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…

Syria

ISIS issues several new resolutions regarding education and women going out in public, Raqqa is being slaughtered silently (Syria), 19 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Women are not permitted to go out except while wearing dira’ (an extra dress on top of the niqab and Islamic dress). Private courses are not permitted except upon arrangement and payment of a 500 lira fine (instead of the previous 50 liras for those in contravention). Any…

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…