Opinion Propaganda Insight

Counter Daesh Insight Bulletin 28 May-3 June

This summary includes notable items of Daesh propaganda from the previous week, including claims of an attack in Belgium and calls to obey the group's leadership. It is intended as a quick overview for those who do not have time to follow monitoring services on a daily basis and is not a comprehensive listing of every piece of Daesh propaganda released. Daesh often make fictitious claims which should not be taken as fact.

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Overview

Daesh used Amaq to claim attacks in Afghanistan, Belgium, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia,. There was relatively little other output from core Daesh channels, beyond the usual Al-Naba newspaper, which featured an editorial on the importance of obeying the leader.

Output from unofficial Daesh brands included an infographic in three languages claiming to have distributed over 14,000 social media and Gmail accounts over the past 16 months. A group that has previously incited attacks on Western cities, encouraged supporters to raise money by stealing from ‘the Disbelievers’, citing scripture to justify it as a form of ‘war booty’.

Daesh calls to obey the leader

An editorial in al-Naba, released on the 1 June, highlighted the importance of obeying leaders. It reminded followers of the dangers of division, which weakens a group or nation and cited Moses and the Prophet Muhammad’s leadership as examples. It also stated that it was the absence of a caliph for a long period that resulted in Muslims losing their status and, according to Daesh, failing to follow the teachings of Islam.

Another article in the same issue discusses the Egyptian Sinai/Gaza security zone.

Daesh claims attack in Belgium

On 29 May, Belgian media reported that a 31-year-old gunman, Benjamin Herman carried out an attack in Liege, killing two police officers and a 22-year-old man. One day later Amaq claimed responsibility for the attack saying the attacker was a member of Daesh. The following day, in a report in al-Naba, Daesh claimed the attacker converted to Islam while in prison and wrongly stated that he killed five people.


See previous editions of the insight bulletin here