The friendly neighbors – Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Hassan Rouhani

The friendly neighbors:

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Hassan Rouhani 

Shared propaganda

In the latest issue of Dabiq (13) ISIS once again accused Al-Qaedah and the Taliban of having friendly ties with Iran, insinuating that Al-Qaedah cooperates with Iran and that Al-Qaedah has secret ties with Iran. And this is just one of the many accusations against Al-Qaedah and the Taliban you will read in just this issue of Dabiq alone. In just this one issue you will read that Al-Qaedah and the Taliban are accused of selling, growing, harvesting, transporting, and taxing opium and heroin. If you didn’t find this laughable enough then you should also read the accusation that the current leader of the Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mansor is a major drugs dealer in Afghanistan. They also accused Shaykh Ayman Zawahiri, among others, for an opinion concerning the Shia which is held by a majority of grand scholars, most notably scholars like Shaykh Al-Islam ibn Tamiyah, who also differentiates between the Shia. The ridiculous thing about this accusation is that the head-mufti of ISIS shares the exact same opinion. Turki Ben Ali, also known under various other nicknames such as Abu Humam Al-Athari, Abu Sufyan Al-Sulaymi, Abu Hudhayfa Al-Bahrayni, Abu Hazm Al-Salafi, etc. What’s even more ridiculous is that the head mufti of their so-called Caliphate, is not more than a weak and under performing student of knowledge, denounced by his own teachers, and even his license of authority was revoked by his teacher Shaykh Umar Al-Hadoushi. How could the head-mufti of the mighty Caliphate be a mere student?

The nonsense doesn’t stop there. Al-Qaedah and the Taliban are also accused of being agents for the Pakistani intelligence, ISIS claims that they take orders from the Pakistani intelligence, and that they actually gave Bayah to it, and that they fight against Islam under their orders. While thousands of Taliban members are imprisoned and hundreds are executed the torture dungeons of Pakistan. Even the propaganda apparatus of the West and the Arab tyrants would blush with shame from these idiotic accusations. On that note, it is strange and suspicious to see that the accusations which were once spread by the West, their tyrant stooges, and their secret services, are now repeated and spread by ISIS –the so-called Caliphate. The least we can say about this strange coincidence is that ISIS saves a lot of time and money for the propaganda apparatus of the West. Fox News, CNN, the BBC, all of them can finally take a break.

It is not surprising that this Magazine is written in the English language; to fool the naive and gullible youth in the West; who do not have the means to access the vast and broad Jihadi literature available in the Arabic language. As this Magazine wouldn’t have any audience in the Arabic world, except for maybe the secret services of the Arab tyrant countries who could use these slanders against the Mujahideen to confirm their deceiving propaganda. Moreover, they are actually already indeed using this propaganda. Paperback copies of this magazine were even sold on Amazon, this was something unimaginable for a Jihadi magazine. If you own an Inspire magazine on your computer you risk years of jail time, while you could order Dabiq magazines on Amazon without any repercussions whatsoever.

Saudi Arabia has been trying to convince the Sunni Muslim Ummah for years that Al-Qaedah cooperates with Iran and that is has cozy secret ties with it. The US has also tried to proof these friendly ties between Al-Qaedah and Iran by leaking certain letters from Shaykh Usama bin laden from the Abbottabad files, and they recently even claimed that Iran and Hezbollah were also involved in the attacks of 9-11 together with Al-Qaedah. Ridiculous indeed, but the timing of this campaign however can not be ignore. Because these rumors are spread in almost perfect synchronization with the propaganda published by ISIS.

Well let’s talk about the nature of this so-called relationship between Al-Qaedah and Iran. After the US invasion in 2001 and the tactical withdrawal of the Taliban, Shaykh Usamah bin Laden was of the opinion that the Arab Muhajireen should leave Afghanistan, especially since the US bombardments were focused on area’s of Afghanistan which were known to have Arab Muhajireen present. So some of them were forced to travel to the mountainous and tribal region of Waziristan in the border country of Pakistan, and others to the mountainous and tribal Sunni region of Baluchistan in the border country of Iran. Including dozens of family members of Shaykh Usama bin Laden. Even Shaykh Abu Musab Zarqawi fled to Iran. So why doesn’t ISIS accuse their former leader of having ties with Iran?

