Yesterday’s tweets were the first sign of life for the group in over four years.
For the first time in five years, the jihadist group has claimed an attack in its native Iraq.
The photo marks the first sign of life for the group since 2017 and the first official publication since 2015.
If confirmed, this would represent another major blow to al Qaeda’s Uqba bin Nafi Battalion.
Two statements, which were released by al Qaeda’s general command and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, were addressed to Shabaab yesterday in a coordinated messaging campaign.
The bombing came as Turkey also shelled the city. It is likely that as the Turkish advance continues, the Islamic State will further exploit the chaos inside northern Syria to regroup and conduct more attacks.
The rising of Islamic State sleeper cells could become more common as the Kurdish-dominated SDF is diverted to the newly announced Turkish invasion of northern Syria.
No group has yet to claim the attacks, but al Qaeda-linked militants have been widely blamed.