PRAYER ALERT: Thirteen top ISIS leaders attempted to overthrow ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in early June. This bout of ISIS infighting was led by commanders from a wide range of states and regions. Most were Arabs from northern Africa, Syria, Yemen, and Kuwait. But one Kurd and one Chechen were also implicated in the ISIS infighting. All thirteen coup leaders were executed. They had opposed al-Baghdadi’s plans to merge with rival jihadist factions. These factions are not only in Syria, but in Libya and Afghanistan where ISIS desires to expand further.
ISIS is also expanding into the Gaza Strip. In a recent video, ISIS insurgents accuse Gaza’s Hamas “tyrants” of selling out Islamic values. They have gained the allegiance of Gaza’s Salafists. The Salafists have upset Hamas’ truce with Israel by firing rockets at Israel. Now ISIS insurgents in Gaza have declared war on both Israel and Hamas. “Gaza will be governed by Shariah despite you,” they say in the video to Hamas.
Already ISIS is exporting jihadists from Gaza to Egypt, Libya and Syria. ISIS jihadists have started the deadliest conflict in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. They have even seized parts of two Sinai towns, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. But as they expand, will there be more ISIS infighting over their gains?
The more land ISIS takes by force, the more their subjects will seek to rise in their ranks and take revenge on their tormentors. He who lives by the sword will die by the sword. As ISIS multiplies atrocities, so we can expect that ISIS infighting will return their violence on their own heads…
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