ISIS Explains Killing of Foley and al-Sheitaat Tribe Members

ISIS has released the third edition of its Dabiq Magazine. This issue addresses the killing of journalist James Foley and the al-Sheitaat tribe members. You can read it here.

On the tribe members:

These clans were left armed after they agreed to submit to the rule of the Sharī’ah with the condition they hand over all heavy weaponry. They then betrayed their covenant by rebelling against the Islamic State. They ambushed Islamic State soldiers, and then tortured, amputated, and executed prisoners taken from the ambushes. All these crimes were carried out in opposition to the enforcement of the Sharī’ah.


Thereafter the Islamic State surrounded their villages and ordered them to hand over the perpetuators of the crimes against Islam and the Muslims. The majority of their clans refused to comply, and thus fell into the classification of tawā’if mumtani’ah, by shielding the traitors.

They were then given a 24-hour notice allowing all individuals not involved in the transgression to evacuate their villages. All those able-bodied men remaining would be treated in accordance with the Sharī’ah. Alhamdulillāh, some of their related clans – who did not partake in the treachery – contacted the Islamic State prior to the campaign and disassociated themselves from the treacherous ones.

Upon entering the Shu’aytāt villages, the soldiers of the Islamic State found men hateful of the Sharī’ah, drowning in fāhishah, alcoholism, and drugs, some of them married to more than four wives!

They had hidden away much of the heavy weaponry that they were told to hand over in their initial covenant with the Islamic State. This same weaponry was used in their aggression, only to end up as ghanīmah for the Islamic State.

The article then goes on to describe a "hadith" that sets for the appropriate punishment and says:

This hadīth shows the severity of the prophetic punishment against the treacherous, false claimants of Islam. The wicked deeds of Shu’aytāt were similar to those mentioned in the hadīth, except that the Shu’aytāt clans decided to arrogantly and collectively shield the perpetrators and thereby share the blame for treachery and murder.

In another section, the magazine provides the reasoning behind its overall actions:

the Islamic State has long maintained an initiative that sees it waging its jihād alongside a da’wah campaign that actively tends to the needs of its people. It fights to defend the Muslims, liberate their lands, and bring an end to the tawāghīt, while simultaneously seeking to guide and nurture those under its authority and ensure that both their religious and social needs are met.

For what good is there in liberating a city only to leave its inhabitants steeped in misguidance and misery, suffering from ignorance and disunity, and disconnected from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam). As such, the Islamic State actively works to educate its citizens, preach to and admonish them, enforce their strict adherence to Islamic obligations, judge their disputes, implement the shar’ī hudūd, eradicate all traces of shirk and heresy, incite the people to jihād and call them to unite behind the Khalīfah, Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Awwād Al-Husaynī Al-Qurashī.

The issue devotes a lot of space to Obama, who it claims is continuing the policies of GW Bush:

[T]here is no difference between his partisan politics and that of his predecessor – Bush – apart from cosmetic, superficial touches...Obama now blindly follows the example of “the war president” Bush. He will continue to strengthen the ancient and historical enemy of the West – Persia/Iran.

There is no mention of attacks on America. It's overall prediction, however, is:

And with Allah’s permission, Obama will continue to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Bush, only to become the worst heir for the worst testator, and ultimately bring about the complete collapse of the modern American empire.

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    Obama (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jack203 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 03:09:31 PM EST
    "He will continue to strengthen the ancient and historical enemy of the West - Persia/Iran."

    I'm with ISIS on this.  I don't want Obama to help Iran.  I am quite sure Iran can defend their homeland and territory (southern Iraq) just fine against these ISIS psychos.  I would actually like to see ISIS try just to get see them get their asses kicked.

    In my opinion (and hopefully Obamas) all ISIS has to do is leave the Kurds alone and we'll leave ISIS alone.

    Obama has now admitted he doesn't have a strategy yet.  The neocons have jumped all over this as weakness.  But I agree with Obama. We should be open ended and not have a destroy ISIS at all costs strategy right now.  If we destroy ISIS, some other Sunni group will pop up just as likely to be the same or worse as ISIS.  

    Ourselves, the Kurds and the Shiites all have no chance of pacifying the Sunni lands now.  They are warzones.  We already kicked the hornets nest, and the only thing that will calm them down is time.  Not to go in and kick it again.

    No strategy... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by desertswine on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 10:21:03 PM EST
    is better than neocon strategy.

    Don't be so sure about that. (none / 0) (#7)
    by richj25 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:10:12 PM EST
    The Iranian army, like most armies that serve dictatorships, are mostly experienced in pushing around unarmed civilians. Going up against seasoned fighters would probably be a rude awakening.

    Doing Nothing (openly) is the Best Policy (none / 0) (#2)
    by RickyJim on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 03:59:01 PM EST
    As far as the US is concerned. The assumption is that these guys will disintegrate out of their own insanity.  Can anybody prove otherwise?

    This is helpful. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Green26 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 04:10:08 PM EST
    Now I understand why ISIS is executing and beheading people. Glad ISIS was able to provide this explanation. Ha.

    It's time, in fact past time, to get rid of as many of them as we can, and to weaken them so that the Kurds, Iraqis and others can defend against them.

    Oh man (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 04:55:10 PM EST
    Reading that makes my head hurt

    Do you want me (none / 0) (#5)
    by Green26 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:07:42 PM EST
    to send you an aspirin? I don't want realistic and frank statements to make you ill.

    I was commenting on J's post (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:28:25 PM EST
    Not your comment if that's what you assumed.  

    Got it. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Green26 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 09:06:51 PM EST

    But apparently... (none / 0) (#10)
    by unitron on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 03:12:41 AM EST
    ...you clicked on the top level comment link instead of the "reply to" link, so your comment didn't nest properly to indicate that it was that post, and not the article itself, causing your cranial discomfort.

    I didn't really understand that but (5.00 / 3) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:08:18 AM EST
    The comment went exactly where I meant for it to go.  As a comment on the post.

    That said let's stop hijacking J's thread with this.


    Okay, I see now... (none / 0) (#14)
    by unitron on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 02:43:22 PM EST
    ...you called the article a post, and by post I thought you meant one of the comments.

    Maps of ISIS State to date (none / 0) (#11)
    by squeaky on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 09:43:07 AM EST
    ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria tends to be described as "swaths." The estimated size of these swaths, which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, varies widely in reports, from 12,000 square miles--"an area the size of Belgium," per The Wall Street Journal--to 35,000 square miles, or "an area the size of Jordan," as George Packer wrote this week in The New Yorker. Whatever else the caliphate is, by these estimates of territorial size at least, it's starting to look more and more like a state. Packer continued:

    The self-proclaimed caliphate stretches from the newly conquered towns along the Syrian-Turkish border, through its de-facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria, across the obliterated Iraqi border into Mosul, Tikrit, and Falluja, down to the farming towns south of Baghdad--roughly a third of the territory of both [Iraq and Syria].

    The Atlantic (lots of links there)

    And here is a map of ISIS from Haaretz Map, Long War Journal Map (story here)

    Very cool map, Squeaky (none / 0) (#12)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 09:50:58 AM EST
    I mean, the situation sucks but the google map is great.  I wonder if its creator has an overlay showing oil terminals, wells, etc.