Sham al-Islam was established during August 2013 in the coastal region of Salma in Syria, by Brahim Benchekroune (aka Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir) a veteran Moroccan jihadist and former Guantanamo inmate. Benchekroune created accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to attract Moroccans to his new jihadist movement, Sham al-Islam. Since 2013 there has been a consistent flow of Moroccan fighters to Syria with Sham al-Islam being the first choice for these fighters, which is estimated to include about 1 500 Moroccans fighters. Approximately 30 percent of Moroccans fighters in Syria served time in prison under the Moroccan Anti-Terrorism Law. Benchekroune announced: "We consider democracy to be kufr against God Almighty and a doctrine that is in contradiction to God's sharia," Sham al-Islam said. The movement calls for engaging in jihad against apostates from Islam.Seventy-five percent of the Moroccan nationals fighting with Islamic State were “inghimasiyyine,” an IS term meaning…
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