The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, announces the launch of “Operation Al-Khandaq”, claiming that the United States is not interested in ending the war, to defend holy sites, clerics and the village areas under attack by the US and due to the establishment of new American bases and the appearance of centers promoting promiscuity and alcohol consumption. According to the organization, the attack against the madrasa in Kunduz Province, in which dozens of people were killed, is proof that legitimate jihad must continue against “the invaders from outside and their supporters within”. It also stated that the operation will be based on guerilla warfare, attacks and infiltrations, focusing on the killing or capture of the “American invaders” and their local supporters.
The leadership ofAl-Qaeda and its branches condemn the air strike on the madrasain Kunduz Province in Afghanistan, in which many children were killed. According to the leadership, the attack demonstrates the “Crusader’s” desire to weaken Islam, damage its symbols and destroy the young generation that is being educated on the Quran. For this reason, the Afghan army and the regime that leads it, as well as the United States, are considered enemies who undermine the Quran and see fit to attack, first and foremost, anyone involved in its study. As a result of the attack, Al-Qaeda leadership calls on Muslims to continue studying the Quran, spreading its principles and instilling it everywhere.
Abd al-Hasan al-Mujahir, the spokesman for the Islamic State, calls on supporters of the organization to maintain a high morale for Allah has promised them victory over their enemies. According to him, the US failed in its efforts to wipe out the organization, and is showing signs of exhaustion and fatigue from the campaign against the organization. Moreover, according to him, many Muslims continue to swear allegiance to the Caliphate of the Islamic State and to assist it. In addition, al-Muhajir condemns the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, and declares that the IS intends to liberate Palestine when it succeeds in overcoming its enemies. He even calls on IS supporters to attack Jews wherever they may be.
Al-Muhajir also threatens that the IS will continue to carry out attacks against the West and calls on its supporters to continue to carry out ramming and stabbing attacks in the West, especially to intensify armed activities against Russia and Iran. In addition, he calls on supporters of the organization to attack the polling stations in Iraq during the elections to Parliament, set to take place on May 12, 2018, and to attack any Muslim who encourages participation in the elections.
SheikhAbu Ubeydah Ahmad Omar, the leader of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, appeals to jihad fighters in Syria in a rare interview to maintain unity among the ranks and continue jihad against the enemies in order to, among other things, thwart plots by enemies such as Russia to attack the jihad movement through various peace conferences and attempts to achieve a cease-fire in Syria. According to him, jihad in Syria must be independent, without any external support from any country and without foreign considerations. In addition, he calls on Muslims, especially those living in Turkey, to help the jihad battle in Syria, and emphasizes that jihad in Syria is the individual obligation of every Muslim.Abu Ubeydah even addresses the Palestinians and calls on them to continue to attack the Jews’ strongholds in Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
In addition, Abu Ubeydah clarifies that the Turkish regime, led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a secular regime that presents itself as one that acts for the good of Muslims and Islam, but actually helps the Crusaders in their war against Islam and Muslims in Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria. In light of this, Abu Ubeydah calls on Muslims, including clerics, to wage a widespread media campaign to expose Turkey’s hypocrisy.
Katibat ‘Uqba bin Nafi’, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)and operates in Tunisia, accuses France of the systematic persecution of the Tunisian people and of pillaging the country’s natural resources. According to the group, this trend receives the cooperation of politicians and those with local interests, and therefore the people of Tunisia must wake up and act to change the existing reality through jihad. In addition, the group threatens to attack French targets as long as France continues to pillage Tunisia’s natural resources, remains on Muslim land, and fights against the Muslims.
Ansar al-Tawhid and Huras al-Din, which are affiliated with Al-Qaeda in Syria, announce their merger under an umbrella organization called,“The Alliance of Supporting Islam” (Hilf Nusrat al-Islam). According to them, the merger is designed to “implement the religion on Earth and push away the enemy”.
Supporters of the Islamic Statelaunch an online campaign and call for the execution of terrorist attacks during the World Cup games in Russia, to be held in mid-June 2018. Alongside the threats published on social media, they also post instructions for carrying out an attack – selecting crowded sites that are at least monitored by the security forces, and using a truck or firearms to attacks the crowds.
This article is part of the RED-Alert project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 740688.