When they arrived in Iran the Iranian authorities deported a large number of Arab Muhajireen to Pakistan, and the remaining Mujahireen stayed hidden among the Sunni Baluch people. When the Iranian authorities found out they were caught and imprisoned, some of them for more than 10 years, others were on house arrest. Some of them were handed over to the regimes in their countries of birth, and these treacherous regimes in turn handed them over to the US. The remaining Muhajireen were forced to change their location because of this campaign, so a large number traveled to Kurdistan in Iraq, among them Shaykh Abu Musab Zarqawi. Many joined the Mujahideen in Kurdistan under Ansar Sunnah which later changed to Ansar Al-Islam. However the group does not operate in Iraq anymore, they are only military active in Syria since the power-grab of ISIS in Iraq in 2014.

Moral warfare

In 2008 the Mujahideen succeeded in kidnapping Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, the commercial attache at the Iranian consulate in Peshawar Pakistan, and they exchanged him for a number of Al-Qaedah operatives and family members of Shaykh Usama bin laden, including his daughter Iman and his son-in-law Sulayman Abu Ghayth. In 2013 the Mujahideen in Yemen again succeeded in kidnapping the Iranian diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakh, who was exchanged for the remaining five Al-Qaedah operatives held captive in Iran. Among them the infamous Sayf Al-Adel, Abu Muhammed Al-Masri, Abu Khayr Al-Masri, Khalid Al-Aruri and Sari Shihab. It is reported that some of them have traveled to Syria. ISIS also published a statement threatening Sayf Al-Adel and his companions not to enter their territory, and they warned their own soldiers not to engage with these Al-Qaedah veterans. It is clear from this anxious statement that ISIS understands how great the influence of these Mujahid veterans will be on their own soldiers if they come into contact with them.

We learn a valuable lesson from these events we must not leave unmentioned. Since the imprisonment of the Mujahideen in Iran and the family members of the Arab Muhajireen, the Mujahideen from Al-Qaedah have tried to free them by all necessary means to prevent their extradition to the US. They have kidnapped a number of Iranian officials in attempts to exchange them with the Muslim prisoners in Iran, until they were successful, and all thanks and praises belong to Allah alone. ISIS should learn from this and take an example from them instead of torturing and killing prisoners in senseless gorish propaganda videos.

Thousands of Sunnis are imprisoned in Iraq, ISIS could have freed many of them if they wanted. Hasna for example, the wife of Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir, the former War Minister of the Islamic State in Iraq, is still in imprisoned in the dungeons of the Iraqi government. While ISIS did not make any attempt to free her. May Allah hasten her release. Contrary to Al-Qaedah in Afghanistan who tried to free her in exchange for the American contractor Warren Weinstein. Who was martyred in a US drone airstrike after embracing Islam and adopting the name Ishaq, together with the Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto who also embraced Islam and adopted the name Muhammad. Instead of torturing their prisoners in gorish propaganda video’s the Mujahideen in Afghanistan spent 80.000 rupees a month on the medicines of Warren Weinstein while the average Mujahid lived on a budget of 3.000 rupees a month. Another great example is Yvonne Ridley, she converted to Islam and became a prominent and outspoken Muslim activist after being imprisoned by the Taliban.

We must understand that this is a war of morals and principals. The West is fighting for their corrupt democratic values and principals, while the Muslims fight for the noble principals of their Islamic religion. We have to show the world how prisoners are treated in the Islamic Sharia, in contrast to the treatment the West gives them in Abu Ghrayb and Guantanamo Bay. We must not imitate the disbelievers in their corrupt conducts, torturing innocent prisoners in orange jumpsuits is part of their war conducts not our Islamic war conducts. Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi, may Allah accept him, explains this very eloquently in one of his very last speeches “The American Army and the Ethics of War” published in June 2012. The US lost the war in Afghanistan and Iraq because of their moral degradation and corruption. Like Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, may Allah preserve him, said: “Know that war has noble conducts, he holds on to them will be victorious. Noble conduct is part of Islam in times of peace and war. He who won the war but lost his conducts; did not win anything.” (Taken from in his speech “Victory from Allah and a Near Conquest” publised in April 2015.)

Far-reaching arms

Returning to the main subject, so Al-Qaedah did not have any operational cell in Iran. Nor did it have any military base or soldiers, and even the majority of Al-Qaedah leaders who merely supervised the stay of the Arab Muhajireen in Balushistan Iran were imprisoned. Knowing all of this it is puzzling to hear the accusation from ISIS that Al-Qaedah refuses to attack Iran. It is not a matter of choice nor wish, but a matter of capability and priority. Attacking Iran at that time was not possible, nor was it a priority at that time. But if we were to look at ISIS in Iraq and Syria now, then we can say that there is the wish, the capability and the priority to attack Iran. Al-Adnani himself said that they had the capability to turn Iran into a pool of blood if they weren’t restricted by Al-Qaedah to do so.

