Libya

Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa, Al-Wasat (Libya), 27 November 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The influence of ISIS is gradually expanding from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa to extremist groups which have taken North Africa as their headquarters. Red: Areas of ISIS influence (estimate) Egypt: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – formed in 2011, it is made up of 2,000 fighters;…

Egypt

Nabil Naim: Perpetrators of Sinai incident came from Syria and Iraq, Tahrir News (Egypt), 24 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Nabil Naim, founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, confirmed that the terrorist attack in Sinai today reflects a high-level of training and could only be carried out by elements that have previously participated in wars. During a telephone interview with journalist Eman Hirsi for the “90 Minutes” programme, Naim…

Algeria

“Jund al-Khilfah”…ISIS begins to spread into the Maghreb, El Badil (Egypt), 4 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The Middle East region has recently witnessed a number of drastic changes related to extremist terrorist groups. Last week, an organisation called “Jund al-Khilafah” (Soldiers of the Caliphate) emerged in Algeria and carried out the execution of a French hostage after announcing their allegiance to “Daesh” (the Arabic…

Egypt

‘Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledges allegiance to ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,’ el-Balad (Egypt), 30 June 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The militant Islamist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has pledged bay’ah (allegiance) to the emir of the newly declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (now also known as Caliph Ibrahim). In the past, the group has been responsible for multiple terrorist attacks on Egyptian soil,…

‘Dozens of vital bridges destroyed in Anbar province,’ Aljazeera (Qatar), 28 March 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
___________________________________ Transcription تدمير عشرات الجسور الحيوية في محافظة الأنبار حرب الأنبار دخلت شهرها الرابع واُستخدمت فيها كافة أنواع الأسلحة ومنها المدفعيات الثقيلة والطائرات المروحية وعلی هامش هذه الحرب أضحت المحافظة علی معاد أخر مع حرب أخری لا تقل ضراوة عن الأولی وتستهدف تدمير الجسور وعزل المدن ففي اليومين…

‘Iraq to provide financial reward to anyone who kills or arrests a foreign terrorist,’ al-Khabar Press (Lebanon), 20 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The Iraqi Ministry of Defence is offering cash rewards to anybody who kills or captures foreign terrorists from al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. The border between Iraq and Syria has become weaker with the ongoing Syrian crisis, with fighters flowing between the two…