In the 70th edition of Al-Naba, the weekly newsletter of the Islamic State (IS), entitled, “The Liquidation of Spies for the Jewish State” (tasfiya juwasees lil-dawla al-yahudiya), which did include a description of IS’s Wilayat Sinai having eliminated an Israeli spy network, but also included more general information about the IS security structure in Egypt.
“The soldiers of the Islamic State are, alongside the military war (al-harb al-askariya), locked in a raging security (amniya) and information (ma’lumatiya) war”, Al-Naba 70 begins by saying. This general condition holds for Wilayat Sinai, where IS jihadists have to contend with both the “apostate” security forces of Egypt and “the Jews”.
Al-Naba 70 then turns to a “special security source” from Wilayat Sinai, who stresses the importance of the “security apparatus” (al-jihaz al-amniya). The source says that IS has to be serious about counter-intelligence to deal with Egypt, Israel, and threats from undermining “apostate” forces, i.e. rival jihadists and insurgents.
“As for the tasks that are placed on the shoulders of the security apparatus, they are many, since it is the backbone (asab) of each state (dawla) and the first line of defence, responsible for searching out the enemy’s security vulnerabilities and moving at the appropriate time to strike a heavy blow against him”, Al-Naba says. The security apparatus protects “the soldiers of the Islamic State and the subjects (ra’eea) of the Commander of the Faithful”, tracks and eliminates Egyptian and Israeli agents/infiltrators (amala) and spies (juwasees), monitors suspects, collects information about them, and decides on the order of their priority.
“The Jewish state had expressed concern more than once about developments in the Sinai, and questioned the ability of the Egyptian army to deal with the mujahideen”, says Al-Naba. “The special security source confirmed that the Jewish army was and is still supportive of the Egyptian army in its war against the caliphal state (al-dawla al-khalifa). The warplanes of the Jews have done most of the bombing against the Muslims in the Sinai, killing dozens of them and destroying their homes.”
Al-Naba goes on:
The Jews Recruit Agents and Spies
The Jews were not satisfied with the bombing operations [alone], so they sought to recruit the weak souls and slaves of money (da’af al-nafus wa-abeed al-mal) to be their eyes against the mujahideen and observe their [the jihadists’] movements. However, the security apparatus detected (kushif)—thanks be to God—many of these spies.
As for how the Jews are recruiting spies, the same source says: “This matter is carried out in a number of ways, including making random phone calls among the Muslim common people [in the Sinai], reaching out to the weak souls among them and luring them in. They are lured with money, and some are detainees recruited while in the Jewish prisons in exchange for a commutation of their sentence or release, on condition that they maintain communication and begin their employment [as spies] immediately upon their release.”
In addition to the foregoing, the Jewish state has been strengthening the broadcasting capacity from the Jewish telephone networks, at the expense of Egyptian counterparts, to facilitate communication with residents in the border areas and monitor their communications.
However, these means and methods were not as effective as their owners had wanted … The inhabitants of these areas often inform the caliphate soldiers about the Jews ’communication with them and reject these offers.
Jewish Bombing (al-Qasf) and Spies Detected
Recently, there have been bombing attacks by Jewish aircraft on Wilayat, many of which were conduct after information provided by agents and spies, The security source indicated that the detection of these spies begins by gathering information and clues from the targeted locations, trying to find security gaps (al-thugharat) … and identify the existence of any suspects near the scene.
To confirm the suspect’s involvement in espionage on behalf of the Jews or the apostates, they are placed under close surveillance. Evidence is sought of their contact with the enemy, or obtained through the confession of other agents that have been arrested from the same spy ring … They are then arrested, interrogated, and the judgment issued against them implemented by a shari’a court.
The supposed security source gives the example of a recent spy cell consisting of three men that was uncovered: “They confessed to communicating with the Jews by telephone through an apostate officer called Hafez, and had been tempted by money [into becoming spies]”.
An Israeli intelligence officer—Al-Naba makes no mention of which service, but we can assume it was MOSSAD—“called the apostate Husayn Duwayhi al-Bareeki and offered to pay his debts and provide him sums of money” in exchange for information on the jihadists’ movements, which he did, allegedly getting two of them killed.
Another member of the cell, At’allah Husayn al-Bareeki, laid down “sharayih” (something like “disks”, tracking devices) that gave away the positions of IS jihadists in Sinai, getting one of them killed.
The “most dangerous” man in the cell was Husayn bin Awda al-Azzami, says Al-Naba, who “was working to recruit agents, and he was also distributing money and sharayih that located [the jihadists] to [these agents]. Praise be to God that the mujahideen succeeded in arresting and liquidating him”.
Al-Naba concludes by saying that the security source has a few words for those who have “sold their religion”: they can turn to the truth, they can “repent” (fatubua) and make amends with God, replacing bad deeds with good ones. The source reiterates that it is “slanderous” to say IS does not grant safety to repenters, even those who have fought against the organisation