About The MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM)

The MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) scrutinizes Islamist terrorism and violent extremism worldwide, with special focus on activity within and emanating from the Arab world, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, as well as on attacks and activity in the West inspired and encouraged by the Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, and other global jihad organizations. This activity includes lone-wolf attacks by residents of Western countries.

The JTTM monitors imminent and potential threats posed by various terrorist and violent extremist organizations – such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and emerging jihadi groups – and individuals. These threats, whether strategic, tactical, military, conventional, non-conventional, or cyber, may be against national security and public safety in the U.S. and the West, or against these countries' crucial interests and assets worldwide. It also examines and analyzes the ideological motivations behind these threats, and includes a decade and a half of archives of exclusive content on jihad and terrorism.

JTTM translations and analysis are from both open and password-protected sources monitored around the clock, including:

  • Online media: Official outlets of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other groups, including social media, websites, and forums, and dozens of the most important Islamist websites, blogs, and social media accounts.
  • Visual media: TV channels from the Arab world, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iran, as well as jihadi videos posted online from all over the world.
  • Social media accounts of known jihadis and pro-jihadis: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Dailymotion, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Ask.fm, and others.
  • Content-sharing websites where jihadi content such as photo and video reports is pasted for dissemination: Internet Archive, Justpaste.it, Pastebin, and more.
  • Jihadi use of apps, both open and encrypted: WhatsApp, Telegram, Kik, Surespot, Wickr, and others.
  • Audio media: Audio releases from jihadi and Islamist organizations, as well as radio broadcasts from the Arab world, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iran.
  • Printed media: From all Arab countries, as well as Arabic-language dailies and magazines based in the U.K. and other Western countries; also from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Turkey.

Following the JTTM's emergence as a database of vital research in the international battle against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other terror groups, the thousands of pages of translations and hundreds of hours of translated videos in its archives have been organized into the following sections:

  • Analysis
  • Latest Reports
  • Subjects:
    • Alerts, Planning, and Training: Possible threats, plans for attacks, and more.
    • Global Jihad News: General news and information from the various jihadi fronts.
    • Jihad and Jihadis in the West: Calls, proposals and plans for attacks in the West emanating from the Middle East, prominent jihadis and groups in the West, groups' outreach and recruitment efforts in the West, and more.
    • Counter-Radicalization Initiative: Government, organizational, and individual efforts and proposals to fight radicalization and extremism in their countries.
    • Foreign Fighters: Individuals who have joined jihadi groups and migrated to the jihad arenas, from the West and all over the world – their experiences, the services provided to them by the jihadi groups they have joined, including schools and training for their children, and more.
    • In-Depth Threat Analysis: Analysis focusing on specific individuals, groups, individuals, and regions.
    • Jihadi Texts: Speeches, essays, position papers, and other writings by jihadis and jihadi organizations.
    • South Asia Jihad: Focus on jihad news from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and neighboring regions.

The JTTM focuses on the following topics:

  • Countries and regions where jihadi and violent extremist activity is taking place, and where jihadis are training to carry out operations in the West.
  • Jihad and jihadis in the West, jihadi outreach to and recruitment of Westerners, jihadi media productions, jihadi texts, emerging jihadi arenas, and more.
  • Cyber jihad, including jihadi forums and other jihadi venues offering training in hacking, encryption, and other forms of cyber warfare.
  • Training, including online manuals for preparing explosives and weapons training, and tips for would-be suicide attackers.
  • Jihad groups – established groups such as ISIS and its affiliates, Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, the Taliban, and others, and emerging branches of these and other groups across the Middle East and South Asia.
  • Jihadi leaders and other key individuals, including Islamic State caliph Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor: prominent Salafi-jihadi sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, and others as they emerge.
  • Jihadi groups' publications, online and in print, in English and other Western languages and in Arabic, Urdu, Pashtu, and other languages of the region, and their expansion of outreach on the ground in the region.
  • In-depth analysis of topical and timely issues, such as life in ISIS-controlled territories, jihadis' expanding use of encryption technology, the changing dynamics in the global jihad movement, growing radicalization in India, and much more.
  • MEMRI TV clips, including videos from jihadi social media, websites, and other online sources, broadcast and satellite television, and more.

Subscription Information: MEMRI offers tiered JTTM subscription plans with varying rates for government, the military, intelligence agencies, and academia. For more information on subscription rates and policies, please write to jttmsubs@memri.org.

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