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Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites The Second Half of October 2015

Highlights 

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

  • Against the backdrop of Palestinian stabbing attacks against Jews in Israel, jihadist organizations, especially Al-Qaeda and the IS, launch an extensive and widely publicized campaign on the topic. This campaign is characterized by an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians, continued encouragement for the wave of attacks against Jews in Israel and around the world, and a vow to conquer Palestine and liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Jews. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, for example, claims that Israel receives support from world powers, especially the US, out of a desire to curb the spread of Islam and to weaken its power base and, therefore, they must also be fought against.
  • The Islamic State in Sinai Province claims responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai Peninsula and emphasizes that it was in response to Russian intervention in Syria. The organization threatens that Russia and its allies will continue to get a taste of the organization as long as it continues to intervene in Islamic lands, especially Syria.
  • The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan emphasizes that the war of jihad against the infidels in Afghanistan will continue despite the US decision to leave a force of 5,500 soldiers in Afghanistan. According to the Emirate, the US has lost the war in Afghanistan and its fate will be similar to that of the Soviet Union. In addition, the Emirate calls on jihadists to increase their attacks against American targets.
  • Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, publishes a new issue of its magazine in English, Al-Risalah. Among the articles published in the issue are: the importance of fulfilling the commandment to wage jihad, China’s repression of its Uighurs Muslim inhabitants and their part in the arena of jihad in Syria, and a financial prize on the head of Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, and Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria.
  • Abd al-Qadir Mumin, the senior leader of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, swears allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. In addition, he calls on Muslims everywhere to swear allegiance to the Islamic State Caliphate.

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