Belgian fighter admits that Islamic State is lacking manpower

The Islamic State is in dire need of fighters, a prominent Belgian member admits. Listing the sixteen best reasons to join the jihad, he puts the lack of manpower at the second place.

PLEASE SEE UPDATE BELOW.

Belgian IS fighter Hicham Chaïb in a picture from Syria published in October

Belgian IS fighter Hicham Chaïb in a picture from Syria published in October

According to recent reports in western media, the Islamic State (IS) is so in need of additional manpower after weeks of hammering airstrikes, that it dropped most of its vetting of foreign recruits. In the past, new volunteers had to present recommendations of three established fighters before they were allowed to cross the Turkish border and enter Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s caliphate. “Almost any muslim who wants to travel now can”, a man responsible for a safehouse of IS in the Turkish town of Urfa told ‘The Daily Telegraph‘ last week.

Writing on his Facebook page, a prominent Belgian fighter within IS now explicitly confirms that the group is in shortage of fighters. Hicham Chaïb, a former leader of the extremist organization Shariah4Belgium, listed sixteen arguments to join the army of IS. “We call upon the muslims to fight for so much reasons”, he wrote, “with the following as the most obvious.” The first one he mentioned was “to prevent the infidels to dominate”, while the second already spoke about the “lack of manpower” his group is facing now.

The entire list reads as follows — as literally as possible translated out of Dutch:

1. To prevent the infidels to dominate

2. Because of the lack of manpower

3. Out of fear for the fire in hell

4. To fulfill the duty of Jihad and heed the call of the Lord

5. To follow the pious predecessors (the exemplary generations)

6. To build a solid base for Islam

7. To protect those who are suppressed in the countries

8. To hope for martyrdom and a high position in the Paradise

9. Because Jihad truly is a shield for the honor of the Ummah and a means to avoid humiliation

10. To protect the honor of the Ummah and to break the conspiracy of its enemies

11. To guarantee the earth and protect against depravity

12. To safeguard the islamic places of worship

13. To protect the Ummah against punishment, depravation and replacement

14. For the prosperity of the Ummah and the expansion of its means

15. Because Jihad is the culmination of Islam

16. Because Jihad is the most outstanding way of worship and the Muslim can obtain the highest degrees with it.

Before he went to Syria on the 19th of March 2013, Chaïb was known as bodyguard of Shariah4Belgium’s founder and leader Fouad Belkacem. But the role of ‘Abu Haniefa’ — as he was called in the organization — was much more important than flexing his muscles. That became clear when he took over the organization after Belkacem’s imprisonment in June 2012 together with two other core members, Feisal Yamoun and Noureddine Abouallal. They are both killed in Syria since. All four the mentioned men are currently on trial in Belgium for leadership of a terrorist organization — in absentia of course, apart from Belkacem.

In Syria, Chaïb apparently is trying to become the new public face of his group. He did appear already in several promotional videos describing the prosperous life in the caliphate, and frequently is launching new appeals to join IS in Facebook posts. His wife Kaoutar Bioui, also known as ‘Umm Haniefa Al Belgikiya’, has followed her husband to Syria and is as radical as he. In May of this year, she even called upon the muslims in Belgium to assassinate the far right politician Filip De Winter. “May Allah enlighten our eyes with the slaughter of this pig”, she wrote.

UPDATE: Chaïb’s list of arguments to join Islamic State comes literally from Al Qaida’s co-founder Abdullah Yusuf Azzam’s years old pamphlet ‘Join the Caravan‘, as Timothy Holman informed us today. So, it may be wrong to relate it to the current state of IS.


Facebook picture learns Belgian woman about husband’s death in Syria

During the past few days, three Belgian fighters reportedly were killed in Syria. All of them belonged to the radical ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Sham’ (ISIS). One of their women, back from Syria herself since only two months, learned about her husband’s fate yesterday evening by seeing a picture of his dead body on a friend’s Facebook account.

The wife of ‘Abu Muthanna’, one of the Belgian dead, saw his picture (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE) on the Facebook page of Hicham Chaïb (a.k.a. ‘Abu Haniefa’, a.k.a. ‘Muhajirien As Shaam’), the only remaining leader of Shariah4Belgium currently fighting in Syria. “My husband?” she reacted in panic. “Can anybody contact me please to tell what’s going on?”

