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May 6, 2016 No.
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Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to [email protected] with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Magazine Features Al-Qaeda Figures Urging Support For Group's Efforts Against China, Praising Its Role In Syria

 

On April 29, 2016, the Uyghur jihadi group Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda and is currently fighting alongside Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN), released the 19th issue of its magazine Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah [Islamic Turkestan]. The magazine, published by TIP's media company Sawt Al-Islam was distributed via the group's blog and Telegram channel.

 

EXCLUSIVE: American ISIS Media Operative And Husband Killed In Syria Airstrike

On April 30, 2016, news of the deaths of American ISIS members Umm Issa Al-Amrikiah and Abu Issa Al-Amriki was circulated by pro-ISIS accounts on various social media platforms such as Telegram, Facebook, and Twitter. According to one post on Telegram, the couple were killed in late April in an airstrike that hit their house. Umm Issa Al-Amrikiah was a popular online operative, whose Telegram channel, created January 15, 2016, has 1,283 members.  Al- Amrikiah occasionally shared photos from her experiences in Syria. In one post, she uploaded a photo of her purported suicide belt, and stated that she hoped she would be granted the opportunity to use it, to kill infidels.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Photo Of American ISIS Fighter In Libya Surfaces In Fellow Fighter's Facebook Post

 

A Western Islamic State (ISIS) fighter, who is currently fighting in Libya, shares his experiences of life in ISIS-controlled territory. On May 2, 2016, he posted a photo with a fellow ISIS fighter whom he described as an American. He also devoted dedicated a few posts to recruiting others to join the jihad in Libya.

 

EXCLUSIVE: British ISIS Widow Sally Jones Returns To Twitter

 

On May 3, 2016, Sally Jones, the widow of Islamic State (ISIS) hacker and fighter Junaid Hussain, made her return to Twitter, after a long social media hiatus, tweeting to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Twitter account. In the tweets, she hinted that there would be retribution from ISIS for the attacks on it.

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Weekly Sets Out Harsh Restrictions For Women Going Out To The Marketplace

 

An article in the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba spelled out the rules and restrictions for Muslim women going out to shop at the market. The article cites the Koranic verse: "And abide in your houses" (33:33). It states that if a Muslim woman complies with this commandment, she and all those around her will be blessed.

 

ISIS Nasheed In French Sung By Children Vowing To Take Revenge: 'Our Sabers Are Sharpened To Slice Necks'

 

On April 29, 2016, Al-Hayat Media Center, the official international media outlet of the Islamic State (ISIS), published a music video featuring a nasheed in French sung by children.

 

Article In 9th Issue Of ISIS French-Language Magazine 'Dar Al-Islam' Justifies ISIS Policy And Behavior On The Basis Of Early Islamic Tradition

 

On April 26, 2016, ISIS's Al-Hayat Media center released the ninth issue of the organization's French-language magazine Dar Al-Islam. The issue's main featured article, titled "The Islamic State On The Path Of The Companions," compares the behavior of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, mainly Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq and Khalid Ibn Al-Walid, to that of ISIS. The goal of the article is to show ISIS detractors -most notably Muslims who are critical of ISIS, including Quietist Salafi groups or Salafi-Jihadi organizations such as Al-Qaeda - that ISIS is indeed acting in conformity with Islamic tradition, and follows in the footsteps of the conquests and expansion of the first Muslims.

 

Leading Jihadi Forum Invites Women Members To Register To Receive Online Training

 

On April 22, 2016, the Shumoukh Al-Islam jihadi forum announced that female forum members could now register to receive online training. The training is meant to provide the women with basic knowledge on a variety of topics, and will also include some practical work "in support of Islam."  

 

Issue 9 of French-Language ISIS Magazine 'Dar Al-Islam' Offers Operational Advice For Information Security

 

On April 26, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) media company Al-Hayat released the ninth issue of the organization's French-language magazine Dar Al-Islam. The issue features a 15-page article with operational advice for information security, including practical guidelines to set up encrypted communications. 

 

In Kill List On Telegram, Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Posts Names Of 'Most Important Crusaders In Texas'

On May 3, 2016 the pro-ISIS hacking group Kalachnikv E-security team, an affiliate of the United Cyber Caliphate, shared a graphic on Telegram that reads: "List contain most important crusaders in Texas. Wanted to be killed. 

 

ISIS Acknowledges Abu-'Ali Al-Anbari's Death For First Time By Announcing Raid Named After Him

 

On April 30, 2016, the Islamic State's Al-Janoub Province announced that the recent attacks in Iraq on Shi'ite citizens, Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces were part of its newly launched "Abu-'Ali Al-Anbari Raid."

 

Jordan Indicts ISIS Operative For Smuggling ISIS Fighters To Europe

 
Jordan's State Security Court

Jordan's State Security prosecution has indicted a Jordanian ISIS operative for smuggling men, weapons and funds to and from ISIS in Libya.

According to the indictment, the operative, identified in the media only as M.Z., helped smuggle Algerian ISIS fighters by sea from Libya to Europe in order to carry out terrorist attacks there.

 

AQAP Says It Retreated From Mukalla In Yemen To Save People's Lives, Threatened UAE Over Its Role In Attacks

 

On April 30, 2016, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement saying that it had retreated from Mukalla, a city in Yemen that had been under its control since April 2015, in order to save people's lives. In the statement, titled "Statement to Our People in the Coast of Hadhramout Regarding the Recent Malicious Military Operation," the group accused the U.S. of using its proxies to tarnish its success in governing Mukalla, threatened the UAE for its role in the Saudi-led coalition attacks on it, and denied reports stating that it had lost hundreds of fighters.

 

Yemeni Fighters In Syria Party At Wedding Of Two Comrades, Urge Countrymen To Join Jihad

 

On April 29, 2016, Al-Muhajiroun, a group of foreign fighters in Syria, released a video showing its members celebrating at the wedding event of two of their Arab comrades and urging the Yemenis to come join them for jihad. In the video, which is titled "Time for This, Time for That" and was posted on the group's YouTube Channel, dozens of fighters, mostly Saudis and Yemenis, can be seen socializing, eating, dancing and singing jihadi songs - at least one of which attacked the Islamic State (ISIS) and called its spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani a "thug and devil."

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Part 18 In Video Series Commemorating Killed Fighters

On May 1, 2016, the Uyghur jihad organization Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video commemorating several of its fighters who died fighting in Syria.

 

Lebanese MP Warns About U.S. Plan For Region, Underlines 'Need To Resist It'

According to Alahednews.com, a website affiliated with is close to Hizbullah, Lebanese MP Hussein Musawi has issued a warning about the U.S.'s plan for the region and called on people to resist it.   

Musawi's remarks were delivered at an anniversary ceremony for fallen Hizbullah fighter 'Ali Jamal Noon, who was killed in March 2015 in Syria.