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

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis announces its allegience to ISIS, Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), 3 November 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
In a statement Monday evening, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) announced its allegiance to ISIS. In its statement, the group said: “Today, placing our trust in God Almighty and asking Him for proper guidance, we decided to pledge allegiance to Amir al-Mu’minin, Abu Bakr al-Qurashi al-Husseini al-Baghdadi,…

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…

Egypt

Additional reinforcements for security forces in regions of “War on Terror” in northern Sinai, Al-Youm Al-Sabea (Egypt), 4 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Informed sources from the security directorate in northern Sinai revealed that additional reinforcements of counterterrorism forces are being sent to regions that have seen security pursuits of armed elements belonging to takfiri groups and Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, east and south of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. The sources…