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The Islamic State is persistently demoralizing European unity by launching divisive attacks within its borders -- the most recent attack on the Catholic Church aims directly at the French sense of identity.
The cartoon image is a clear rendering of the Islamic State’s execution by Jihad John of journalist James Foley in 2014 - even down to the gun strap Jihadi John wore, which is recreated in the image of the US flag.
The way social media works these days, people do not really ‘follow’ or ‘friend’ others, but instead read hashtags and look for further information on that hash tag, islamic State learned this social media trick early. The technique now appears to be used by people and groups promoting violence against police.
Even from the grave, the power of Anwar al-Awlaki can not be underestimated.
The focus should be on whether these two terror cells and their members are connected to each other and to other self-starter cells or other lone wolf operatives.
They could go completely dark at some point, in a way, it is scarier not to see them at all, rather than to see what they are doing.
Even though some of the Islamic State channels were taken off Thursday Telegram, they were quickly able to reorganize and launch new channels, within 5 minutes, the Islamic State was back on line.
Many threats are being issued against Russia because of their intervention in Syria since September, and this video is clearly just one more threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The video is a clear threat to Russia, and to a certain extent to other Western countries.
By showing that they have state-like powers, that Islamic State fighters are a real army and not mere disorganized combatants, and that Islamic State fighters operate as such, The Islamic State is attempting to impress and instill fear in the populations it targets as its enemies, they are showing that they are a force to be reckoned with.
That just means that Telegram will consider taking down bots or stickers if you complain but they refuse to take down any real people.
The new frontier of jihadi communication is taking place on a Telegram – a recently launched messaging platform that has revolutionized the social media sphere, and at least for now put an end to any watchdog oversight, because of Telegram, jihadists no longer have to struggle to keep up with relentless account suspensions and content removal.
FromAl Qaeda in the Arabian PeninsulatoJabhat al-Nusra toAnsar al-Sharia in LibyatoJaysh al-Islam, the rate of membership escalation for each discrete channelis staggering, within a week's time, one single Islamic State channel went from 5,000 members to well over 10,000 members. Though it is unclear if what is commonly referred to as ‘ the ISIS fan club ’ will migrate toTelegram, what is clear is that the hard core disseminators already have.
Islamic State executions are not merely retribution by the state for behavior seen as illegal, the Islamic State uses executions to intimidate and dominate the local population, for diplomatic communiqus to world leaders, for recruitment purposes and to demonstrate the organization is in complete control.
The practicing of anything that is not approved by Islamic State under their very strict interpretation of Islam is ‘Haram’ or forbidden, if the Islamic State thinks that sorcery is real, then black magic would be a threat to them and seen as a danger.
Many believed that Wuhayshi’s pedigree and trusted status made him the favorite to take over after Zawahiri’s demise.
The CIA’s success has left AQAP both guessing and pointing fingers at how the organization’s very careful leadership has been caught so off guard, in order to complete its expansion dreams, the Islamic State either needs to win over core AQAP support or kill off its opposition letting the rest fold into its ranks. The Islamic State has the most to gain, offing of important AQAP leadership.
According to the Algerian security forces, Safieddine al-Mauritani and another member of the group were traveling to Mali in a four-wheel vehicle loaded with arms and a considerable amount of cash to execute attacks.
The situation inMauritania isa powder kegveryfew people are talking about.
The fear of returning foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq is high, butMauritania-trained fighters are not even on anyone's radar.
The situation was resolved following negotiations with the public prosecutor and Chief of the National Guards, the detainees were releasedon Feb. 23 and are free to pursue their jihadist activities.
This is not a travel destination, the only reason to be there from a Western country is to train for terrorism.
By Boko Haram pledging to the Islamic State, Shekau has secured a safe haven for Boko Haram's leadership. Even if the current Nigerian offensives are to succeed, a temporary escape could be made to another IS stronghold from where Boko Haram's life cycle can be maintained irrespective of distance.
Shekau so desperately seeks.
