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Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen (Gaza-Sinai)

Not yet designated as terrorist by a Western country

Base of operations: Egypt, Palestinian Territories

Background: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

"The Council of Consultation of the Mujahideen," or, more fully, "the Council of Consultation of the Mujahideen in the Environs of Bayt al-Maqdis" is a jihadi group that was first announced in June 2012 in the Sinai Peninsula. As the "Bayt al-Maqdis" (the Holy House or Jerusalem more generally) part of its full name suggests, the group's primary focus has been attacking Israel, most notably carrying out a rocket attack directed at Eilat in southern Israel in April 2013 as well as Sderot in the preceding month. Like other Sinai-origin jihadi groups, the Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen has also been building influence in Gaza to challenge Hamas, attracting disillusioned Salafi members of Hamas' Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Typical of Gaza-Sinai Salafi discourse, the group accuses Hamas and Israel of conspiring against Salafis. It is also likely that the group has a role in the stepped-up Sinai insurgency against the Egyptian government following the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi at the end of June 2013. In keeping with the pro-Islamic State trends in the Gaza-Sinai area, the group declared support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant during the infighting that broke out in Syria with other rebel groups.

Black Flag of Jihad (Sacred Seal Version)
Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen (Gaza-Sinai)
Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen (Gaza-Sinai): Formation Video

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