Several hours later, still no visible answer was shown. It is unsure whether Hicham Chaïb is on the same spot where ‘Abu Muthanna’ had died, since Chaïb is mentioning Homs as his place of residence and the three Belgians were killed somewhere in between of Ar-Raqqah and Hasakah, according to the French ISIS fighter ‘Abu Abdillah Mujahid’ — who appears to be the original source of the picture that Chaïb has shared.

“On Tuesday, six of our people were killed in battles against the Free Syrian Army, Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra near the village of Margada, two of them Belgians”, the Frenchman wrote. “On Wednesday seven, one of them from Belgium and another one from the Netherlands.” He didn’t mention any names, but apart from ‘Abu Muthanna’ and slain comrades from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Indonesia, he also posted a posthumous picture (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE) of an African man, telling the guy was a Belgian from Malian descent.

‘Oum Almuthanna’, as the woman mentioned above is calling herself, is a sister of Noureddine Abouallal (a.k.a. ‘Abou Mujahid’)— another member of the triumvirate that took over as leaders of Shariah4Belgium after the arrest of founder and public face Fouad Belkacem (a.k.a. ‘Abu Imran’). Abouallal was killed while fighting in Syria in July of last year (a video eulogy can be seen here) while his third colleague Feisal Yamoun (a.k.a. ‘Abu Faris’) has died there last month (video here). All of them were living in of near the Belgian city of Antwerp and share Moroccan roots.

In January, ‘Oum Almuthanna’ and Abouallal’s widow Tatiana Wielandt — a Flemish muslim convert — came back from Syria. They both appeared to be pregnant, and apparently they didn’t want to give birth in the midst of a vicious war. According to their parents, they got help from the Belgian authorities while traveling home. After their arrival, they were questioned by the police, but not arrested.

UPDATE: a partly French spoken video of the remains of ‘Abu Muthanna’ can be seen here — with a warning again for it’s graphic content.


Will the Prime Minister ever admit that they have met? – A eulogy for ‘Shariah4Belgium’ leader Abu Faris

A few hours ago, a eulogy was published in Dutch on the Facebook page ‘Free Aseer Abu Imran’, ran by supporters of ‘Shariah4Belgium’. It’s about Feisal Yamoun from Antwerp, also known as Abu Faris. He was a leader of the extremist organization who died this month in Syria. Here is a quick translation of some excerpts.

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“A mercy for the Ummah, a nightmare for the enemy, an example for the worshippers, an ordeal for the cowards and a softener of the heart for the oppressed. This is a short description of my brother, my companion, my hero, the hero of islam and the lion of the Ummah, Feisal ‘Abu Faris’ Yamoun.”

“Who was he? May Allah be pleased with him. He was born 30 years ago in an affluent neighborhood of Berchem. He grew up in the Antwerp diamond district. At a young age, he already was aware about the prayer. After his studies, he started as a student coach in different school of Antwerp. He has always had a tendency to speak with young people.”

“Then he started to work as an event planner for political venues and sport events. He has met the most famous Belgian politicians and athletes. Will Secretary of Defence Pieter De Crem or the Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters ever admit that they have met Abu Faris? A successful businessman with a brand new BMW and a bright future, as he once was described by his former colleagues.”

“At one point, he began to delve into the faith by listening to the wonderful lectures of Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki. He decided to start living for the hereafter instead of this humiliating world. He sold his house, his expensive car and began his blessed journey into Islam. I ask you by Allah, how many people do you know who sell their home because they seek the satisfaction of Allah?”

“He did establish a system of one month working and one month studying. Like that, he gathered knowledge, while we sometimes didn’t understand why he had suddenly disappeared. He only stayed at home in order to study, subhanallah.”

“In 2010, he and Abu Imran decided to proclaim the dawah of tawheed openly. He was the sahib of Abu Imran, wallahi Abu Faris and Abu Imran were complementary. I’ve never seen a couple of brothers being complementary as they were in my entire life.”

“May Allah gather both brothers under his shadow on the day there is no other shadow than that of him. They came together purely for the love of Allah, may Allah reward them. Abu Faris is yet another proof that it aren’t the marginal, the future-less, and the low lifes who were doing dawah and hijra fi sabilillah after that. By Allah, they are the best of this pernicious society. Abu Faris truly enchanted the brothers with his wonderful character and sublime charisma.”