Given the fact that Boko Haram not only controls large swaths ofterritory, holds hundreds and hundreds of hostages, and is the most successful terror operation out of Africa right now, ISIS has gained a real foothold.
Boko Haram has entered the realm of international jihadism, and by so doing will gain prestige among the vast supporters of Islamic State.
If you have spent any time watching Boko Haram, you would know that Shekau is truly insane and his version of Islam is even too radical for Islamic State, a mixture of part witch doctor/part voodoo/part radical Islam. He is usually screaming, surrounded by a posse, and at least one tank, this last video is a totally new Shekau, calm, cool collective.Someone is directing his image. My thought is he is a wild card that Islamic State cannot afford to ally with unless they rebrand him or get rid of him entirely.
The very first video presented on this account was ‘new style’ video featuring an interview with a Boko Haram spokesman, not Shekau, this is very important to note because Shekau loves himself so much he almost never allows a major video to go out where he is not the star.
Jan. 18, Boko Haram opened its first Twitter account -- it was taken down within a week, but the group had never tried a campaign via Twitter before, there was grassroots support for Boko Haram from Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts.
I believe Boko Haram is more than just copying the Islamic State -- their image is being ‘shaped’ at very least in the ISIS media wing, immediately after Baghdadi declared the Islamic State Caliphate, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau did the same. We then started seeing (in the videos) the Islamic State flags being painted onto Boko Haram’s most prized possessions, their AFVs and tanks, most recently on Feb. 20 during the ops within the Northeastern Nigeria border.
This is huge news, i believe Boko Haram is more than just copying the Islamic State -- their image is being ‘shaped’ at very least in the ISIS media wing.
This latest release shows Boko Haram is not a mere copycat of ISIS; rather, it is incorporating itself into the Islamic State, the organization even claims it is part of the ‘Islamic State Africa.’.
The Islamic State’s manipulation of the their high-production videos has become commonplace.
Islamic State has been revolutionary in using the green screen technique, most likely to limit exposure to drones [and] satellite [locating of] their operations, the producer probably required that only the cameraman and his assistant be present for the outdoor frames. Later, in post production, the editors dropped in the executions.
Not only did it lack the correct blood pulsation for decapitation, but seems to have had the blood ‘faked’ with cornstarch.
Add to this the measures France has taken to protect itself against the insider threat it faces, including banning the niqab (veil or mask), plus the usual complaints that Western religious freedom actually oppresses Muslims by exposing them to what they find morally reprehensible, and there you get the reason for their repeated, triumphal rejection of France.
The theme of most of their interviews is that France is no place for a Muslim, as they cannot truly actualize their faith in that country.
It’s very possible that the Paris attacks were influenced by this video, which was extremely popular with the Twitter crowd.
Ever since the Charlie Hebdo attacks ‘avenged’ the prophet, there has been a growing trend to justify terrorist acts, such as this murder, by claiming it was an act of vengeance, just this week in Sinai, Egypt, ISIS released a video titled, ‘We Swear We Will Revenge.’.
We have never seen someone move about this rapidly, what makes it even more unusual is that she is newly traveled to Islamic State. Having only been there since Dec. 8, it is odd that she would become so active so quickly once arriving.
Though we have seen this trend of using the images of the foreign fighters of this video as avatars on Twitter, it is pretty bold to feature the severed head.
It is not merely the amount and location, but also the time frame — she has been very active in what essentially adds up to three weeks.
Based on L.A.’slocations and congruent battles in these locations, it is been assumed that she is conducting, at least on some level, surveillance for the Islamic State.
What makes it even more unusual is that she is newly traveled to Islamic State. Having only been there since Dec. 8, it is odd that she would become so active so quickly once arriving.
What is really surprising is that in a very short period of time, L.A. appears to have taken an extremely active role with ISIS.
She had interactions with key players known in the region, plus there is no way to fake the location services pinging from the actual phone.If you look at her locations outside of Kobani and Mosul — they were all strongholds we can pinpoint down to the actual house on the street.
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