ISIS releases online propaganda in Italian

(AGI) Rome, Feb 28 - A 64 page document aimed at recruitingaspiring Italian terrorists for the Islamic State (IS) wasdiscovered online by WikiLao on Saturday, a few days after itapparently began circulating in jihadist forums. Thepropagandist text, written in flawless Italian and titled "LoStato islamico, una realta' che ti vorrebbe comunicare" (TheIslamic State, an entity that wants to reach out to you), wassigned by "Your brother in Allah, Mehdi". "I decided to writethis text to try to briefly present an entity that is widelytalked about: the Islamic State, which everyone knows

(AGI) Rome, Feb 28 - A 64 page document aimed at recruitingaspiring Italian terrorists for the Islamic State (IS) wasdiscovered online by WikiLao on Saturday, a few days after itapparently began circulating in jihadist forums. Thepropagandist text, written in flawless Italian and titled "LoStato islamico, una realta' che ti vorrebbe comunicare" (TheIslamic State, an entity that wants to reach out to you), wassigned by "Your brother in Allah, Mehdi". "I decided to writethis text to try to briefly present an entity that is widelytalked about: the Islamic State, which everyone knows throughthe media of the accusers and not through the media of theaccused," the pamphlet's author begins. The document, completewith interviews, pictures, and documentation gathered in theself-proclaimed Caliphate, focuses on life in the province ofal-Raqqa, which has been under IS control for months. Itdescribes the application of Sharia law, the creation ofvarious Islamic tribunals under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's reign,and the tasks of the hisba - "the police that orders good andprohibits evil" and "destroys any temple or temple or tombwhich venerates anyone outside of Allah". The Islamic police"also controls the price of goods, watches over the citizens'safety, resolves disputes over theft, property, threats, orprovocation among Muslims", the text declares. "Thanks toAllah, the mujahideen, who years ago lived hidden in the desertof Anbar in Iraq, now control a vast and ever-expandingterritory. With the application of Sharia law, citizens are nowtruly safe: it is proven that crime rates usually drop by 90percent in the territories we control," the author states. Thedocument claims that the situation in IS territories "isgenerally positive despite the coalition bombings and thenumber of enemies". The Islamic State, it says, "supports thecitizens' needs" as it has obtained and continues to obtain"large quantities of weapons, equipment, and military vehicles,which allows it to concentrate its economic resources onoffering services to the citizens". The text proceeds with ahagiography of the various protagonists of the jihad, andincites the reader to join the "struggle" and support theCaliphate. "The soldiers of the Islamic State are in Algeria,Nigeria, Chad, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and even morenations. And with the will of Allah, the Caliphate will conquerConstantinople and Rome, as Muhammad prophesied." . .