This 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 March 2014. Following are the main points covered in the report:
- Mutual accusations continue between members of the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). Sheikh Abu Abdullah al-Shami, member of the Al-Nusra Front’s Shura Council and Shari’a Committee, accused the ISIS of harming jihad efforts in Syria and of bickering based on misrepresentations and lies aimed at justifying its actions. According to him, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the ISIS, swore allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri in a letter after the killing of Osama bin Laden, but he denied this.
- Members of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan express their support for the ISIS in both written and recorded statements by one of its members, Abu al-Huda al-Sudani. A similar letter of support for the ISIS is published by several members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
- The ISIS publishes a detailed report summarizing the organization’s operations in Iraq during 2013 and reveals their broad scope: 7,681 terrorist attacks were carried out using car bombs, explosive devices, suicide attacks, shootings and more.
- The new Egyptian jihadist group, Ansar al-Sharia in Egypt, publishes a claim of responsibility for the killing of 28 police officers and security personnel in several operations throughout Egypt.
- A new jihadist periodical called Hasad al-Jihad is published, in which it describes the operations carried out by jihadist organizations in Egypt against the Egyptian regime.
- Jama Ansar al-Tawhid in Hind publishes a video that includes an appeal from Sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Indi, a member of the organization’s Sharia Council, to Muslims in India to act against the oppression, imprisonment and murder of Muslims by the Indian authorities.
- The Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus announces the selection of a new leader, Abu Muhammad al-Quqazi, following the death of its previous leader, Doku Umarov.
- The jihadist media institution of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Malahem, publishes a video about the life of Sheikh Said al-Shihri, the deputy leader of AQAP who was killed in July 2013.