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IS al-Bayan News Bulletin for April 23, 2015

The Islamic State (IS) released the English edition of its al-Bayan news bulletin for April 23, 2015, reporting on its attacks and media activities in Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Sinai, Syria, and Yemen.

Thursday, 23 April 2015
IS Fighter in ar-Raqqah Advises Boko Haram to Prepare for Attacks Due to its Pledge

A fighter in ar-Raqqah Province of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria gave advice to Boko Haram in a video, suggesting it prepare for attacks due to its pledging allegiance to the IS, and also urged fighters in Tunisia to pledge.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015
IS-Linked Twitter Accounts Refer to Boko Haram as “West Africa Province”

The Islamic State (IS) has apparently rebranded the Nigeria-based Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what was known as Boko Harma, as “West Africa Province”.

Monday, 16 March 2015
IS Spokesman Threatens Enemy to Convert or Be Subjugated, Accepts Boko Haram’s Pledge of Allegiance

The Islamic State (IS) released an audio speech from its official spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani, threatening enemies from among Jews and “Crusaders” to convert or be subjugated, and announcing the IS’ acceptance of the pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram.

Thursday, 12 March 2015
IS Fighters and Supporters Welcome Boko Haram Pledge, Tout International Network

Twitter accounts of Islamic State (IS) fighters and supporters offered welcoming messages to the Nigeria-based jihadist group Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad (AKA Boko Haram) after its leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, recently pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Monday, 09 March 2015
Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to IS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr Shekau, head of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as Boko Haram, pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Saturday, 07 March 2015
Boko Haram Beheads Two Spies in Video

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, the media division of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," released the first episode in a series called "Harvest of Spies," showing the beheading of two men.

Monday, 02 March 2015
Boko Haram’s Shura Council Allegedly Studying Possible Pledge to IS

Afriqiyah Media, a jihadi media group, published a collection of messages attributed to the Nigeria-based Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as “Boko Haram,” including one in which it announced that its Shura Council is studying a possible pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

Sunday, 22 February 2015
Boko Haram Media Division Claims Baga Still Under Group Control

Boko Haram’s media division, al-Urqa al-Wuthqa Foundation, claimed that the group still controls the town of Baga in Nigeria’s Borno State, despite government claims that the army recaptured it.

Sunday, 22 February 2015
Boko Haram Video Shows Attacks in Baga, Maiduguri

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, the media division of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as “Boko Haram,” released a video showing scenes of attacks in Baga and Maiduguri in Borno State.

Saturday, 21 February 2015
Boko Haram Media Division Publishes Photo Report on Raid in Gombe

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, the media division of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," published a photo report on its raid in Gombe in which fighters freed prisoners.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Boko Haram Threatens Attacks in Chad, Moving War into Cities in Niger

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa wal Jihad, or what is known as “Boko Haram,” threatened attacks in Chad in retaliation for the coalition it gathered against it in Nigeria, and warned Niger that if it persists in its role in the coalition, then fighters will move the war to the “depths” of its cities.

Monday, 16 February 2015
Boko Haram Media Division Reports Fighters Freeing Prisoners in Gombe

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, the media division of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," reported that fighters freed prisoners from a jail in Gombe, Nigeria.

Sunday, 15 February 2015
Boko Haram Media Division Reports Attacks in Diffa (Niger) and Gambaru (Nigeria)

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, the media division of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," reported attacks in the city of Diffa in Nigeria and the city of Gambaru in Nigeria.

Saturday, 14 February 2015
Ansaru Video Vilifies Nigerian Army, Promotes Jihad

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) released a video vilifying the Nigerian army and promoting jihad and its fighters.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Boko Haram Media Division Publishes Pictures of People, Landscapes in Group-Held Territory

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, the media division of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," published a series of photos showing people and landscapes in group-held territory.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Boko Haram Releases Video on Implementing Shariah Law on Muslims in Nigeria

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," released a video on implementing Shariah law on Muslims, showing scenes of fighters severing the hand of a thief, flogging a fornicator, and stoning a man.

