Islamic State (ISIS-ISIL)
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Prominent Indonesian IS Recruiter in Syria Continues to Incite on Social Media

Recruitment messages attributed to an Islamic State (IS/ISIS) Indonesian preacher calling for fighters and suicide bombers have been shared widely across social media platforms.

Ustad Agung Witjaksono (a.k.a. Agung Moehadji Soemo Soemadi) traveled to Syria several years ago to join IS, and has served as a prominent recruitment voice for IS among Indonesians. His messages glorify life under the IS caliphate and urge fighters to join the group. Beyond a WordPress account dedicated to disseminating Ustad Agung messages, which was started in December 2018, the Ustad’s messages are disseminated widely by IS supporters on Telegram, Facebook, and Google+.

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On January 5, 2019, a message posted to the WordPress account dedicated to the Ustad a picture of a car rigged to be a VBIED with a message calling for recruits to join IS to become suicide bombers:

Paradise (Firdaus) CarLike other cars that can bring you to your home, office, etcThis is the same, o ikhwah (brothers). It will bring you directly to Firdaus (paradise).Only a few from a small number of people were selected to do this great journeyThen, come and join the Mujahideen's ranks. Find access to the Firdaus paradise.

Message from Ustad Agung glorifying suicide bombers on WordPress, January 5, 2019.

In a post dated January 6, 2019, the Ustad reminisces about an ambush he took part in. Agung describes shooting at a helicopter describing it as “the best moment in my life” and “this is more beloved to me then the day my son was born.” The post was shared to an IS-linked VK account, Abu Jundulloh Shina, on January 11, 2019:

Message from Ustad Agung on VK account, Abu Jundulloh Shina, January 11, 2019.

An Instagram account attributed to Ustad Agung, which has not been updated since June 27, 2016, has a photo featuring the Ustad posing in the center of the photograph with a gun beside three other fighters. The post is identified as being taken in Raqqa, Syria, which was under IS control from January 2014 to October 2017.

Ustad Agung posing in the center of the photograph from his Instagram account, June 27, 2016.

 

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
IS-linked Group Encourages Supporters in Video to Hold Firm, Join Training Camps in Iraq

An Islamic State (IS)-linked group released a video encouraging supporters to hold firm despite apparent losses, and urged them to join training camps in Iraq.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
IS Claims Killing 20 Egyptian Soldiers in Raid Near Arish Airport, Publishes Photos of Attack and Aftermath

The Islamic State's Sinai Province claimed killing 20 Egyptian soldiers in a raid on their barracks near the Arish airport, and published photos of the attack and its aftermath.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
IS Presents in Naba 169 a Biography of Slain Dagestani Fighter in Sinai to Inspire Idlers from Jihad

To inspire jihadists who do not participate in military jihad, and especially scholars, the Islamic State (IS) presented in Naba 169 a biography of a Dagestani fighter who had converted to Islam and pursued entry to a battlefield, before joining Sinai Province and dying in Egypt.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
IS Incitement against Global Coalition Against Daesh

 

A video and photo from a meeting of the Global Coalition Against Daesh accompanied an IS-linked Indonesian-language message inciting against cooperating with non-believers, warning “destruction and great disaster will come.”

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Monday, 18 February 2019
IS-aligned Media Unit Defends Group Against Opponents in English/Spanish-Subtitled Video

The Islamic State (IS)-aligned Muntasir Media released a video with English- and Spanish-subtitled defending the group and its ideology against its opponents.

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Monday, 18 February 2019
IS’ West Africa Province Claims Attacks in Niger and Nigeria

The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on a barracks in Niger and an attack on vehicles of the Nigerian army near Lake Chad.

Saturday, 16 February 2019
IS-aligned News Unit Advises Caution of Spyware from Self-Professed Supporters

An Islamic State (IS)-aligned news unit advised supporters to be cautious of downloading and opening files from unknown users professing to back the group, warning they may contain spyware.

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Friday, 15 February 2019
IS Claims Killing 2 Filipino Soldiers in Clash in Igasan (Sulu)

The Islamic State (IS) claimed killing two Filipino soldiers amidst a clash in Igasan barangay in Sulu, Philippines.

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Friday, 15 February 2019
IS' West Africa Province Reports Attack and Ensuing Clash with Nigerian Soldiers in Gagibu (Borno)

The Islamic State's (IS) West Africa Province claimed inflicting multiple casualties among Nigerian soldiers in an attack and ensuing clash in Gagibu, in Borno State.

Friday, 15 February 2019
IS Supporter Calls to Kill Chinese in Defense of Islam and Uyghurs

A Kashmir-focused Islamic State (IS) supporter called on lone wolves to kill Chinese in defense of Islam and Uyghurs.

Friday, 15 February 2019
IS' Naba Identifies 197 Casualties in 79 Attacks in Statistical Breakdown of Ops (Feb 7-13)

The Islamic State's (IS) al-Naba newspaper featured an infographic identifying 197 casualties in 79 attacks, in a statistical breakdown of IS operations for the week of February 7-13, 2019.

Friday, 15 February 2019
IS-aligned Group Uses Image of Los Angeles Skyline to Threaten Attacks

An Islamic State (IS)-aligned group used an image of the Los Angeles skyline to threaten attacks in the United States and the West.

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Friday, 15 February 2019
IS Supporter Chastises Keyboard Warriors, Calls to Physically "Punish Crusaders"

An Islamic State (IS) supporter chastised keyboard warriors, those who make threats behind their computers and speak of war without participating in it, urging they act upon their words on social media and physically "punish the Crusaders".

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Friday, 15 February 2019
IS-aligned Muhajireen Foundation Gives Biography of Alleged British Blogger, IS Media Member

The foreign fighter-centric Muhajideen Foundation, an Islamic State (IS)-aligned group, published a biography of an alleged British blogger who worked in the IS' media department.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019
Depicting Post Apocalyptic City, IS-aligned Group Warns U.S. of Coming Attacks

Showing the ruins of a city, an Islamic State (IS)-aligned group warned the U.S. of coming attacks and declared "the meeting is at Rome, O servants of the cross".

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Thursday, 14 February 2019
IS Supporters on Facebook Incite Attacks Targeting Philippines Army, Share Updates of Fighters on the Ground

Islamic State (IS/ISIS)-linked Tausug-speaking Filipino users on Facebook incited for attacks in the country, posting calls for supporters “kill all the soldiers of Duterte.”

Wednesday, 13 February 2019
IS' West Africa Province Claims Killing 42 in Ambush on Borno Governor's Convoy

The Islamic State's West Africa Province claimed killing 42 people in an ambush on the convoy of Kashim Shettima, the governor of Nigeria's Borno state.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Assuring IS Will Remain Despite Losing Territory, ACCA Compares to Hitler's Defeat

In assuring the West that the Islamic State (IS) will remain despite losing its territory, an IS-linked group drew a comparison between the defeat of Adolf Hitler in WW2 and the ongoing battle with the international coalition.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019
IS' West Africa Province Claims Attack on Nigerian Army Post Near Monguno

The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed an attack on a Nigerian army post near Monguno, in Borno state.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019