In November 2014, Turki Mubarak Abdullah Ahmad al-Binali was chosen as the chief religious advisor for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115). In addition, Binali provided literature and “fatwas” for ISIL training camps and is closely involved in settling disputes within ISIL.
In late June 2015, Binali announced that ISIL’s next attack, following its bombing of a Shia mosque in Kuwait days earlier, would be in Bahrain. As of mid-May 2015, Binali was the head of ISIL’s religious compliance police and a recruiter of foreign terrorist fighters for ISIL. In mid-May 2015, Binali was the head of ISIL’s accountability unit and a member of a team of advisors for ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, listed as Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai (QDi.299). Binali was the most high-profile voice within ISIL during the lead-up to its declaration of the so-called “caliphate” in June 2014.
As of March 2014, Binali led an ISIL support network actively recruiting Gulf nationals to join ISIL in Syria. He also distributed funds and provided propaganda lectures for ISIL.
After arriving in Al-Raqqa province, Syrian Arab Republic, Binali received small arms training from an ISIL battalion and attempted to persuade Al-Qaida (QDe.004) leaders to pledge allegiance to ISIL.
On February 28, 2014, Binali announced he had joined ISIL and travelled to the Levant to engage in terrorist activities.
As early as April 2013, Binali authored propaganda materials for ISIL, including a call for Muslims to pledge loyalty to Al-Baghdadi, a biography of Al-Baghdadi defending his qualifications to be the so-called “caliph”, and an essay setting forth the legal arguments and scriptural evidence used by ISIL to announce its establishment of the so-called “caliphate”.