Indonesia: Bucktooth Bashir Pledges Allegiance to the Islamic State

Indonesia jihad leader Abu Bakar Bashir pledges allegiance to Islamic State

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JAILED Indonesian militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has pledged allegiance to jihadists who have overrun swathes of Iraq and claimed leadership of the world’s Muslims, a radical group said Tuesday.

The news came as authorities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, announced measures aimed at curbing growing support for the Islamic State (IS) group, including the blocking of websites that support them.

Abu Bakar BashirAbu Bakar Ba’asyir, or Bashir, is the spiritual leader of the jihad terror group Jamaah Islamiyah, and consequently retains considerable influence among Indonesian jihadists. He is the first jihad leader of any significant prominance to jump on the Islamic State bandwagon, but if the Islamic State can sustain itself over a period of years, there will be many more.

“Jailed Terrorist Convict Ba’asyir Pledges Oath With ISIS on the Rise,” by Kennial Caroline Laia and Dyah Ayu Pitaloka, Jakarta Globe, August 4, 2014:  /Comments

Jakarta. Imprisoned terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has officially pledged his allegiance, or bai’at, to join the jihadist movement of a militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an official, who says that the list of Indonesian Muslim supporters for the radical movement only continues to grow.

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