A new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “The Knights of the Scorched Battlefield” from “Wilayat Dijlah,” or “State of the Tigris,” Iraq shows the ongoing battles against Iraqi and American coalition forces south of Mosul. The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on December 20.
According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, vulnerable cities within the occupied region named by ISIS as Wilayat Dijlah include, “Al-Shirqat, Al-Qayyarah, Tel Reem, Mt. Makhoul, Al-Zab, Tulul al-Baj, Azawiyyah, Sadiyrah, Al-Mujmu’at, Halabiya Village, [and] Makhmur.”
Last month, the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, reports the BBC.
The video begins with a speech by new ISIS second-in-command and spokesman, Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir. al-Muhajir was announced as the replacement to the deceased Mohammad al-Adnani, who was ISIS’ second-in-command until he was killed by an airstrike on August 30 in al-Bab, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, according to NBC.
In the speech, al-Muhajir says:
O mujahidin, three matters have gathered for you: a land ruled by sharia [law], an invading enemy whom there is nothing obligatory as fighting after iman, and martyrdom.
According to Wikipedia, “Iman in Islamic theology denotes a believer’s faith in the metaphysical aspects of Islam. Its most simple definition is the belief in the six articles of faith.” The six articles of faith in Islam are: “Belief in Allah, The Only God, Belief in the Angels, Belief in Holy Books (Taurat, Gospel and Quran), Belief in the Prophets, Belief in the Day of Judgement, [and] Belief in God’s predestination.”
The video then focuses on ISIS’ battles with the “Rafidis.”
“Rafidi” is a derogatory term for Shia Muslims used by Sunnis. It means “rejectors” because Shia Muslims believe in a different line of successorship for Islam following the death of its founder Muhammad. It is commonly used by ISIS to refer to Iranian-backed Iraqi government as a whole.
The video closes with footage of “ghanimah.”
ISIS calls its “war booty” “ghanimah,” which is an Islamic term. According to the Oxford Dictionary:
In classical Islam, wealth taken by force from an enemy in times of war. There were considerable differences among the classical jurists concerning rights to, and possession of, such wealth. All were agreed, however, that ghanimah was to be distributed in accordance with the shares specified in the Quranic directive in surah 8:41.
And know that anything you obtain of war booty – then indeed, for Allah is one fifth of it and for the Messenger and for [his] near relatives and the orphans, the needy, and the [stranded] traveler, if you have believed in Allah and in that which We sent down to Our Servant on the day of criterion – the day when the two armies met. And Allah , over all things, is competent.
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