ISIL releases first media outlet

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Cover page of DABIQ magazine, the first ISIL-linked media outlet

ARA News

Raqqa, Syria – The Islamic State (al-Qaeda splinter group previously known as ‘ISIL’) released last week its first media outlet.

Published in Arabic and English, DABIQ is a 50-page magazine covering the latest news about the Islamic State and its recent advancement in Syria and Iraq.

Activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa told ARA News that the group has distributed copies of the first edition of DABIQ magazine on the residents of the province, where ISIL militants are in control. The magazine is being published and distributed in ISIL-held areas.

The main objective of DABIQ magazine is to promote for the Islamic State led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was recognized by the group as Caliph.

The first edition included speeches by al-Baghdadi, beside pictures and stories of militants of the Islamic State who joined the group’s struggle to establish the aspirated Caliphate in Syria and Iraq. DABIQ’s first edition also glorified the founding-father of ISIL group, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Moreover, the magazine entails the main methods of founding a the first Islamic state to be a destination for Muslims from all over the world.

“The magazine seems quite professional and designed by highly-qualified designers and media workers,” an activist in Raqqa (who preferred anonymity) told ARA News. “The group is trying to convince people with its objectives through this magazine, away from the language of weapons this time.” 

However, observers believe that the magazine is most likely designed to address the West, especially through its high-quality English version.

Thousands of western fighters joined the ranks of the Islamic State group throughout the three-year war in Syria.

On the other hand, the Syrian opposition fighters rejected the establishment of Caliphate by the Islamic State. Nine Syrian rebel groups have dismissed the Islamic State’s announcement of Caliphate through a statement issued end of June, 2014, days after the the announcement. 

 

Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News

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