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

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

Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri accuses Iran of blatantly meddling in Yemen’s internal affairs as a result of its ambition to expand its field of influence in the region. According to him, the United States and Iran are waging a joint battle today against Yemen’s Sunni residents and the latter must resist those who lead this attack using armed force.  Al-Zawahiri also accuses the Lebanese Hezbollah movement of helping Assad’s regime to slaughter Sunnis in Syria. Al-Zawahiri further threatens to take revenge on the US if it carries out its intention to execute seven Muslim prisoners, including the perpetrators of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes a guidebook containing advice for Muslims living in the US on how to carry out individual jihad activities on US soil. According to the organization, the massacre committed by Omar Mateen, a Muslim American citizen, at an LGBT club in Orlando should serve as a source of inspiration for Muslim terrorists in the west because of the many advantages embodied in the attack. According to the organization, INSPIRE magazine serves as a good guide to help “individual jihad” by, among other things, teaching readers how to build bombs to plant in crowded areas. According to the organization, it is better to focus on the Anglo-Saxon community and avoid attacks against minorities since the former belongs to the American elite and the leadership echelon of the United States.

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent criticizes the Pakistani government and armed forces for cooperating with the US in killing jihadists, such as Osama bin Laden, the former leader of Al-Qaeda, and Akhtar Mansour, the former leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, on Pakistani soil. According to the organization, this constituted betrayal and ingratitude towards Muslims in Pakistan. In light of this, Muslims in Pakistan must join the ranks of the mujahideen in the various jihad fronts against the US and its ally, Pakistan. Moreover, every Muslim has an individual obligation to protect the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the aggression of coalition forces, led by the US.

The Islamic State in Khorasan Province calls on Muslims in the west to initiate terrorist attacks against civilians and soldiers in the west using any means possible, include stabbings, rammings and poisonings. According to the organization, Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of the attack at an LGBT club, is considered a role model in this matter.

The Islamic State concentrates efforts on recruiting supporters from Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, southern Thailand and Singapore, by launching a new magazine called Al-Fatihin in the Malay language, and by calling on armed groups in these areas to unite and swear allegiance to Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic Caliphate.

The Islamic State announces the establishment of its official branch in the Philippines, composed of several armed groups that left the Abu Sayyaf group, as part of its efforts to recruit new supporters and expand its influence in Southeast Asia. Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino members of the organization call on their countrymen to sweat allegiance to al-Baghdadi and to carry out attacks in those countries or migrate to various arenas of jihad.

The Islamic State encourages the murder of Muslim preachers in Serbia-Bosnia, such as Muamer Zukorlic, a former mufti and current member of the Serbian Parliament, claiming that they have become a tool in the hands of politicians instead of defending Islam and, therefore, they must be killed. Against the backdrop of these threats, IS supporters launch an online campaign calling on Muslims in Bosnia to join the organization’s efforts to kill infidels and join the ranks of the organization.

Various IS media institutions publish several videos criticizing Saudi Arabia’s “religious police”, presenting it as a defective body as compared to the Islamic State’s hisbah department.

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