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A campaign to fund terrorist attacks against Jews in Israel is underway on Twitter and Telegram. The "Al-Aqsa Nafeer Campaign," launched a few weeks ago, states that it aims to "prepare the mujahideen of Bait Al-Maqdis [Jerusalem, also used to designate Palestine]... [to carry out] jihadi and martyrdom operations targeting the Jews..." It also says that the attacks are aimed at "liberating the imprisoned Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the aggressing Jews."
This is not the first such campaign online; a campaign by the same name launched in July 2015 sought donations to support the families of Palestinian "martyrs" and prisoners, and collected food for the needy during Ramadan.
Following is the text of a statement titled "Who's Next?" issued by Mufti Abdullah Ashraf, spokesman of Ansar Al-Islam (the Bangladesh chapter of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent or AQIS). The statement lays out a broad definition of who is to be targeted by the mujahideen in Bangladesh, where the targeted killing of writers, journalists, and bloggers has been taking place:
"Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will humiliate them; He will grant you victory over them and heal the breasts of the believing people" (Koran's Chapter Tauba, Verse 14)."
A communique issued November 10, 2015 by the Islamic State in Al-Furat Province (a region in Iraq along the Euphrates around the cities Albu Kammal and Al-Qa'im) states that the SVBIED attack carried out that day against the Iraqi army in the Albu Hayat area (east of Haditha in the western Anbar province) was perpetrated by a Belgian fighter, Abdelmalek Boutalliss, aka Abu Nusaybah Al-Belgiki.
The widow of the famed Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) fighter Abdul Salam Mahmoud, is active on Facebook; on her account she uses the name Zaheeda Ummu Hamza. In her posts, she mainly reminisces about her husband, and about their shared experiences in Syria. Zaheeda is originally from South Africa, and according to her account, she currently resides in Pretoria. She has 242 Facebook friends, and 335 followers. Her husband was well known for his charity and aid work in Syria, perhaps even more so than for his battle prowess. A dispute is ongoing between fighters from JN and Islamic State (ISIS) over which group he actually fought with.
On November 12, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) foreign-language media wing Al-Hayat Media Center released a video narrated in Russian titled, in English, "Soon Very Soon The Blood Will Spill Like An Ocean." The video, nearly five minutes long, focuses on a threat to target Russians and take over Russian cities. In it, scenes of well-known ISIS beheading videos and of ISIS soldiers in combat are merged with images of Russian cities.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for today's suicide attack in Beirut, which killed over 35 people. ISIS said in its statement that the "caliphate soldiers" targeted a gathering of "polytheistic Rafidites," a reference to Shi'ites, in Hizbullah's stronghold area in southern Beirut.
On November 10, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Sinai released a 14-minute video titled "And Then They Will Be Vanquished", in which it responded to Operation Martyr's Right recently launched by the Egyptian army. The video features a masked gunman who urges the Egyptian soldiers to repent, or else be killed. He warns them that the mujahideen will penetrate deep into the territory of the tawaghit (tyrants), perhaps hinting at planned operations within Egypt itself, rather than in the Sinai peninsula.
On November 8, 2015, the information office for ISIS in Libya's Al-Barqa province released a six-minute video titled "A Message to Medical Staff Members". The speaker in the video that was distributed by the Nasher Al-Khilafa channel on Telegram and elsewhere, urges Muslims specializing in medicine to immigrate to the Islamic State and help their fighting brothers who sorely need them. Likewise, he announces that Libya would serve as a gateway for the conquest of Africa and Europe and would become the graveyard of the apostates, "the agents of America" [the Arab leaders of Libya and North Africa].
Following are excerpts from a video on ISIS tax collection in the Nineveh Province of Iraq, posted on the Internet on November 4, 2015:
Abu Al-'Abbas Al-Ansari: "Collection of the zakkat tax from the wealthy is carried out as follows: Each of the four departments has a professional tax-collecting team.
"'One of the tax-collecting teams doing the rounds in the markets of Mosul'"
ISIS Tax collector: "Assalaam Alaykum."
Shop-owner: "Alaykum Assalaam."
ISIS Tax collector: "Assalaam Alaykum."
Shop-owner: "Alaykum Assalaam."
On November 5, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Raqqa province released a video titled "Those Who Believe and Made the Hijrah", showcasing ISIS recruits from Trinidad and Tobago. Four Trinidadians are featured in the video, and there is also a scene showing young children studying in a classroom. The video is 11:20 long and was hosted on the Internet Archive (archive.org)
On November 8, 2015, media outlets affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) posted a 7-minute video titled "An Oath of Allegiance [Bay'a] from a Band of Somali Mujahideen to the Commander of the Faithful, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi". The 27 fighters shown in the video presumably defected from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, and are the second group to defect from Al-Shabab and join ISIS in recent weeks. One of the fighters reads a statement saying that, in adherence to Allah's command to unite the Muslims' ranks, the group pledges allegiance to Al-Baghdadi. He also conveys greetings to the Somali other group that has done so, comprising fighters from eastern Somalia led by 'Abd Al-Qader Mu'min. He concludes by calling on all Muslims to join ISIS.
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On November 11, 2015 the Islamic State (ISIS) information bureau in Aleppo released a 19-minute video, "Noble Youth," via the Telegram encrypted communications app, an Islamic State blog, and other outlets, documenting training and lessons provided at a training camp in Aleppo province for children of foreign fighters from Arab countries, Turkestan, and the Caucasus.
The video, professionally edited with a soundtrack of songs praising the sons and daughters of ISIS, opens with the narrator's praise for ISIS's jihad fighters who, he says, have followed in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions and emigrated from their countries to Syria and Iraq to establish an Islamic state based on the laws of Allah. He notes that these fighters have brought their children with them, so that they will follow in their path and succeed them, and that these children have become a beacon in advance of the vanguard, illuminating the path for the Islamic nation.
A group affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for hacking the Twitter account of Sheikh Tariq Abdelhaleem, who is widely known as a fierce critic of ISIS. A tweet posted on Abdelhaleem's hacked account stated that "the account was hacked by the Hacker of the Caliphate." The hacked accoubnt featured pro-ISIS material and tweets criticizing Abdelhaleem's anti-ISIS position.
Over the past week, a number of pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hackers announced that they were launching a cyber-attack campaign against Iran. The attackers, who tout themselves as being part of an 'elite' group of ISIS hackers, have targeted the Iranian government, as well as private institutions, and have released private information that they allegedly obtained from those attacks.
On November 10, 2015, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video documenting the group's recent battles against Syrian regime forces in Syria's Ghab Plain, northwest of Hama. This is the third video to be released by the group pertaining to the Ghab Plain battles.
According to an Urdu-language Pakistani daily, biscuit packets with Islamic State (ISIS) messages and propaganda are being sold in some parts of Pakistan.