The claim of the Islamic State to constitute the caliphate resonates with so many Muslims worldwide because the caliphate, in Sunni Islamic theology, is the sole government to which all Muslims owe allegiance, transcending all national allegiances and thus turning its adherents into traitors to their homelands.
“Turkish militants in ISIL video call for slaughter in Turkey,” Today’s Zaman, October 13, 2015 (thanks to Joshua):
Turkish-speaking fighters affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a video on Twitter on Monday in which they called on the people of Turkey either to join ISIL or carry out “all-out slaughter” in the regions where they live.
In the video, which lasts almost nine minutes, the militants were seen with long beards and wearing green clothes. One of the 14 militants in the video called on the people of Turkey to “rise up and fight” against infidels, crusaders and “taghuts” — idolaters of false gods — who trick people into becoming the slaves of crusaders. He also called on people to stop committing the sins that had resulted in the people of Turkey being governed by taghuts, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the interim Justice and development Party (AK Party) government.
This is the second video released by the Turkish-speaking fighters within ISIL. However, this time the group in the video was reportedly made up of militants who recently joined the terrorist group.
ISIL released a video for the first time in Turkish on Aug. 18, during which a Turkish-speaking fighter who was later identified as Fatih Acıpayam, a confectioner based in Bursa, called on the Turkish people to start a war against “treacherous” Erdoğan and to conquer İstanbul.
Acıpayam got married in Kahramanmaraş province in 1995 and has four children. According to Cihan, Acıpayam and his family lived in Isparta before moving to Bursa, where he sold cellphones and then confectionary. Acıpayam’s neighbors in Bursa told Cihan that he sold all his property and went to Syria with TL 100,000. Before leaving Bursa, Acıpayam visited his friends in a coffee shop near his house to ask for their blessings, a neighbor said….