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Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
New ISIS in SE Asia map from @TheStudyofWar;ISIS named Isnilon Hapilon as Philippines leader bit.ly/1YISg1P pic.twitter.com/xncepENT0n
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Reactions to Baghdadi's statement, his first since December 2015, coming out as Iraqi forces enter Mosul's city limits:
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
1.He claims current situation is "prelude to victory &clear conquest" predictably shifting the caliphate's triumph to an undefined future pt
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2. Baghdadi repeats claim that adversity strengthens fighters' will and ensures the group will not become morally corrupt
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3. Baghdadi calls for fighters in Mosul to target U.S. and allied aircraft
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4. Baghdadi points to Shi'a-dominated security forces' presence in Sunni majority cities as proof that Iraqi Sunni should not turn a/g ISIS
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5. He ties together Shi'a activity in Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen as part of the same struggle, aided by "Romans" (Westerners)
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6. Mentions "preserving your egg"-- interesting imagery of ISIS caliphate as the birthplace/nucleus of jihadist organism
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
7. Calls for supporters to attack Turkey as it conducts operations in northern Syria and Iraq-- likely urging attack cells in Turkish cities
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8. Baghdadi broadly condemns Muslim Brotherhood-aligned factions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Tunisia
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9. Baghdadi calls for order in the ranks,warns fighters a/g "arguing with your emirs"- likely a significant concern during battle for Mosul
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10. Countries mentioned in Baghdadi speech: Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, AfPak, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Caucasus (1/2)
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
10. (cont'd) Philippines, Egypt (Sinai stated separately), Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Somalia, West Africa (likely Nigeria) (2/3)
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
10(cont'd)List provides a useful overview of where ISIS likely thinks its regional support is strongest&where we might see rxn attacks (3/3)
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
11. Baghdadi encourages ISIS fighters in Sirte,claims they "flipped the scales" of European policy & that anti-ISIS forces "about to tire"
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
12 Baghdadi repeats call for supporters to emigrate to Iraq and Syria, despite greatly intensified difficulty of travel to ISIS-held terrain
Harleen Gambhir @harleengambhir
13. Finally, Baghdadi claims "Caliphate was not affected" by Adnani+Furqan deaths; recent shifts in ISIS's media activity suggests otherwise

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