Monitoring Militant Activity Online – July/August 2019

West Africa Media output shows homogeneity During the first half of 2019, video releases by the Islamic State's Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya and print output by the central leadership underlined the growing homogeneity between the two entities. The videos also provided indicators of the possible subsuming of the Islamic State's Sahel-based affiliate...

West Africa

Media output shows homogeneity

During the first half of 2019, video releases by the Islamic State's Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya and print output by the central leadership underlined the growing homogeneity between the two entities. The videos also provided indicators of the possible subsuming of the Islamic State's Sahel-based affiliate into Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya.

A screenshot from a June 2019 video by the Islamic State’s Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya. The group’s 2019 video releases have shown growing homogeneity with the core Islamic State output. (Source withheld.)
A screenshot from a June 2019 video by the Islamic State's Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya. The group's 2019 video releases have shown growing homogeneity with the core Islamic State output. (Source withheld.)

Messaging from the mainstream faction of the Islamic State's Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya aligned to Abu Abdullah Umar al-Barnawi has remained frequent throughout 2019 to date, predominantly occurring through the transmission of short statements claiming attacks on local security forces and occasionally buttressed by the release of still images depicting the incidents.

Source: www.janes.com