As usual, the MSM is ignoring this for the most part. There have been a couple of Reuters pieces on it, and The New York Times mentions it in quotes from its interviews with locals who are explaining why so many young men have been attracted to it.
Mahdi Watch has analyzed the latest issue of Dabiq (#4) and it explains why Islamic State has been doing what it has. The observations in the summary:
1) Islamic State is honing its eschatological-apocalyptic message to a fine point, by making its jihad against the “Crusade,” as well as the reimposing of slavery over non-dhimmis, Signs of the Last Hour.
2) The numerous Qur’anic verses and hadith citations employed in this issue of Dabiq—as well as the legions of such in its first three editions—prove once and for all that IS is profoundly and legitimately Islamic. Quotations from the Qur’an are neither taken out of context, nor “misinterpreted;” they are simply rendered, and applied, literally. Certain hadiths, however, are glossed as needed; for example, the prediction that the “Romans “ (Byzantines) would land a major force in Syria to fight the Muslims is reinterpreted to mean the medieval Crusaders from Western Europe, because that better fits IS’s message.
3) A keen awareness and indeed understanding of Western commentary on IS shows in the references to the statements of Obama, Bush, Hagel, Kissinger, Scheuer and Peters—lending further support to suspicions that he is an educated American.
4) IS’s ongoing efforts to degrade the territorial integrity of both Syria and Iraq, as well as to engage in nation-building, proceed apace.
5) References to “Constantinople”–the old Greek Christian name for Istanbul–being conquered by Muslims would seem to indicate that IS does not consider the Turks true Muslims, and that the city requires (re) conquest.
6) IS clearly has now decided to no longer simply focus on its near enemies in the region but will encourage its supporters to strike citizens of its various far enemies in their own homelands. This will very likely mean an increase in what the media calls attacks by “lone wolves”–better known as “roaming hyenas” whose ultimate pack loyalty is to Qur’anic literalists such as those of IS.
It is worth reading the whole thing. IS justifies the enslavement of Yazidis:
In particular Dabiq takes pains to explain why the non-dhimmi Yazidis are enslavable—unlike Jews or Christians. “Their creed is so deviant from the truth that even cross-worshipping Christians for ages considered them devil worshippers and Satanists.”
IS claims that its scholar “research[ed] the Yazidis to determine if they should be treated as an originally mushrik [“polytheistic”] group or one that originated as Muslims and then apostasized.”
Obviously IS came down in favor of the former—deeming Yazidis modern descendants of ancient Persian Zoroastrians—and so ruling that “unlike Jews and Christians, there was no room for jizyah payment. Also, their women could be enslaved…
The section on attacking the enemy would appear to explain perfectly the sudden spate of “lone wolf” attacks. Note that this was written earlier in October, before the attacks:
While the IS, herein, purports to be brimming with confidence about winning the upcoming Armageddon-like battle, it nonetheless encourages Western Muslims to strike individually and pre-emptively against its enemies.
“At this point in the crusade…it is very important that attacks take place in every country that has entered into alliance against the Islamic State, especially the US, UK, France, Australia and Germany….the citizens of crusader nations should be targeted wherever they can be found…
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European—especially the spiteful and filthy French—or an Australian or a Canadian or any other disbeliever…waging war…then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way….” [including, one might well surmise, jihad-by-automobile].
“Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian, or military….”