Monday, 09 February 2015
Boko Haram Video Shows Clash in Yobe State, Fighters Inside Government House

Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or what is known as "Boko Haram," released a video on clashes in Nigeria's Yobe State and fighters inside the Government House in Damaturu.

Monday, 09 February 2015
Boko Haram Challenges Chad-led Coalition, Threatens Attacks in Niger

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa wal Jihad, or what is known as Boko Haram, challenged the Chad-led coalition against it and threatened attacks in one of the coalition partners, Niger.

Sunday, 01 February 2015
Boko Haram Claims Attack in Cameroon to Teach Government a “Lesson”

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, which identifies itself as the official mouthpiece for “Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad,” or what is known as Boko Haram, issued a message on behalf of the group claiming an attack in Fotokol, a town in northern Cameroon.

Saturday, 31 January 2015
Ansaru Fighter Distinguishes Group from Boko Haram in Video, Threatens People who Insult the Prophet Muhammad

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) released a video in which a fighter distinguished the group from Boko Haram and threatened those who insult the Prophet Muhammad.

Thursday, 29 January 2015
English-Speaking Boko Haram Fighter Discusses Group’s Purpose in Video

An English-speaking fighter in the Nigeria-based Boko Haram discussed the group's purpose in a video, stating that they wage jihad to empower Islamic Shariah and not for land, money, or democracy.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Boko Haram Mouthpiece Reports on Presence of Fighters in Monguno

Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Foundation, which identifies itself as the official mouthpiece for "Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad," or what is known as Boko Haram, reported on the presence of the group's fighters in Monguno in Nigeria's Borno state, despite government claims of controlling the city.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Alleged Boko Haram Mouthpiece Releases Visual Interview with Group Spokesman about Baga Attack

Al-Urwa al-Wuthqa Foundation, which identifies itself as the official mouthpiece for “Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad,” or what is known as Boko Haram, released an interview with an individual it identified as the group’s spokesman regarding the attack in Baga.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Alleged Boko Haram Mouthpiece Publishes Pictures of Fighters in Gambaru, Children Training

Al-Urwa al-Wuthqa Foundation, which identifies itself as the official mouthpiece for “Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad,” or what is known as Boko Haram, published alleged photos of fighters in Gambaru, Nigeria, and children training with rifles.

Sunday, 25 January 2015
Alleged Mouthpiece for Boko Haram Reports Attacks Near Cameroon-Nigeria Border

Al-Urwa al-Wuthqa Foundation, which identifies itself as the official mouthpiece for "Jama'at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad," or what is known as Boko Haram, reported three attacks near the Cameroon-Nigeria border.

Thursday, 22 January 2015
Boko Haram Leader Speaks on Baga Attack, Condemns Depiction of Muhammad by Charlie Hebdo

Boko Haram released a video of its leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, speaking about the group’s attacks in the Nigerian town of Baga and condemning the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Nigeria-based Ansaru Claims Defeating Enemy in Two-Day Battle

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) claimed defeating enemy forces in a two-day battle, and urged jihadi supporters in the country to continue providing assistance to the fighters.

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Ansaru Gives Condolences for Victims of Kano Mosque Attack

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) declared its innocence from the attack on the Central Mosque in Kano, and gave condolences to the victims.

Monday, 01 December 2014
Ansaru Gives Condolences to Victims of Kano Mosque Attack

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) declared its innocence from the attack on the Central Mosque in Kano, and gave condolences to the victims.

