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

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

The Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack on foreign tourists in a museum in Bardo, Tunisia. The organization promises that from now on Tunisia will be besieged with instability and terror, due to actions taken against the Muslim mujahideen.

Kurdish fighters in the Islamic State send a threatening message to their Kurdish brothers in Iran and Syria, warning them not to continue fighting against the organization – otherwise they will pay with their lives. In addition, the organization calls upon the Kurds to turn their backs on their leaders, since the leadership is secular, headed by Talabani and Barzani who collaborate with the Crusaders and the Jews. Furthermore, IS fighters vow to conquer Kurdish areas and thereby expand the areas of Islamic Caliphate control.

Islamic State fighters encourage Muslims living in Saudi Arabia and Jordan to carry out “lone wolf” attacks against western targets in their native regions. According to the fighters, it is easy to derive the components of explosives from food and household products, and bombs can then be assembled using online guides.

The establishment of a new Islamic umbrella organization called Jaysh al-Fath is announced. This organization unites seven military factions, including the Al-Nusra Front, a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. The organization’s goal is to liberate the Idlib Province, and other cities in Syria. According to the organization, special attention will be allotted to fighting against Iranian forces, Syrian regime forces, and Hezbollah Shia forces. The new organization’s first success is the liberation of Idlib from the grip of the Syrian regime.  

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