Road to the Caliphate: April 12-14, 2013

Primary Sources:

Poem from Abū al-Ḥasan al-‘Azdī: “Oh Islamic State We Sacrifice For You”

The Syrian Coalition denounces all positions that stand in the way of Syrian freedom and that do not align with the will of the people

The future of Syria is drawn by the arms of the revolutionaries

Secondary Source:

Syrian Rebels Break With Group Over Qaeda Wing Alliance – New York Times

Road to the Caliphate: April 9, 2013

Primary Sources:

Audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq’s Shaykh Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: “Announcement of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām”

Statement from Shaykh Abū Basīr al-Ṭarṭūsī: “On the Announcement of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām”

Secondary Sources:

Jihadists warn: Syria-Iraq Al Qaeda unification reflects badly on us by Hassan Hassan

Primary Sources Comparing The Islamic State’s Three Bayat Campaigns in its Wilayat al-Sham

The First Bayat Campaign – Abu Ibrahim

Hawran (Dara’)


al-Khayr (Dayr al-Zur)


al-Barakah (al-Hasakah)

Halab (Aleppo)

The Second Bayat Campaign – Abu al-Hasan



“Jihad of the Believers Continues – Wilayat al-Sham”

The Third Bayat Campaign – Abu al-Husayn

al-Sham – I

al-Sham – II


“And God Will Surely Support Those Who Support Him #5 – Wilayat al-Sham”