Monday, 01 December 2014
Ansaru Expresses Solidarity with Palestinians, Incites Nigerians for Jihad

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) issued a message for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, expressing solidarity with Palestinians amidst the Israeli military campaign, and inciting Muslims in Nigeria to come out for jihad.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
As-Sawarim Releases Part 1 of Alleged Interview with Boko Haram Member

A jihadi media group calling itself "As-Sawarim Media Foundation" released the first part of an interview with an alleged Boko Haram member it identified as Abu Sumayah al-Nigiri.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Jihadist Research Center Urges Boko Haram to Release Girls

The jihadist research center "Dawa'at al-Haq Foundation for Studies and Research" urged Boko Haram to release the Chibok school girls and spare Muslims to potential consequences of their actions.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Jihadists Divided on Opinions of Boko Haram Kidnapping Girls

While some jihadists blessed the Nigeria-based Boko Haram and its leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, for kidnapping over 250 girls, others have condemned the incident and questioned its validity in Islam.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014
Ansaru Incites Against Christians in Nigeria for Insult to Prophet Muhammad

The Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) incited Muslims to stand by its side and attack Christians in the country in revenge for an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014
Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru) Denounces Boko Haram

In a statement attributed to the leader of Ansar al-Muslimeen (Ansaru), the Nigeria-based jihadi group disavowed Boko Haram and denounced it for killing and displacing Muslims.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Ansar al-Muslimeen Leader Criticizes Boko Haram, Greets al-Qaeda Officials in Eid al-Adha Speech

The leader of the Nigeria-based jihadi group Ansar al-Muslimeen criticized Boko Haram for its attacks in the towns of Baga and Benisheik, and greeted al-Qaeda officials in a message for Eid al-Adha 2013. The Sinam al-Islam Network's al-Qabidun 'Ala al-Jamr Media Foundation posted the speech from Abu Usama al-Ansari on its forum on November 14, 2013. The Ansar al-Muslimeen leader promoted jihad and fighters, asking Muslims to reject how the Western media brands them as "enemies of freedom who rebel against international laws". Such laws have no meaning, he remarked, especially in light of the removal of the democratically-elected Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. Ansari called jihad a "human movement" and acknowledged that fighters make mistakes, but claimed that the men of Ansar al-Muslimeen are innocent of operations targeting Muslims in public places and that make them homeless.

Regarding Boko Haram, Ansari did not mention the group by name, or its leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, but referred to him claiming credit for massacres in Baga and Benisheik in Nigeria's Borno State. Ansari added that Nigerian Muslims face danger from three directions: the "cruel" Christians, the Nigerian government, and "people from their own group making them taste the same thing that they suffer from the cruel enemy". This message is not the first time Ansar al-Muslimeen indirectly criticized Boko Haram. In May 2013, the group denied responsibility for targeting Nigerian civilians and placed responsibility on "the soldiers of Satan and those who don't know the Shariah policies and the goals of the Shariah".

In the conclusion of the message, the Ansar al-Muslimeen leader addressed greetings to Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar and al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as leaders of al-Qaeda affiliates in Iraq, North Africa, Syria and Yemen, and Moktar Belmoktar.

Friday, 15 November 2013
Ansar al-Muslimeen Releases Video of French Hostage Francis Colump

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen released a video of French hostage Francis Colump and warned the French and Nigerian governments that they are responsible for his fate.

Friday, 27 September 2013
AQAP Video Focuses on Slain Official Abu Khalid al-'Asiri

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video focusing on Abu Khalid al-'Asiri (AKA Walid bin Mushafi al-'Alkami), a slain commander and military trainer who was killed as a result of a US drone strike in July 2011.

Friday, 31 May 2013
Ansar al-Muslimeen Denies Targeting Civilians, Calls for Revolution

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan) denied that its fighters have targeted civilians in Nigeria, claiming that attacks against the people are being perpetrated by "the soldiers of Satan and those who don't know the Shariah policies and the goals of the Shariah".

Monday, 13 May 2013
Ansar al-Muslimeen Condemns Massacre in Baga, Calls for Revenge

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan) condemned the reported massacre of 300 Muslims in Baga, a village in Nigeria's Borno State, and insisted that revenge be taken to "avoid the future act of CRUSADERS, and their allies of the west and their United Nation".

Friday, 03 May 2013
Ansar al-Muslimeen Releases its Charter Outlining its Aims, Formations

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan) released a copy of its charter in which it presented its aims, its ideology, and its formations, including the roles of its leaders and the work of its various branches.

