In a video released to jihadist forums on Dec. 1, Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) showed some of its recent attacks in North Sinai against Egyptian security personnel along with footage of some of its fighters training. As in previous videos from the Sinai-based jihadist group, clips from al Qaeda figures are featured.
The new video, which has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, contains clips from former al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and from Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) spokesman Abu Muhammad al ‘Adnani al Shami. In late August, the ISIS spokesman called on Egyptians to take up arms and fight the Egyptian army.
In the portion that focuses on the group’s training, fighters are seen firing guns and practicing encircling targets such as enemy vehicles. At one point, the Ansar Jerusalem fighters are shown with al Qaeda’s flag planted in the ground beside them as they fire their weapons. This flag was first used by al Qaeda in Iraq but has been adopted by al Qaeda affiliates and associated groups. […]