) officially announces the death of Mullah Omar, the leader of the Emirate, from an illness. Following his death, many jihadist leaders and organization eulogize him. In addition, the Emirate announces the appointment of his deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, as the new leader of the Emirate.

Islamic State fighters from Turkestan call on Muslim residents of Turkestan to emigrate from their homeland and join the Islamic Caliphate under the leadership of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The organization also calls on Turkestani Al-Nusra Front fighters in Syria to defect and join the Islamic State.

Sheikh Abu ‘Ubatdha Ahmad ‘Umar, the leader of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, releases his first message since being appointed to the role, regarding his organization’s resolve in the fight against the Crusader conspiracy to weaken Islam and to steal the natural treasures of Muslim lands. In light of this, he calls on tribes in Somalia to help wage jihad against the enemies of Islam and he calls on Muslims in Kenya to join jihad as well. According to him, his organization is ready and willing to absorb into its ranks Muslims from East Africa, including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Central Africa, due to their persecution at the hands of the local regimes. In addition, he announces the establishment of a new army unit called the “Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr Brigade” to help in the battle against enemies of Islam.

Ajnad Misr declares the renewal of jihad operations in the Egyptian arena and threatens to intensify terrorist attacks against Egyptian security forces.

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