The Islamic State (ISIS), Soldiers of the Caliphate and The Fate of AQIM

First Event from New Splinter GroupMuch attention has been given to the Islamic State’s beheading videos.  On September 24, 2014 a recently spin off from al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), significant splinter group named The Soldiers of the Caliphate (aka Jund al-Khilafah) beheaded its first victim in the name of ISIS.  Kidnapped on September 20, 2014 Herve Gourdel a French national, lived only four days in captivity before his execution.  France was given a mere 24 hours to respond after the first warning from The Soldiers of the Caliphate (SoC) was delivered via video.Narrative of Islamic State VideosThough Soldiers of the Caliphate attempted to mimic the Islamic State’s flashy well-produced beheading videos, the attempt was sloppy at best.  At the beginning of their video, Soldiers of the Caliphate attempted to address the French government in the same style as the Islamic State addresses the US and the UK governments, but the similarity…

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