“One day, he went to the Moroccan consulate in Antwerp, asking for a Moroccan passport. Normally people have to wait one or two months for that, but when they learned who he was, they gave to him after only two weeks. Those taghut even were wishing him a good trip. When asked why he did so, he said: ‘I gave those idiots false hope. Now they think I’m going to Morocco to be tortured. Let them wait for me!’ How we laughed with Abu Faris! May Allah smile at him just like he did make us smile.”

“Abu Faris also was a specialist in counter-espionage. He had all sorts of gadgets to make the kuffar mad. He made several recordings with hidden cameras during his meetings with politicians and secret services. The proces against Abu Imran will be exciting when those recordings will be surfaced.”

“This is really not an exaggerated glorification, we are Allah’s witnesses on earth. May Allah bless his mother for having shared a pearl like him with us. Media have done everything in their might to marginalize Abu Faris. They told he terrorized the Seefhoek quarter with his two pitbull’s. But how can someone who lived all his life in Berchem in the heart of the diamond district terrorize the Seefhoek? It’s a gang of vulgar liars!”

“The vision of Abu Faris was unbelievable. He wanted neither unskilled criminals, nor highly educated traitors to the faith, but a new generation of confident, skilled and dedicated mujahideen. That was the vision of this strategist. Abu Faris was a statesman, one who looked for the best for the Ummah and not the best for himself. Allah did test him during his dawah, people have boycotted him from all sides. He even lost his job through intimidation by the state security and the bank did freeze his accounts. Only because he openly proclaimed the word of Allah.”

“When Allah saw that his servant was this strong and steadfast, he chose him for his army in Bilaad As-Shaam. His blessed army, his blessed flag and his blessed aim. Abu Faris had a slogan in his life: “Dress yourself with new clothes, be thankful to Allah and die as a martyr.” He lived and died in accordance with that.”

UPDATE: ‘Free Aseer Abu Imran’ has published a brochure with the eulogies for Abu Faris, Abu Atieq and Abou Mujahid — all three Shariah4Belgium leaders killed in Syria


Brian De Mulder & Hicham Chaïb pictured together in Syria

Today, a new picture emerged of Brian De Mulder, one of the most famous Belgians fighting in Syria. Raised in a catholic family in Antwerp as son of a mother who immigrated from Brazil, he even made headlines in Time magazine.

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The photograph was published on the Facebook account of Hicham Chaïb, another Syria fighter from the city of Antwerp, pictured on the left of De Mulder. Also known as ‘Abu Haniefa’ and ‘Muhajirien As Shaam’, he was part of the triumvirate that took the lead of Shariah4Belgium after it’s founder Fouad Belkacem (a.k.a. Abu Imran) was imprisoned in Belgium.

Chaïb is the only one of those three still alive. Noureddine Abouallal (a.k.a. Abou Mujahid) died last summer while fighting in Syria, and Feisal Yamoun (a.k.a. Abu Faris) was killed there last week. According to the Belgian newspaper ‘Het Nieuwsblad‘, security services considered the latter far more important in Shariah4Belgium than public face Belkacem, especially for the recruitement of Syria fighters.

Where the picture of De Mulder and Chaïb was taken — and whether they have fought on the side of Abouallal and Yamoun — isn’t clear. “On the lookout for the sake of Allah’, is the only comment. De Mulder has long been active on Facebook under the alias ‘Abu Qasem Brazili’, but a few weeks ago his account disappeared. It isn’t clear whether De Mulder still communicates with extremists in Belgium, but judging by the 50+ likes his new picture got in about an hour, his popularity there has only increased.


First pictures of a Shariah4Belgium leader fighting in Syria

On the internet, photos appeared of a former Shariah4Belgium leader now fighting in Syria. Pictured is Hicham Chaib, who was living in Antwerp and is known as ‘Abu Haniefa’.

He used to be the bodyguard of Shariah4Belgium founder Fouad Belkacem and belonged to the trio that took the lead after Belkacem was arrested. Last year, Chaib spent two months behind bars for his hate speech and disorderly conduct during riots in the Antwerp neighborhood of Borgerhout.

It was already known he traveled to Syria after his release. But the pictures showing him with a kalashnikov assault rifle are the first of a prominent Shariah4Belgium member coming out of Syria. The two other secondants of Belkacem also went to Syria. Abouallal Noureddine (aka ‘Abou Mujahid’) was killed there in July, while Feisal Yamoun (aka ‘Abu Faris’) hasn’t been heard of recently.

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