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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of August 2015. Following are the main points covered in the report:
Abubakr Shekau, the leader of the Islamic State in West Africa (formerly Boko Haram), denies rumors of his death that were published by the Nigerian media. He emphasizes that his organization continues to act under the banner of the Islamic State and the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.
Islamic State fighters send a threatening message, in Turkish, to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and accuse him of betraying the Muslim Nation due to Turkey’s cooperation with Western countries, Israel, the PKK and other infidel Muslim countries, his devotion to democracy, and his unwillingness to implement shari’a. In light of this, the fighters call on the Turkish people to renounce the Turkish regime and help the Islamic State in any way possible, and they threaten that their organization will conquer Istanbul.
The Islamic State launches a video regarding the gold dinar that was minted and circulated in the territories under the control of the Islamic State caliphate. According to the video, the new currency is supposed to help trade and economic life, and to weaken the economy of the United States, which is working to strengthen its influence in the world by distributing dollars to various regimes around the world.