TAM-C Alert | Middle East | 11-June-2013 #2 | Jihadist | Advisory
To advise regarding threats made by an activist affiliated with the
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) against Shi'ites and Westerners.
Alert title: TAM-C Alert | Middle East | 11-June-2013 #2 | Jihadist | Advisory
This alert was published.
Created: 2013-06-11 06:50:22
On 11 June 2013, TAM-C Arabic-language researchers intercepted a post on a known password-protected jihadi forum, made by a user allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Al-Qaeda's local branch. Seeking to rally Sunni fighters to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, he makes a call to target Shi'ites in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon,
and "blow up all Shi'ite and Western interests". He also denounces Iranian and Russian support for leading Lebanese Shi'ite organization Hezbollah, especially around its involvement in Syria.
TAM-C analysts note the general nature of the threat, as well as ISI's limited capabilities to operate outside Iraq. However, it should be linked to the growing trend of anti-Shi'ite hostility in jihadi communications, as well as rising tensions between Sunnis and Shi'ites across the Muslim world. These tensions result mostly from sectarian strife between the two major Islamic strands in the context of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. They have the potential to further destabilize countries with sizable minorities of either faith, such as Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
Through 23 July 2013
SOURCE: By Special Perrmission by: Institute of Terrorism Research & Response