Friday, 26 April 2013
Boko Haram Releases Videos of Firearm Training, Speech from Leader

Boko Haram, or "Jama'a Ahl al-Sunnah lil Da'wa wal Jihad," a Nigeria-based jihadist group, released three videos, one containing a speech by its leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, and the other two showing fighters participating in firearm training exercises.

Thursday, 18 April 2013
Boko Haram Releases Video of Weapons Taken After Police Station Raid

Boko Haram released a video showing weapons its fighters took following a raid on a police station in Nigeria.

Sunday, 17 March 2013
Ansar al-Muslimeen Releases Video of Slain Foreign Hostages

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan) released the video of the seven foreign employees of the Setraco construction company it kidnapped in Bauchi, Nigeria, and subsequently executed.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Ansar al-Muslimeen Announces Execution of Foreign Hostages

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan) announced its killing of the seven foreign employees of the Setraco construction company it kidnapped in Bauchi, nigeria, on February 7, 2013.

Saturday, 09 March 2013
Nigerian Jihadist Group Claims Kidnapping Foreigners in Nigeria

The Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan) claimed responsibility for kidnapping seven foreign employees of the Setraco construction company in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Jihadist Proposes Striking African Allies of France

Jihadists issued a call for the mujahideen to strike diplomatic targets associated with French allies, particularly African nations who provide military assistance to the country, and tourist targets in Dubai.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Nigerian Jihadist Group Claims Attack On Soldiers En Route to Mali

A Nigerian jihadist group, "Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans," claimed responsibility for attacking Nigerian forces on their way to Mali.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Boko Haram Leader Expresses Solidarity with Al-Qaeda-Affiliates, Fighters

The Nigeria-based Boko Haram released a video speech from its leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, expressing his group's solidarity with al-Qaeda-affiliates in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, Somalia and Yemen, and threatening Nigerian security forces with death.

Thursday, 29 November 2012
IMU Video Shows Attack, Lecture from Abu Dher about Fighters' Success

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) released the tenth episode in its "What's Happening in the Tribal Areas" series, featuring a lecture by one of its scholars,

Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Nigerian Jihadist Group Declares Founding in Statement

A Nigerian jihadist group calling itself "Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Sudan)" announced its founding in a statement and a video recording in Arabic-, English-, and Hausa-languages.

Monday, 09 July 2012

Pro-IS Channels Warn of Migrant Fighters Being Killed in Idlib, Claim Fleeing to IS “Best Option”

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Pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram channels warned of dangers posted to migrant fighters…

Pro-IS Telegram Channel Calls Western Muslims to Kashmir, Characterizing Westerners as Having Intense “Love for Jihad”

Jul 31, 2017
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A pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram channel called for Westerners to migrate to Kashmir,…

American Suicide Bomber Active On Social Networking Site

Jun 01, 2014
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Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, named as the American suicide bomber "Abu Hurayra al-Amriki"…

British Jihadis in Syria Use Kik Messenger For Recruitment, Transport of Foreign Fighters

Jan 09, 2014
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Purported English-speaking jihadi recruiters and foreign fighters in Syria have adopted…

Bomber in Embassy Attack in Beirut Discussed Martyrdom, Promoted al-Qaeda Propaganda on Facebook

Nov 22, 2013
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Mouin Adnan Abu Dahir, one of the two suspects in the November 19, 2013, double suicide…

Syrian Faction Uses Facebook, Skype to Recruit Fighters

Nov 15, 2013
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The Jund al-Haq (Soldiers of Truth) Brigades, a Syrian militant faction, advertised for…

Facebook Page Reports on Death of Alleged Bulgarian Jihadist In Pakistan

Oct 02, 2013
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A Facebook page dedicated to jihadist fighting uploaded a September 29, 2013 image of a…

Social Network Jihad: Madad News Agency on Facebook

Apr 20, 2012
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Madad News Agency, a jihadist media group that reports from Yemen and acts as an…