London: At a time when reports of ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seek to raise doubts about the future of the group, the Islamic State has released five audio statements flaunting allegiance pledges made by different jihadist groups, conveying a message that that it's here to stay.
Within last 24 hours, the extremist group has released five audio messages made by the jihadist groups from Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, and Algeria, the SITE monitoring group said.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) November 11, 2014
According to the SITE, those pledging allegiance to the IS chief Abu Bakr al-Bgahdadi were Egypt's Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqd, “Mujahidin of the Arabian Peninsula,” “Mujahidin of Libya” and “Mujahidin of Yemen”.
The ISIS also showed off a restatement of allegiance by the Algerian-based jihadist group, Jund al-Khilafah, which was in news recently for having beheaded French hostage Hervé Gourdel in September.
However, given that the messages are in audio format, nothing can be said about their authencity.
Earlier, the ISIS has released similar pledges made by jihadist groups like the “Caliphate and Jihad Movement” in Pakistan,Mujahidin Indonesia Timor (MIT), Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines, and Jund al-Khilafa in Algeria in video formats, the SITE report adds.
So far, some two dozen groups have made clear their allegiance to the Islamic State.
The release of messages of allegiance by different jihadist groups across the globe is an attempt by the ISIS to prove its relevance and dominance at a time when the US-led anti-IS coalition warplanes continue to pummel their positions across Iraq and Syria.
The ISIS' ostentation comes in the backdrop of a flood of reports claiming that their kingpin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might have been hit or injured, even killed in US air strikes in Iraq's Mosul last Friday.