The jihadi organization Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which is based on the Sinai Peninsula and has carried out a number of attacks that targeted security forces in Egypt, has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.
The group’s announcement reflects the expanding regional appeal for Islamic State, a breakaway group of al-Qaeda that has been able to carve out its own caliphate in Iraq and Syria and demanded the Muslim world’s loyalty.
The announcement that pledged loyalty to the leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came through a speech posted on Sunday on the militant group’s Twitter account as well as their Egyptian website.
Last week, the Egyptian group used their same Twitter account when denying reports that it pledged their allegiance to IS.
The speaker on the tape is unknown and says that Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to IS, whose emergence has resembled the raising of a new dawn of monotheism.
The speaker added that al-Baghdadi had been chosen by God to make the caliphate after decades of humiliation has been suffered by Muslims
The speaker continued to urge all Egyptians to rise against the tyrant, in apparent reference to the current Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. He was elected earlier in 2014 after he led the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi an Islamist in July of 2003.
Since then militants based in the Sinai have carried out many new attacks mainly targeting police and soldiers, including an assault that was coordinated that took place last month on an army checkpoint manned by Egyptians that killed 31 military personnel.
No group claimed responsibility for that attack, which prompted the Egyptian army to declare parts of the northern Sinai as under a state of emergency.
The attack caused the army to begin raising homes along the border of the Sinai with Gaza to combat the tunnels used for smuggling.
In another separate statement, the group posted on a Twitter account that the Egyptian army was going to empty Rafah the border town.
President el-Sissi was referred to in the post as Israel’s loyal guard dog.