Years have passed since he claimed this, their ties with Al-Qaedah are broken, and ISIS has even grown into a Caliphate. So there are no restrictions and their capability to turn Iran in to a pool of blood has grown. ISIS who has a power-base in Iraq shares a large border with Iran, so it is not even a far away enemy. Furthermore, striking Iran is definitely is priority for ISIS, because Iran is directly supporting the Iraqi regime and Syrian regime. Weakening Iran will also weaken the Iraqi regime and Syrian regime, two main enemies. But the strange thing is that ISIS did not execute one single operation in Iran, while they keep blaming Al-Qaedah for not attacking Iran. ISIS has executed much less important operations in various other countries, in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, France and Belgium. Their Caliphate has even reached Khorasaan, which means that they now share borders with Iran from both sides. But despite their impressive far reach they did not execute one single operation in their neighboring country Iran which definitely deserves these attacks much more?

Living next to the power-base of ISIS seems to be the most safest place to live. The reason behind their far reach is of course obvious, they simply deceived and exploited the Mujahid ranks who were already present in these countries, and took over the bases which were already built and operational. As for them, they do not build, rather they destroy. Look at the Caucasus and how they destroyed the Emirate and the Mujahid ranks in it. The Mujahideen in Iran however did not have a large presence, up until Ansar Al-Furqan was established in 2013 in Balushistan, since then more groups have joined it. After the decline of the group Jundullah, Jaysh Al-Adl was established, which is still active, and Harakat Al-Ansar and Harakat Jaysh Al-Nasr, who both joined Ansar Al-Furqan. There is also the small Sunni battalion in Al-Ahwaz bordering Iraq. The Mujahid groups in Al-Ahwaz bordering Iraq, and the Mujahid groups in Balushistan between Pakistan and Iran are known to be very fragile, although we are beginning to see unity and growth. But despite their fragile and small presence ISIS tried to spoil this sensitive Jihad in Iran, like they did everywhere else.

After the martyrdom of the previous leader of Ansar Al-Furqan, Abu Hafs Al-Balushi, who refused to give them Bayah, ISIS tried to convince the others who took over and were in charge of communications, under the leadership of Al-Mawlawi Jalalludeen. ISIS tried to bribe them, they tried to buy their Bayah and wanted to exploit their economic weakness. They promised them money if they would publish an official video in which they declared their Bayah and ISIS would then make them governor of the “Province of Balushistan”. But none of the select and small Mujahid groups in Iran joined ISIS despite their weak position. This could explain why ISIS did not execute one single operation in Iran since it has established a Caliphate, as they did not find any Mujahid group in Iran which they could exploit. This would be the best case scenario, if we would give them the benefit of the doubt. Only Allah knows if there are other more alarming reasons.

War for survival

ISIS supporters will of course say that ISIS already wages war against the Shia Rawafid and the Iranians in Iraq. So why blame ISIS for not attacking Iran? First of all, you are the ones who keep blaming Al-Qaedah for not attacking Iran. While Al-Qaedah is a mere guerilla movement, without any permanent bases, let alone any presence in Iran, unlike ISIS who claims to be a Caliphate that has spread all over the world. Second, you were the ones who bragged about your grandiose capability of turning Iran in to a pool of blood. We refer to our previous article “The crumbling tower of lies – ISIS: The history of deceit in retroperspective” under the section “Empty bravado” about Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani.

As for the war of ISIS against the Shia Rawafid in Iraq; they have no choice! It is a war of life or death, if they do not fight against the Shia Rawafid they would be eradicated. They have to defend themselves. Moreover, if the Shia Rawafid would not oppress and attack the Sunnis in Iraq then nobody in Iraq would have ever joined the Khawarij of ISIS. They do not have a choice in the matter. The Sunnis in Iraq have to choose between the evil of the Shia Rawafid and the Khawarij. The Sunni tribes have turned against ISIS before when they were much softer, so how about now when then openly make Takfir on nearly all the Mujahid groups? ISIS is the banner under which they can protect their country at the moment. Like they did under Saddam Hussein in the war against Iran. More than 1.5 million Sunnis joined the army of Saddam Hussein against Iran at that time. We must understand that fighting against the Rawafid alone does not make you righteous Mujahideen. The Iraqi Baath party led by Saddam Hussein fought against Iran for years. Does this make them righteous Mujahideen? So to conclude, even if ISIS would conduct operations in Iran, then this does not make them righteous Mujahideen. But it is however very strange that they did not attack Iran at all.

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