A new head of the so-called Islamic State (IS) has been re-elected to Bangladesh. A journalist working for Zee News of India broke this news in a tweet.
Pooja Mehta is a reporter for terrorism and crime in the news. He claimed that a pro-IS or pro-ISIS telegram channel had announced the appointment of a new emir of the organization in Bangladesh.
Pooja Mehta tweeted that the name of the new emir of the Islamic State in Bangladesh is ‘Abul Abbas Al Bengali’.
But experts who monitor the activities of international jihadist organizations are expressing serious doubts about the claim.
Bangladeshi writer and journalist Tasneem Khalil, based in Sweden, says that over the years the names of three people have been heard who have been promoted as the new heads of ISIS in Bangladesh. But none of these claims were found to be true. On the contrary, in some cases, ISIS itself has opposed these claims with a statement.
Why doubt on the demands of Indian journalists?
Tasneem Khalil says that the claim made in Indian journalist Pooja Mehta’s tweet is not credible at all.
Tasneem Khalil said,. Previously IS had some official telegram channels. He was run by those running the media department. I used to subscribe to those channels as well. ‘
According to him, there are no longer official channels reporting for IS on Bangladesh. Therefore, what is being said in this tweet referring to the Pro-ISIS Bangladesh Telegram channel is misleading. And in those few channels which are still with IS, but so far we have not seen any such news that they have appointed a new emir in Bangladesh. ‘
According to Tasnim Khalil, IS no longer has an organizational status in Bangladesh. Therefore, the appointment of a wealthy of an organization that does not exist does not seem at all credible.
“Another thing is that IS has a process to appoint a wealthy,” he said. If someone suddenly says on Twitter, but the new emir has not been appointed. Overall, I think this claim is not only credible, it is ridiculous. ‘
Tasneem Khalil stated that since ISIS no longer has its own communication channels, there is no opportunity to verify the veracity of any such claims.
Question about pseudonym
Tasneem Khalil also questioned the pseudonym of the so-called new emir of ISIS in Bangladesh. He said that there are many mistakes in this tweet of Pooja Mehta. It mentions the name of the new ISIS emir as ‘Abul Abbas Al Bengali’. The name that IS usually promotes publicly for their leaders or fighters is actually pseudonyms or kuniya in their language. The Kunia of IS is not usually so.
This Kuniya consists of two parts. One part is an indication of family relations, the other is an indication of which country or region it belongs to.
Tasnim Khalil said, “If IS had given the name ‘Abul Abbas Al Bengali’ it would have been ‘Abu Abbas Al Bengali’.” Abu Abbas means Abbas’ father and al-Bengali means Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi people.
IS’s first proclaimed emir in Bangladesh was Saifullah Ozaki, whose pseudonym was Abu Ibrahim Al Hanif. Saifullah Ozaki had a younger son named Ibrahim. This Kuniya is based on the same.
Leadership of IS in Bangladesh
Only one Aamir of IS was still recognized in Bangladesh. His name was Abu Ibrahim Al Hanif. His real name was Sajith Debnath. After his conversion to Japan, his new name was Saifullah Ozaki. He is believed to be the mastermind behind the attack on the pious artisan in Gulshan, Bangladesh. In May 2019, it was reported that Saifullah Ozaki had captured Iraq by Kurdish forces.
Tasnim Khalil said that after Ozaki, it was claimed that two more ISs in Bangladesh had become wealthy. One of them was named Abu Shafiq Al Bengali (2016). At number two is Abu Muhammad Al Bengali. But later, no truth was found in both these claims.
IS’s communication channel in Bangladesh called ‘Baqiya Media Strike’, he himself opposed it. He said that this was a promotion of ‘enemies’ of IS and ‘spies’ working for the Bangladesh government.
If such a demand for the appointment of the new emir of IS is false, what could be the purpose of that campaign? Tasnim Khalil said that counter-terrorism security forces or intelligence agencies in various countries often try to trap potential terrorists by carrying out fake operations. This type of activity is called the honeypot operation, which means trying to seduce by showing sweet greed. Cyber cells of various security intelligence agencies carry out such activities. He thinks it may be part of such an operation.
He gave a fresh example of many false propaganda about IS activities in Bangladesh.
Tasneem Khalil said, हाल Recently, there were reports in Bangladesh that ISIS claimed to have been involved in an attack on a police post in Dhaka. Many people from Site Intelligence spread this news. However, the IS had nothing to do with the bombing of the post, which has also come up in the investigation of the Counter Terrorism Police of Bangladesh. This false claim was spread in the name of IS after the police foiled the conspiracy. ‘Source: BBC Bangla