Pro-Al-Qaeda 'Wolves Of Manhattan' Magazine Offers Bitcoin To Anyone Killing Police Officers In Western Countries, Recommends Lone Wolves Infiltrate Protests In U.S., Europe

print
April 15, 2021

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. 

On April 14, 2021, the pro-Al-Qaeda Jaysh Al-Malahim Al-Electroni released the second issue of its magazine Wolves of Manhattan, which included several articles inciting its supporters who live in Western countries to exploit civil unrest to carry out lone wolf attacks.[1]

The opening article, titled "The Lone Wolf And The Protests," tells supporters to carry out terrorist acts under the cover of protests that are taking place in some Western countries. It identifies the U.S. and France as being among the top countries that currently suffer from civil unrest, along with Italy, Germany, and Britain.

The article provides tips on which kinds of protests are easier and more effective to infiltrate, saying that a lone wolf should choose a "massive chaotic protest" that take places daily and lasts for a long time, like post-election protests in the U.S. or protests by France's yellow vests.

The article also recommends that lone wolves choose a protest taking place at night so that it will be easier for them to escape or hide their identity.

Discussing how lone wolves can exploit protests, the article suggests that they disguise themselves as protesters and pretend to have similar views in order to infiltrate the protesters and steer them to violent actions, such as car ramming.

The article warns the lone wolf against stabbing protesters, since this could alert others to his motive and make it easier for them to capture or beat him. Instead, it recommends that the lone wolf hire a "militiaman," or "mercenary" to do the car ramming.

"This way, you will kill a large number of Crusaders because they are all gathered. Besides, this act will have other implications, as you can incite the protesters against the police, whom you will claim to be the ones who sent this man to ram them. You will be able to enrage the protesters to steer them to fight with the police," said the article.

It also encourages lone wolves to take advantage of the civil unrest in some countries to attack police officers. Elaborating on this, the article argues that this is easy, as the lone wolf can exploit the angry protesters, whom it describes as "Crusaders," and steer them towards attacking the police.

In addition, the article asks the lone wolf to take advantage of the protests to destroy and vandalize private property if he cannot gain access to public property. "If you cannot reach public property, target private property, vandalize cars, shops, and stands. Remember that all of the Crusaders are jointly with their government in war against Islam," it said.

It also highlights another advantage in this kind of protest, saying that lone wolves can bring knives and Molotov cocktail without raising suspicions. Additionally, laws concerning rioters are not harsh and often do not impose penalties on violent protesters such as those imposed on lone wolves, said the article. "Everyone [during a protest] is violating the law so if you got arrested – Allah forbid – your sentence will be different from that of a lone wolf."

The article further explains that "timing" is the most important factor when it comes to attacking the police. It adds that lone wolves should wait for an opportunity to present itself, such as when there is a fight between a protester and a police officer, and states that it is better in such cases to use Molotov cocktails than knives. "Particularly when the police officer is the one who started the fight. In such a case, it is the right opportunity for you to kill him and become a hero in the eyes of the protesters and even to encourage them to commit acts similar to yours," said the article.

"So, Wolves of Manhattan everywhere, go to protests and demonstrations to carry out your operations. Invade for the sake of Allah. Remember that an apostate and his killer will never meet in Hell. These protests are an opportunity presented to you on a golden platter. They are easy to infiltrate with Allah's permission. Do not waste this precious chance and remember that you are avenging your people in Palestine, Burma, Kashmir, and everywhere," concluded the article.

It is worth noting that the first issue of the magazine, released in November 2020, had articles encouraging supporters in the West to exploit COVID-19 conditions, such as the use of facial masks, to hide their identity when carrying out attacks.

The magazine includes an announcement of a reward in Bitcoin worth $60.000 to the first person who kills a police officer in a Western country. The reward is available only to any Christian, Jew, or atheist, according to the announcement.

In order to claim it, the lone wolf must send a photo documenting the attack to Jaysh Al-Malahim Al-Electroni via its address, @nashirjaish, on the Gnews Al-Qaeda server on Rocket.Chat. The photo will not be published and is only needed to verify the attack. The group also pledged not to share any information about the attack or announce that the reward was received.

The announcement also noted that the Bitcoin is being paid by another party and not by the group.

The second issue of the magazine also included an article providing an overview of the cryptocurrency, its uses, and how to create an electronic wallet.

Another article highlighted the use of the Playfair Cipher, a manual symmetric encryption technique. The issue also contained excerpts from an archival speech by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Abu Yahya Al-Libi who was a high-ranking Al-Qaeda official before he was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan back in 2012. 

 


[1] Telegram, WAREETH_KASAM_BOT, April 14, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

The Cyber & Jihad Lab

The Cyber & Jihad Lab monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad originating from the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and North and West Africa. It innovates and experiments with possible solutions for stopping cyber jihad, advancing legislation and initiatives federally – including with Capitol Hill and attorneys-general – and on the state level, to draft and enforce measures that will serve as precedents for further action. It works with leaders in business, law enforcement, academia, and families of terror victims to craft and support efforts and solutions to combat cyber jihad, and recruits, and works with technology industry leaders to craft and support efforts and solutions.

Read More