Posted by Joshua on Monday, September 30th, 2013
Posted by Joshua Landis
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, released an audio recording Monday September 2013 to defend ISIS against recent attacks in the media.
Everyone has been waiting for this statement ever since the ISIS kicked the North Storm and FSA militias out of Azaz, north of Aleppo. The speculation was that ISIS was preparing to take over the border crossing with Turkey in order to capture the revenue and place a strategic chock-hold on goods moving to Aleppo. Turkey closed the border crossing in response.
An English translation has yet to be published. Here are a few quick points:
- He denies responsibility of the explosions that targeted Sunni Mosques in Iraq. Says the Rafidi(Iraqi) army is responsible for the attacks.
- Support for the ISIS in Iraq is growing, even among the tribes.
- He says the media is twisting facts. One example of this is the accusation that ISIS of staying in the liberated areas (this was an accusation repeated by Elizabeth O’Bagy and quoted in Kerry’s Senate hearing) and stabbing the FSA in the back to keep them away from the front, when the opposite is the truth:
- Liwaa Ahfad al-Rassoul opened a front with ISIS in Raqqa and Deir ezZor to distract ISIS from pursuing its front in Latakia and the coast. When they were close to conquering Qirdaha, Bashar’s hometown.
Adnani said that the leader of Liwaa Ahfad al-Rassoul went to France and brought back money and a plan to face the ISIS, and Ahfad al-Rassoul members started instigating the fight by swearing at Allah in public and on the walki-talki. He says, “don’t get fooled, not all groups fighting are good, some are known to be shabiha,” an example is a group in Aleppo countryside called al-Nasir, which they caught planting ….. in their bases. He also calls Senator McCain an American pig.
- Liwaa Asifat al-Shamal opened a front with ISIS in Azaz over a crusader spy, distracting them from the Hama front where ISIS is making amazing progress that is not being reported
- Adnani blames the media for casting them in a bad light by spreading lies, not reporting on their successes, and attributing what successes they do report to other groups.
- ISIS does not want to exclude anyone but a lot of groups want to exclude the ISIS. The ISIS welcomes anyone that extends a hand to them.
- An example of this false attribution is the victorious capture of Menagh airbase, which was carried out mostly by ISIS with little help from other groups. All the same, the media reported this as an accomplishment of the FSA to the point that the Supreme Military Council leaders claimed responsibility for it.
- Adnani is also annoyed that not enough attention was given to the ISIS operation on Dirii Hama.
- He says ISIS does not think that most people are Kufar. They believe that the majority of the people in Iraq and Syria are Muslim. ISIS does not declare anybody an apostate without clear evidence. And when one of its members is found to be making such a generalization, that member is penalized and if he repeats his actions, he gets expelled from the group. And they’ve expelled a lot of Ansar and Muhajirin because of such statements.
- Adnani insists that the media constantly plays up the few altercations that ISIS has had with other militias, while completely ignoring the frequent and on-going fights that set other groups against each other.
- Adnani points out that many insisted that fighting between the ISIS and its defectors – here he is referring to Jabhat al-Nusra – would break out, but it did not. Not a single drop of blood was shed and no fighting took place, even though every reason for it existed. This upset the infidels and proved to everyone that ISIS is not out to attack those who disagree with their views. The ISIS has not fought anybody in Syria except the Nusayris, unless it was forced into a fight. ISIS believes it is stupid to fight on multiple fronts.
- He reminds the FSA that the goal of this campaign of distortion is to provoke internecine fighting between the two groups.