Forgery: Alleged Islamic State Documents Exposing Relations with Turkey

[Document on right]

Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham
Administration of the Muhajireen in Wilayat al-Khayr

Assignment

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds and prayers and peace be upon the most noble of the creation of God entirely.

According to the aforementioned statement from the Amir al-Mu’mineen, the Ansari brother Hussein Muhammad al-Ali is assigned with travelling to Turkey and from there the amni brother present in Turkey is tasked with sending him and defining the destination of his travel to Germany in order to work on the basis of the statement of the Amir al-Mu’mineen (may God protect him)..

18 Safr 1437 AH

Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.

[Document on left]

Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham
Administration of the Muhajireen in Wilayat al-Khayr

Assignment

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds and prayers and peace be upon the most noble of the creation of God entirely.

According to the aforementioned statement from the Amir al-Mu’mineen, the Ansari brother Ali Hamoud al-Eisa is assigned with travelling to Turkey and from there the amni brother present in Turkey is tasked with sending him and defining the destination of his travel to Germany in order to work on the basis of the statement of the Amir al-Mu’mineen (may God protect him)..

21 Safr 1437 AH

Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.

[Comment: these documents first appeared on the pro-PYD site Hawar News Agency. The documents purportedly date from 30 November 2015 CE and 3 December 2015 CE but are clear forgeries. They use the old name of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham and an old stamp even though these documents date well after the cancellation of that name in June 2014 CE. There is also no other attestation of a body called ‘Administration of the Muhajireen’ within Islamic State administration].

Forgery: Alleged Islamic State Demand for Individual to Pay Zakat

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham

Indeed your trustee is God and His Messenger and those who have believed and those who establish prayer and give zakat and they are those who are humble in doing so.

To the brother

[redacted], it has been obligatory for you to pay zakat for a sum whose extent is [redacted] dollars to the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham. And if you do not pay the required sum, you will be a target for the Islamic State.

Beware of public exposure.

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Baraka
Military administration

[NB: there is also a faded stamp at the top of the document that is not legible]

[Comment: this document appeared to accompany an article on Jisr Press in November 2020 about alleged Islamic State extortion activities in Deir az-Zor countryside. However, there are multiple features of the document that make me sure that it is a forgery. First, the document uses the old name of the group (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham) that was cancelled in 2014. Second, the document uses an old provincial stamp (Wilayat al-Baraka) when in fact Islamic State currently designates all Syrian territories under the name of Wilayat al-Sham. It also makes little sense that a document demanding zakat should bear the stamp of a ‘military administration’ rather than a zakat department stamp or heading. It may be that someone found an old Islamic State stamp and used it to issue a threat to a local under the name of Islamic State].

Forgery: Alleged Islamic State List Threatening Individuals in Deir az-Zor



In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Islamic State
Number: 01199

Wilayat al-Sham
al-Khayr
Diwan al-Amn al-Aam

[list of names, which I have redacted from document]

Peace be upon the one who follows the guidance. As for what follows: ‘And whoso of you stands with them is one of them.’ And therefore, these names have fallen into apostasy from loyalty to the Nusayris and the Kurdish councils and joining the ranks of the atheists. And therefore we say to you: repent before power is gained over you. Otherwise: we will kidnap you on the roads and in the markets and in the mosques even. And we will enter upon you in the homes and we will certainly destroy them over your heads and know that we see you even as you do not see us. So announce repentance from all apostasy in the mosques and before the people. So the one who repents, he makes his blood sacrosanct. And his news will come to us and we make sure from his state of affairs whether he is to be believer or if he is of the liars. And whoso does not repent, he has made his blood permissible to be shed and he only has the sword in our view. And the one who has warned has been excused, and God is predominant over His affair but most of the people do not know.

And these names are particular for the village of Jadid Akeidat (and to be continued).

Published on date 10 March 2021 CE
26 Rajab 1442 AH

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Khayr
Diwan al-Amn al-Aam

[Comment: this document, which appeared on the site Deir az-Zor 24, contains a number of suspicious features that make me sure it is a forgery. First, the typing format looks odd. Second, the document combines the new Islamic State ‘Wilayat al-Sham’ designation for the Syrian territories with an old stamp at the bottom featuring ‘Wilayat al-Khayr’ (Deir az-Zor province). Third, it is strange the document should list the wanted names first and then proceed to explain they are wanted for falling into apostasy. Fourth, the line ‘peace be upon the one who follows the guidance’ at the beginning of the explanation is very irregular. It would be more usual to begin ‘Praise be to God (etc.)…and prayers and peace be upon the (e.g. one sent with the sword as a mercy to the worlds) and (e.g. all his family and companions)].