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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of June 2014. Following are the main points covered in the report:
- The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham changes its name to the “Islamic State” and declares the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate headed by Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The spokesman for the organization, Sheikh al-Adnani, announces that this is the fulfillment of a dream heralding the establishment of a new Islamic order in the region, in the framework of which the nation-states, as outlined in the Sykes-Picot Agreement (1917), will begin to collapse.
- The establishment of the Islamic Caliphate draws much support on social networks and among many jihadist circles. Many jihad fighters around the world, such as the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines, swear allegiance to the Islamic State and to Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- Islamic State militants seize control over a significant part of Nineveh Province and Mosul in Iraq, and collapse the border between Syria and Iraq.
- The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan claims responsibility for an attack that was carried out at the Karachi Airport in Pakistan on June 9, 2014. According to the leader of the organization, the target of the attack was the military headquarters responsible for drones. In addition, the organization calls on all Muslims in Pakistan to wage jihad against the Pakistani government and the Pakistani army.
- The release of Sheikh Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, a senior leader of the Salafi-jihadist movement in Jordan, from a Jordanian prison, is applauded by jihad fighters.
- Siraj al-Din Zurayqat, a member of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, threatens to attack Hezbollah if it does not cease to serve Iranian interests in Lebanon. In addition, he calls on Sunni soldiers in the Lebanese army to defect and defend Sunnis in the country.
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