As part of its bid to demonstrate solidarity with Muslims in Gaza and in keeping with its worldview about fighting infidels everywhere while continuing to prioritise the fight against 'apostates,' the Islamic State launched its 'expedition' entitled "And Kill Them Wherever You Find Them." The first operation publicly claimed under this expedition was the Iran bombings, the official statement for which was published soon after the release of spokesman Abu Hudhayfa al-Ansari's speech bearing the same title as that of the expedition. It is by far the most prominent operation so far within this expedition.
The expedition, for the most part, simply entails the Islamic State claiming more operations around the world than it usually does, reflecting either that the group deliberately underreports its own operations in certain areas (e.g. it is very likely that the group routinely underreports its operations undertaken against the Syrian government and its allies in the sparsely populated central regions known as the badiya) or that it is pressing its affiliates to make extra efforts on this occasion- efforts that may run out of steam after a short period of time. The targets mostly reflect the usual groups of those who bear the brunt of the group's operations around the world: 'apostates' of various kinds (whether Shi'a, Alawite or those still claiming affiliation with Sunni Islam but deemed by the group to have 'apostasised') and Christians in Africa (whose homes are routinely raided and burned by Islamic State in various parts of the continent).
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