In addition to serving as a senior MSC leader, Abdallah al Ashqar is on the jihadist group’s military committee, is a “foreign relations official,” and a weapons facilitator.
The US government today added the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) to the foreign terrorist organization list and labeled the group a specially designated global terrorist entity.
As the war in Gaza continues, Iran’s political, military, and religious calculations ascribe similar but not identical values to the ongoing conflict. The ways in which Iranian leaders codify events on the ground vary depending on their interests at home and abroad.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility for three rocket attacks on Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.
The Ibn Taymiyya Media Center (ITMC) has published a banner honoring the “martyrdom” of Abu Khalid al Suri, who was one of al Qaeda’s top men in Syria. The ITMC is the propaganda arm for Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) and also publicizes propaganda on behalf of Ansar Jerusalem.
Efforts to establish an Islamic Emirate in the Gaza Strip are continuing, according to a leading Salafi-Jihadist in Gaza.
On Saturday, the Israeli Air Force killed Abu al Walid al Maqdisi, the former emir of the Tawhid and Jihad Group in Jerusalem. Al Maqdisi’s death may provide evidence of the consolidation of Salafi-Jihadist groups in Gaza into the Mujahideen Shura Council.
On Saturday morning the Israeli Air Force shot down a foreign drone in the northern Negev. The origin of the drone is currently unknown, but early theories point to Hezbollah or Iran.