The Islamic State released a letter on Thursday, which it claims was written by its “Khalifah,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In the letter, Baghdadi explained that his subordinates were carrying out their Muslim duty to wage jihad against the Kufr, or nonbelievers. He also revealed an obsessive, seething hatred of Jews. He blamed–in Hitler-like fashion–the Jews for “plundering” Muslim economies and installing corrupt dictators to run Islamic lands. In noting the recent date of his letter, Baghdadi congratulated Islamist entities throughout the Middle East for pledging to his terror group, while also castigating the recent deployment of 1,500 additional U.S. troops into the region. Baghdadi also revealed that the Islamic State will not stop its aggression until Rome is conquered by its forces.
Multiple media outlets claimed last week that Baghdadi was either seriously wounded or killed in an airstrike on an Islamic State position.
The letter began with the Islamic State Khalifa explaining that waging jihad on behalf of Islam is a duty for all Muslims:
Thus, it is upon the Muslims to understand well and realize that fighting is obligatory upon each individual amongst them, and that jihad is the best of deeds and peak of Islam.
Baghdadi continued, explaining how Islamic State fighters will be aided by Allah in their battles:
They must also realize that Allah will aid the mujahidin [people doing jihad]; this is inevitable. And thus, for this reason the soldiers of the Islamic State will fight. They fight in obedience to Allah and to gain closeness to him. They will never abandon fighting. Even if only one soldier of them remained, they will never abandon fighting, because they defy humiliation and injustice. They will never abandon fighting, because they did not taste honor and dignity except by fighting.
Baghdadi revealed his belief that the U.S.-led coalition is afraid and incapable of defeating his forces:
We see America and its allies stumbling between fear, weakness, inability, and failure. America, Europe, Australia, Canada, their apostate tails and slaves from amongst the rulers of the Muslims’ lands were terrified by the Islamic State.
He then described Jews as money-hungry individuals who controlled the leaders of Muslim countries. Baghdadi said:
The Jews were frightened; they feared for their economy. They feared for the Muslims’ wealth and the goods of our lands, which they plunder, suck dry, enjoy themselves with, and fight us with via their agents from amongst the treacherous rulers of the Muslims’ lands. They fear for their security. They fear the revolt of the Muslim peoples [against their rulers]. They fear their defeat. They fear the return of the Khilafah (caliphate) and the return of Muslims to pioneering and leadership.
Baghdadi’s verbal assault against America and “the Jews” continued:
America and its allies are terrified, weak, and powerless. Due to their fear and weakness, the Jews covertly and stealthily participate in this crusade. They do not have the courage to announce this, out of the fear of the Muslims.
Baghdadi’s comments on this week’s deployment of additional U.S. troops into the Middle East reveals the letter’s recent date:
Here is Obama who has ordered the deployment of 1,500 additional soldiers under the claim that they are advisors because the Crusaders’ airstrikes and constant bombardment – day and night – upon the positions of the Islamic State have not prevented its advance, not weakened its resolve.
He promised that the Islamic State will not stop its jihad until Rome is conquered:
By Allah’s permission, they [US-led coalition] will be defeated. And indeed the Muslims will be victorious. By Allah’s promise, they will be victorious. And the march of the mujahidin will continue until they reach Rome.
The jihadi leader then praised several Islamist groups that had recently pledged to his terror outfit:
Glad tidings, O Muslims for we give you good news by announcing the expansion of the Islamic State to new lands, to the lands of al-Haramay (Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia) and Yemen … to Egypt, Libya, and Algeria.
Baghdadi concluded, explaining to his followers that their enemy was at war with Islam, and that the Islamic State intends to battle those forces:
O Allah, all the armies of kufr (disbelievers) from amongst the Jews, Crusaders, atheists, and apostates gathered against us. They did so in opposition to your religion. … O Allah, support your soldiers and bring your religion triumph.