There appears to be a new and alarming threat by ISIS. They are spreading into parts of Egypt and Libya.
In mid-November, jihadists in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen swore allegiance to al Baghdadi and ISIS.
In an audio, Baghdadi accepted their oaths of allegiance and praised the jihadists.
Baghdadi announced “the expansion of the Islamic State to new lands, to the lands of al Haramain [meaning Saudi Arabia] and [to] Yemen, and to Egypt, Libya and Algeria.”
Particularly concerning is the alarming expansion into North Africa – Eastern Libya and the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
In the audio, Baghdadi said that other jihadist groups are nullified and all other jihadist groups owe their allegiance to Baghdadi as he expands his power.
ISIS has been demanding this from the beginning and it is this demand that caused the initial break with al-Qaida.
Some groups like al-Qaida don’t agree but they are losing the youth.
In Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the announcements did not come from well-known groups.
In Algeria, the announcement came from a group of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) veterans who have broken away from their parent organization and are now known as Jund al Khilafa. The Algerian-based jihadists had already sworn allegiance to Baghdadi earlier this year.
The announcement from Egypt was made by an anonymous jihadist group representing a faction of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (ABM), or Ansar Jerusalem, in the Sinai.
Baghdadi praised the jihadists in the Sinai specifically, offering them his congratulations because they “have carried out the obligation of jihad” and “terrified the Jews.”
There is every reason to believe that as they spread into Egypt and Libya, ISIS will be as vicious as they have been during other conquests.
U.S. officials have been very concerned about members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (ABM) who circulated a video resembling Islamic State’s slick propaganda wing.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis might prove the biggest threat to Cairo. ISIS is helping them to create new terror cells in Egypt’s heartland.
Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, said, ‘I don’t think there’s any doubt that the Islamic State is going to commit and claim responsibility for an increasing number of attacks in North Africa, both in Libya and the Sinai during the year ahead.’
In Darna, north-eastern Libya, a group of young militants reportedly from the Islamic Youth Shura Council who claim to control the town, declared its allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi earlier this month.
ISIS has been unable to win over most established jihadists in these areas but they are making inroads with young jihadists using an extensive propaganda campaign of brutal snuff films, glossy flyers, and inviting social media lures.
In the announcement, Baghdadi ended his diatribe by calling on the soldiers of IS to cause “volcanoes” of jihad to “erupt” everywhere.
Meanwhile, IS, the Al Nusra Front, the Islamic Front and Junud al Sham have been advertising training camps for children and teens to learn how to wage jihad. A camp in Aleppo is pictured below.
The U.N. said it appears that ISIS “systematically” provides weapons training to children, who subsequently are “deployed in active combat during military operations, including suicide-bombing missions.”
“In the recruitment and use of children under 18, ISIS has violated international humanitarian and human rights law,” the report found. “In using children below the age of 15, the group has committed a war crime.”
ISIS child soldier
These camps are appearing all over the mid-East and Africa, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and so on.
According to Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, a GITMO detainee for three years, has sworn allegiance to ISIS and is behind a graffiti campaign to spread the pro-ISIS messages throughout northern Pakistan. He has been named the head of the Islamic State’s presence in the “Khorasan,” an area that covers much of Central and South Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran
Obama is more concerned about releasing current GITMO prisoners out of the country so he can close it down and making a bad deal with Iran. He is not concerned about the dangers all this poses.
On November 20th, Obama released five detainees from GITMO, three to Georgia and two to Slovakia.
Four of the transferred detainees are Yemenis: Abdel Ghalib Ahmad Hakim, Hussein Salem Mohammed, Slah Muhamed Salih al Zabe, and Abdul Khaled Ahmed Sahleh al Bedani.
Hisham Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti, the fifth detainee transferred, is a Tunisian.
Obama’s cut-’em-loose taskforce recommended they be transferred instead of outright released so security measures could be put in place.
A leaked Joint Task Force threat assessment however said that three of the five were “high” risks to the U.S., its interests and allies (Sliti, Hakim, and Mohammed). They were not recommended for release. Babe poses a medium risk and Bedani was deemed a “medium” risk and may pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies.
ISIS continues to destroy all remnants of Christians and Yazidis. Doctors who have treated young kidnapped victims have said they never saw such horrific sexual and mental abuse on women and girls. Little boys are badly abused as well.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report that says the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) kidnapped and tortured Kurdish children from Kobane in Syria.
According to children who escaped, militants beat children with electric cables “on the hands, back, and soles of their feet, especially when they misbehaved.” One boy screamed “Oh Mother!” when he was caught in another room. A witness said this boy “was strung up, suspended with his hands tied behind his back, one foot tied to his hands, and told he should call on God not his mother.”
ISIS has been crucifying Christian children, beheading babies, murdering the adult males and bringing women to brothels or marrying them off to jihadis where they suffer unspeakable abuses.
As we sit idly by with no discernible foreign policy other than to withdraw from the world stage, the world is becoming a far more dangerous place.