By Rita Katz on Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Category: Jihad

Interactive Map: The Islamic State’s Global Network of Pledged and Supporting Groups

Much of the West’s perception of Islamic State (IS) has been framed by beheading videos and its resilient presence on social media. But while these dimensions of IS do serve to inform us of its horrid brutality and flimsy ideology, many miss an urgent and often understated point: the group is spreading across the globe—and quickly. 

Since its takeover of large swaths of Iraq and Syria, followed by the self-establishment of its “Caliphate,” IS has expanded outward, with offered support and pledges of allegiance from groups in numerous countries, including Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, and Libya.  

This cancerous growth of IS should trigger alarm and, perhaps more importantly, a demand for a substantive plan of action from our leaders. The U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes on the IS bases in Iraq and Syria have failed to “dismantle” the group. Since the collation’s initiation, IS was able to spread its infrastructure, recruit, conduct military operations and terrorist attacks, and inspire lone wolf attacks and attempts throughout the West. 

Still, President Obama’s recent comments regarding his proposal for authorization of military force against IS indicate a narrow geographical focus—primarily on Iraq and Syria. As of now, IS’s network shows 24 provincial divisions, including three in Libya, one in Khorasan [Afghanistan/Pakistan], Yemen, Sinai, and others spread throughout Iraq and Syria.  

Between February 18 and 19, IS announced two more provinces in northern Iraq: “al-Jazeera” and “Dijla [Tigris].”

To promote a better understanding of what has become IS’s worldwide network, SITE Intelligence Group has compiled an interactive map of offered support and pledges of allegiance from different countries. Note: the map focuses only on groups that pledged to IS or offered their support; it does not account for individual pledges or expressions of support.

Courtesy of SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP

Groups Pledging Allegiance 

COUNTRY

DATE

GROUP

Afghanistan

Oct 6, 2014

Ansar Tawhid in the Land of Hind  

Afghanistan

Sep 27, 2014

Tawhid Battalion

Afghanistan Pakistan

Feb 2, 2015

Khorasan Province

Algeria

Sep 10, 2014

Junda al-Khilafah in the Land of Algeria

Egypt

Sep 23, 2014

Junda al-Khilafah in the Land of Kinana

Egypt

Nov 9, 2014

Sinai Province (formerly Ansar Beit al-Maqdis)

Indonesia

Jul 2, 2014

Mujahideen Indonesia Timor (Mujahideen East Indonesia)

Indonesia

Aug 4, 2014

Abu Bakr Bashir

Iraq

Jul 29, 2014

Ansar al-Islam (Members)

Iraq

Feb 18, 2015

al-Jazeera Province

Libya

Nov 10, 2014

Tripoli Province

Libya

Nov 10, 2014

Fezzan Province

Libya

Nov 10, 2014

Barqa Province

Nigeria

March 7, 2015

Boko Haram

Pakistan

Jul 10, 2014

Caliphate & Jihad Movement

Pakistan

Jul 11, 2014

Abtalul Islam Media

Palestine

Nov 10, 2014

Supporters of the Islamic State in Beit al-Maqdis

Philippines

Aug 13, 2014

Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines

Philippines

August, 2014

Bangasamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Saudi Arabia

Nov 10, 2014

Mujahideen of the Arabian Peninsula

Syria

Jun 30, 2014

Army of the Companions

Syria

Oct 2, 2014

Myriad Jihadi factions, Sunni tribes

Yemen

Nov 10, 2014

Supporters of the Islamic State in Yemen

Yemen

Feb 10, 2015

Dhamar governorate

Yemen

Feb 10, 2015

Sana’a governorate


Groups Offering Support
 

COUNTRY

DATE

GROUP

Afghanistan Pakistan

Sep 24, 2014

IMU

Nigeria

Jul 1, 2014

Boko Haram

Pakistan

Dec 5, 2014

Jamia Hafsa

Palestine

Oct 7, 2014

Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem

Philippines

Jun 25, 2014

Abu Sayyaf

Sahara

Jun 25, 2014

Division of AQIM-Central Region

Sudan

Jul 24, 2014

Al-Attasam belKetab wa al-Sunna

Tunisia

Sep 14, 2014

Uqba bin Nafi Battalion

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