Indonesian national Mohammed Yusip Karim is a senior ISIL member and has appeared in an ISIL propaganda video designed to recruit individuals to ISIL and to instruct individuals to perpetrate terrorist acts in ISIL’s name.
Karim was arrested in Zamboanga, the Philippines in December 2004 for bringing in funds with the intent of establishing a new training site for militant operations in Mindanao. Karim was arrested carrying $21,000 to the Philippines on behalf of an operational commander in Jemaah Islamiyah (QDe.092). The money was reportedly to be given to foreign terrorist fighters around the Liguasan Marsh region.
Karim then spent nine years in prison in the Philippines for illegal possession of weapons and explosives. He was later acquitted in December 2013 and deported to Indonesia on 26 March 2015. Soon after, Karim travelled to Syrian Arab Republic to join ISIL and reportedly assumed a senior role in ISIL.
Karim appeared in an ISIL video “the Solid Structure” produced by ISIL’s “the Philippines” media office and distributed on social media on 21 June 2016. Karim’s appearance, testimony and actions in the video intends to recruit individuals to ISIL as well to show his participation in terrorist acts, namely the beheading of a prisoner on behalf of ISIL.
In the video, Karim states “to all of the groups and factions, and especially in the areas of the [Indonesian] archipelago, the Philippines, Malaysia, and what surrounds them: come together to pledge allegiance to the caliph, the emir of the believers [a reference to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, listed as Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai (QDi.299)], and join the ranks of the caliphate”. Addressing the “factions in the Philippines” Karim states “You have known that an emir [a reference to Isnilon Hapilon (QDi.204)] for the shura council was selected, and he was accepted by the caliph, and thus you must listen and obey, to be united under one banner”.