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
Armed men have stormed the Libyan parliament building in Tripoli and forced the parliamentary deputies to postpone the election of a new prime minister according to official sources. Continue reading
A notable German scholar recently said to me: “after the fall of the Brothers from power you talk a lot these days about the need to separate religion from the state; however the reality is that Islamism will continue to be one of the realities of political life in the Arab region whether the rule of the brotherhood had fallen or not.
The leader of the Movement of Islamic Resistance (Hamas), Mousa Abu Marzouq arrived this Monday morning in the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing from Cairo to participate in the national dialogue with the Fatah movement whose delegation will arrive later today.
Sigird Kaag, the president for the Organisation to Remove Chemical Weapons in Syria, has stated that the Syrian government has given up 80% of its stockpile of chemical weapons.
The Nobel peace prize laureate and Yemeni activist, Tawakkol Karman has stated that the announcement by Sisi that he is resigning from the military government so he put himself forward as a presidential candidate is effectively an installation of a new Pharaoh in Egypt.
This video from BBC Arabic shows training camps in Syria for Christians, some of whom have come from Europe, to fight in the civil war.
أوروبيون مسيحيون يقاتلون في سوريا حماية لأبناء دينهم
كل في سوريا يشن حربه المقدسة، ولم يعد هذا حصرا على الجهاديين. شبان مسيحيون أروبيون يخرجون من بلدانهم للانضمام لمجموعات كهذه.
“سوتورو”، مجموعة مسلحة مسيحية تقاتل في محافظة الحسكة شمال شرقي سوريا، مع بعض الفصائل الكردية ضد مسلحي القاعدة.
مركز الدراسات السويسري اجنفور، أعطى بي بي سي حق استخدام هذه الصور.
وقد التقيت رئيس المركز ليشرح لي عن وضع المسيحيين هناك.
تقرير مراد بطل الشيشاني.
Video: European Christians fighting in Syria in “protection of their faith”
Of all the groups who are waging a Holy war in Syria, the Jihadists no longer have a monopoly. European Christian youth are leaving their countries and joining these groups.
“Sotoro” is an armed Christian group fighting in al-Hasakah province in the north-east of Syria alongside armed Kurdish groups against al-Qaeda militants.
The Swiss Centre for Studies gave the BBC the right to use these images.
The BBC met with the head of the centre to discuss the situation of the Christians in Syria.
Report from Mourad Batal al-Shayshani.
Translated by Hamish Kinnear. Full article available here
The following is a poem (slightly abridged) by the Kuwaiti poet Su’ad al-Sabah. Translation the authors own. It offers a satirical viewpoint on women and writing. Continue reading
The following is a translation of a flyer being distributed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in the ar-Raqqa province of Syria. In it, ISIS urges rival factions in the conflict to repent and ask forgiveness from God.
A translation of the Syrian revolutionary song “Get Out Bashar!,” provided by Hamish Kinnear at the Edinburgh Arabic Initiative. Find the Arabic and English lyrics below.