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

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

Abu Muhammad al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front, emphasizes in an interview with the Al-Jazira network that the organization obeys the commands of Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of Al-Qaeda, and that it continues its efforts to topple the Syrian regime. According to al-Julani, on the day after Assad’s government is toppled, the organization will take action against Hezbollah in Lebanon. He claims that his organization will be prepared to accept the Alawi people if they lay down their weapons, disassociate from Bashar al-Assad, and accept upon themselves the true Islam. In addition, he added that the Khorasan cell was invented by the United States, and that the Islamic State prevents its members from fully focusing their efforts on fighting against the Syrian regime and its allies.

The Islamic State claims responsibility for a suicide attack carried out by one of its fighters against a Shi’ite house of prayer in the city of Dammam in East Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Islamic State emphasized the importance of fighting against the Shi’ite minority and members of the Saudi regime, and calls upon Sunnis to purge them from the Arabian Peninsula.

The Islamic State focuses its efforts on public relations, with the goal of recruiting people who speak Somalian. In one of its videos, some of the fighters – speaking in Somalian – call upon Muslims in Somalia to join the organization’s ranks.

Al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement calls upon Muslims in Southeast Asia, and particularly those in Bangladesh, Malasia, Indonesia, and Thailand to help the thousands of Muslims from the Rohingya group who escaped from Myanmar, after the latter were persecuted by their government. According to the Al-Shabaab, despite the physical distance between the Mujahideen in Africa and those in Asia, relieving the distress of the Rohingya group is very important to Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen because the main goal of jihad is to relieve the suffering of Muslims all over the world, and not only in Africa.

The Salafi jihadist movement and supporters of the Islamic State in the Gaza Strip express harsh criticism for Hamas, due to its persecution of members of the movement.

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