Thread: Nothing new in the latest IS leadership message delivered by its spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi. It incites violence and insists that the group is still strong - "Baqiya" (here to stay), says Abu Hamza repeatedly.
The message addresses IS soldiers in various wilayat (branches), calling out key ones. He tells IS militants in Yemen معلش (there there) following the big Aug setback at the hands of Houthis in Bayda; tells IS militants in Iraq to be steadfast despite "hardships and scarcity"
Warmly congratulates IS militants in Afghanistan for their prison attack in Jalalabad in Aug; urges IS militants worldwide to follow this example and focus on targeting prisons. Reminds them that Iraq prison breaks in 2013 preceded "the great conquests" of IS (land-grabs in 2014)
Pays tribute to IS militants in "West and Central Africa"; singles out militants in Mozambique in praise; sends a broader message to Muslims in Africa; urges them to confront missionaries and aid workers
More broadly, welcomes to the fold Muslims who have allegedly sent their pledges of allegiance to IS, telling them that IS has received and accepted their pledges. Doesn't specify from who or where these came from...
"We have happily received your pledges...and we inform you that the caliph...has accepted your pledges and sends his greetings and urges you to not hasten in reaping the fruit. Choose targets carefully and terrorise the parties of disbelief and apostasy", he cryptically said.
This may suggest that IS is telling this new "branch" or new joiners to lie low until the time is right to declare their affiliation
He gloats that the Americans are pulling out their troops from Muslim lands - names, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan - and says it's the result of blows by "the mujahidin" for over a decade
There are more details that are best not to share here
No hint about the ID or status of IS's so-called caliph, Abu Ibrahim, apart from telling new joiners that he sends his greetings.
The message was recorded in or after September as the spokesman refers to the deals that the UAE and Bahrain stuck in Aug & Sep respectively with Israel to normalise relations
It comes between two key dates for IS: the third anniversary of its loss of Raqqa in Syria (17 Oct 2017) and the first anniversary of its loss of its former leader Baghdadi (26/27 Oct 2019) - neither of which the spokesman mentions
Hundreds of IS supporters online, over 500 so far, have rushed to renew their pledges of allegiance to IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, who has yet to make an appearance or deliver a message. The pledges are aggregated & shared by a dedicated channel, in a strong show of support

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16 Oct
Islamic State group (IS) #ISIS has claimed its first attack in Tanzania in a southern area (Mtwara Region) near the border with Mozambique, where IS is active.…
IS made the claim on 15 October in the name of its so-called Central Africa Province branch, which was declared in April 2019 and includes Mozambique and DR Congo
IS said its militants attacked a Tanzanian army barracks on 14 October in the village of Kitaya in Mtwara Region, prompting clashes with security forces that resulted in "the death or injury of a number of [Tanzanian soldiers]".
Read 6 tweets
6 Aug
Thread: 1) #ISIS & prison breaks: In the latest issue of its weekly paper al-Naba, ISIS highlights how the goal of freeing male and female prisoners linked to the group is “at the top of its list of priorities”, urging its militants to totally focus on this goal
2) IS dedicated a lengthy editorial to the subject and separately in the publication shared details of its 2-3 Aug attack on a central prison in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, in which IS said it freed “hundreds” of Muslims, including members of the group
3) In al-Naba, IS repeated its earlier claim that 11 militants had taken part in the attack, but this time revealed that 4 were Indian, 4 Tajik and 3 were Afghan, according to their noms de guerre. (an earlier recording attributed to IS "Khorasan" official gave similar info)
Read 13 tweets
18 Jun
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (#AQIM) has confirmed the death of its Algerian leader Abdelmalek Droukdel (aka Abu Musab Abd al-Wadud) in a French operation in northern Mali, without naming a successor. France had announced his death on 5 Jun saying he died on 3 June.
The audio message was delivered by AQIM's media chief Abu Abd al-Ilah Ahmad who delivered four messages but gave no info about who may succeed Droukdel. AQIM senior figure Abu Ubaydah Yusuf al-Annabi in my opinion is a strong contender.
The AQIM media chief offered condolences to jihadists in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Algeria on the death of "your emir". This highlights the broader/overarching role played by the AQIM leader with regard to jihadists in the Sahel (#JNIM) and not just in North Africa.
Read 5 tweets
6 Jun
THREAD: If al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb #AQIM confirms the reported death of its leader Abu Musab Abd al-Wadud (aka Abdelmalek Droukdel), who might it name as successor?
The first person that comes to mind is Abu Ubaydah Yusuf al-Annabi, who is described as the head of AQIM's 'Council of Elders'. He's been the public face of AQIM and delivered most of its messages in 2019 on the subject of the Algeria protests.
Another figure in the group is AQIM's head of media, Abu Abd al-Ilah Ahmad, but he doesn't have a strong profile.
Read 9 tweets
28 Jan
Thread: The IS leadership message announcing a new phase of the group’s jihad focused on targeting Jews inside and outside Israel, coincides with the unveiling today of Trump’s deal of the century, welcomed by Israeli officials and denounced by Palestinians.
By declaring the Palestinian cause at the heart of its new strategy, IS’s new leadership led by the mysterious Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, is likely trying to
A) Make its mark and make headlines
B) Win the support of ordinary Palestinians (IS has in the past failed to establish a foothold in Palestinian territories) and the support of Muslims more broadly, and what better time to do it than now.
Read 10 tweets
27 Jan
The message is from its spokesman, Abu Hamza al-Qurashi, and so far - nearly half the msg - he's only listing IS's history (predecessors, leaders, etc). Will see if he offers anything interesting, esp about the current leader
The IS slogan 'Baqiya' (here to stay) makes a strong comeback in this message. The spokesman says it repeatedly and defiantly
Also, stresses at least twice that IS is fighting in Syria, Iraq and other places but "has its sights on Jerusalem"
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