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;…

Emir of Qatar: “Don’t make the people choose between terrorism and tyranny”, Al Jazeera (Qatar), 24 September 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thanni called for not forcing the people to choose between “terrorism” and “tyranny,” and demanded that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to distance itself from “selective policy” and to pass a decision under Article 7 of the UN Charter…

Egypt

‘Video: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis targets Israel with 5 rockets,’ Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt), 12 July 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Egyptian terrorist organisation Ansar Beit al-Maqdis posted a video to YouTube in which it appears the group fires five rockets into Israeli territory from their border position in the Sinai peninsula. While the video cannot be independently verified, the group has claimed previous attacks in the past, and…

Syria

‘Jabhat al-Nusra announces its withdrawal from Sharia Council,’ Aleppo Media Centre (Syria), 8 July 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Jabhat al-Nusrah li-Ahl al-Sham (Eng: The Front for the Protection of the People of the Levant) announced via social networking websites that it is withdrawing from the Aleppo Sharia Council due to internal disputes with other members.– – – جبهة النصرة تعلن انسحابها من الهيئة الشرعية ٨ يوليو…

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,…

Syria

‘Al-Assad warns that terrorism will spread to countries “supporting and developing” it,’ El Watan (Egypt), 18 June 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
While meeting with a North Korean delegation in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the West and Arab Gulf monarchies that their support for “terrorist groups” in the ongoing Syrian conflict will bring terrorism to their countries.– – – – الأسد يحذر من أن الإرهاب سيطال الدول الحاضنة…