A report on the rising Islamic State (IS) menace in Mindanao has shone a lightweight on how militants use social media to recruit young Muslims to their trigger.
As we reported yesterday, the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) launched a report entitled Marawi, the ‘East Asia Wilayah’ and Indonesia that detailed how the continued disaster in Marawi was inspiring rising help for IS.
It additionally argued that injury to town brought on by aerial bombardment was already getting used as a recruitment device and that the federal government would have to take nice care not to incite additional resentment.
Within the pages of this report are transcripts of social media posts revealing the propaganda battle being waged alongside the preventing on the streets of town.
The following dialog on the Telegram messaging service was recorded quickly after chaos erupted in Marawi on May 23. The report says that the names have been eliminated, however nothing else altered:
Non-Filipino: Have they taken town Marawi?
Maute fighter: Assalamualaikum [then in Tagalog] My brothers/sisters within the Caliphate right here in Lanao del Sur, let’s unite to increase the flag of tawheed within the Philippines
Maute fighter: We did taken town
Non-Filipino: Is that confirmed through Amaaq?
Maute fighter: No not but. But inshaallah our brother and sister will declare it. […]
Non-Filipino: How large is town? Like large as town of Kirkuk?
Maute fighter: Not so large. We burned the college created by the individuals.
Non-Filipino: Isnt these outdated photographs from yesterday?
Maute fighter: Update #ISRANAO #PHILIPPINES Assalamualaikum our brothers within the entrance line are busy preventing the taghut and murtadeen in Marawi City. As of 6am Manila time, 11 taghut troopers are wounded. three of them died.
Pakistani participant: #BREAKING: #Islamic State overruns #Marawi metropolis in #Philippines and raises the #Islamic state flag within the central of town…
Maute fighter: DAWLATUL ISLAM !!!!!!
Speaker three: Khilafah troops patrolling on streets of marawi metropolis..philippines!
Maute fighter: We at the moment are within the coronary heart of the islamic metropolis of Marawi.
Non-Filipino: What occur to the military? They run?
Maute fighter: They run like pigs with their filthy blood combine with the lifeless our bodies of their comrades.
Speaker three: Alhamdulillah
Non-Filipino: I’m ready if Amaaq gonna report this
Speaker three: He will report quickly inshallah.
Maute fighter: We occupied the western a part of town. We burned the american established college named Dansalan College midnight round 9pm.
Speaker four: Alhamdulillah…go on, brothers mujahidin. Allah with you all. Any different asean international locations be part of Philippines Crusaders to combat in opposition to IS?
Maute fighter: Yes! china,malaysia,indonesia,japan..
Speaker four: Brunei?
Non-Filipino: I watch television, Brunei ship as peacekeeper below kuffur PBB [Indonesian abbreviation for the United Nations] banner
Maute fighter: Yes Brunei.
Non-Filipino: Yes I noticed final 12 months within the native newspaper Brunei, Sweden, asean international locations on mission below PBB in Mindanao…
Speaker three: Here we go, Hijrah to Philippines
Speaker four: Door is opening…
Speaker three: We are coming
Speaker four: Good thought; all of the enemy’s take a look at Iraq and Suria
Eventually, Amaq, IS’s propaganda information outlet, introduced that IS had attacked Marawi, and since then, a gentle stream of conversations have been recorded from and in regards to the siege.
At one level, a message was posted, presumably from IS excessive command, warning supporters to watch out about how they referred to the terrorists. It learn: “We advice our beloved brothers who sacrifice their time and support their State. Don’t use “maute” “abu sayyaf ” or any group title that pledge allegiance to Amerul Mu’mineen Abi bakr al-baghdadi(hafidhahullah). Instead name them, troopers of the State (Junudul Khilafah), IS fighter, IS of east asia.
“This is the time for wilayat for east asia (indo, malay, phil, aus, viet, sing etc). We will eradicate the names of the tawaghit country names and national, and unite for the sake of Allah(ta ‘ala).”
The report stated: “Through the Telegram teams, Filipino jihadis have been creating a global constituency, with their studies from the sphere translated immediately into English, Tagalog, Arabic, Turkish, German and Indonesian.
“The outpouring of information and support showed how much the Marawi jihad had infused individual extremists in the region with a new sense of purpose and how much jihadis around the world were reinforcing them with praise and encouragement.”
Plan for ‘East Asia Wilayah’
In one other Telegram post, an unidentified IS supporter spelled out the kind of state they have been preventing to create in Mindanao. An ‘East Asia Wilayah’, they stated, ought to have the next options:
• Implements Shariah
• Implements Jizya [taxes on non-Muslims]
• Implements Hudud [punishments such as amputation and crucifixion]
• Abolishes borders
• Not participant in UN
• Not participant in world monetary system
• Fights Israel and world superpowers
• Frees the prisoners
• Bans musical devices
• Bans adultery
• Bans medicine and alcohol
• Enforces good enterprise practices
• Has a gold customary forex
• Bans public shirk [idolatry]
• Destroys idols
• Levels graves
• Removes usury banks
• Destroys nationalism and racism
• ban smoke confiscated [sic]
The report concluded that the longer the Marawi rebellion continued, and phrase of the militants’ resilience unfold, the extra young Filipino Muslims have been seemingly to be radicalised.
“As with other IS-inspired or directed operations, one of the immediate imperatives of the IS coalition was to document and post its triumphal takeover of Marawi on IS media,” it stated.
“Part of the attraction of ISIS has been its utopian imaginative and prescient of a pure state the place justice, equality and prosperity would prevail.
“That vision never had any connection to reality but the willingness of even well-educated university students to believe it shows how much has to be done in Mindanao to restore – or create – a belief in democratic government.”