In a statement Monday evening, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) announced its allegiance to ISIS.
In its statement, the group said: “Today, placing our trust in God Almighty and asking Him for proper guidance, we decided to pledge allegiance to Amir al-Mu’minin, Abu Bakr al-Qurashi al-Husseini al-Baghdadi, Caliph of the Muslims in Iraq and ash-Sham and all other Muslim countries.”
The statement added: “We call on our brothers in Egypt, Gaza, Libya and other countries of the Maghreb and Mashreq to trust in God, follow in our path and pledge allegiance to the Amir al-Mu’mini in order to unify the Muslims. God’s word is most high and we raise the banner of “There is no god but God, Mohammed is the messenger of God” high as it waves above the entire world.”
Notably, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks targeting police and army recruits in several places, especially in the Sinai Peninsula in recent months.
Translated by Kevin Moore.
Original article available here.
The militant Islamist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has pledged bay’ah (allegiance) to the emir of the newly declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (now also known as Caliph Ibrahim). In the past, the group has been responsible for multiple terrorist attacks on Egyptian soil, mainly in the restive Sinai peninsula. In addition to this pledge of allegiance, the group has also claimed responsibility for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. The new Islamic State, declared after major territorial gains were achieved in Iraq over the past three weeks, has called on all Muslims to pledge allegiance to its leader, which will certainly cause a strain with mainstream al-Qaeda, which disavowed the group earlier this year over its tactics. Continue reading
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