Amaq News Agency published a statement conceding that the Islamic State has “retreated” from its positions outside of Derna, Libya but claims the fighters are making progress south of the city.
“Continue your journey and aim your strikes to hit the economy and tourism, for by striking these two the tyrants will wither and recede,” the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem advised its “brothers” in Ansar Jerusalem.
Saudi national Adi Saleh Abdullah al Fudhayli al Hadhli, who died in June 2012 in an attack against Israel, had originally sought to join the “mujahideen” in Somalia. In 2011, he traveled to Libya to fight in the Libyan civil war.
The statement from the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem also said attacks against the Palestinian Authority are legitimate, and called on Muslims in the West Bank to unite.
Before reaching Syria, Amer Abu Ghoula was reportedly sentenced to a year in prison in Gaza for aiding those behind the kidnapping and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.
Mediation by Kuwaiti and Qatari clerics may result in an agreement normalizing relations between Hamas and Salafi jihadists. Tensions between Hamas and Salafi jihadists have increased sharply over the past year.
In the latest jihadist call for direct attacks on the Egyptian army, a media unit tied to the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem released a statement saying now is the time for “the mujahideen” to strike the army.
Salafi jihadists in the Gaza Strip recently held a rare public demonstration in the Gaza Strip denouncing the Assad regime as well as the Egyptian military’s takeover. In addition to numerous al Qaeda black flags, demonstrators held pictures of Bashar al Assad and Abdel Fattah el Sisi with text calling the two leaders “murderers and killers.”