Tagged: caliphate

‘Explanatory statement about rumours of Jabhat al-Nusra’s announcement of an Islamic Emirate,’ 12 July 2014

The extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra (JaN), al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, reportedly declared an Islamic Emirate, two weeks after the rival Islamic State (IS) announced the establishment of a Caliphate. In the following statement, JaN explains the current situation surround rumours of its declaration. Continue reading

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‘Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledges allegiance to ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,’ el-Balad (Egypt), 30 June 2014

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