On the day marking the second anniversary of the establishment of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate, ISIS released another of their propagandist high-quality short films.
In the 18 minute long video, ISIS issued a “bayan” re-branding the terrorist group’s name from the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham to the Islamic State thereby requesting “baya’a”, or allegiance pledges”, from Muslims living in Arab countries. Showing audiotapes from Jihadist leaders pledging allegiance from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, and Algeria, ISIS declared war on all Arab states encouraging followers to fight against the governments ruling their respective countries.
Throughout this video, ISIS’s Aleppo media branch attempted to portray civil life in areas governed by the terror group showing people leading normal lives in markets, streets, and mosques whilst praising the resilience of the civilians resisting the “crusader airstrikes.” ISIS also claimed to have set up a system of self-sufficiency and welfare asserting that poverty levels in the caliphate are steadily decreasing – in what seems to be an attempt to shrink the outflaw of civilians living under the governance of the caliphate – and that people are governing pious and ordinary lives.
After a steady string of defeats in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, ISIS is desperately attempting to render to the public and its supporters worldwide the image of strength, fearlessness, and resolve it has always attempted to maintain. Increasingly desperate, ISIS has called upon its followers globally to carry out terrorist attacks. Though ISIS specifically called for war against Arab governments in this publication, it remains unclear whether terror attacks will escalate in the mentioned Arab countries.