Jund al-Islam

Jund al-Islam | جند الإسلام

Jund al islam

Location: Sinai

Characteristics: According to reports from Police General Hani Zaher and terror expert Maher Ferghali, Jund al-Islam is in possession of advanced weaponry, including rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and anti-aircraft missiles. In their one known attack, the group employed RPGs and two vehicles loaded with explosives.

Background: Jund al-Islam was widely unknown before 2011, however both Zaher and Ferghali have indicated that Jund al-Islam conducted a military show on the day of Osama Bin Laden’s death in May of that year.

Two years later, on September 11, they claimed a large attack on a military intelligence building in Rafah.

Ideology: In a statement claiming responsibility for the September 11 attack, Jund al-Islam denounced the Egyptian military as traitors to Islam and held them responsible for crimes committed in the interest of “the Jews.”

Although this statement was the only official Jund al-Islam proclamation, the timing of the military show and the military intelligence attack suggests at least a loyalty to Al-Qaeda.

Notable Attacks: The September 11, 2013 attack on the Rafah intelligence building killed at least six people and injured 17 more, including 7 civilians.


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