ATbar The Jund al-Khalifa and the Islamic State

The Jund al-Khalifa and the Islamic State

26/09/2014 | by Shay, Shaul (Dr.)  

A new armed group calling itself the “Jund al-Khalifa” (“Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria") split from Al-Qaeda's North African branch and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

Jund al-Khilafa kidnapped a French tourist in Algeria and threatened that he would be killed within 24 hours if France did not stop airstrikes against the Islamic State. Two days later, he was beheaded.

The abduction was announced on the same day that the spokesman for IS, warned that it would target Americans and other Western citizens, "especially the spiteful and filthy French", after French jets joined the US in carrying out strikes in Iraq on IS targets.

The current situation constitutes a war between two coalitions: One is a coalition of terrorism led by the Islamic State and its allies, and the other is the US-led coalition against terrorism. The terrorist groups extended the war beyond the area controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and turned it into a global war.

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