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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In an ISIS recruitment video released by the Al-Furat Province, a fighter called Christian, who goes by the name of Abu 'Issa Al-Almani, describes his conversion to Islam and calls on Muslims in the West who cannot immigrate to the Islamic State to carry out attacks in their home countries. In the video, titled "From Darkness to Light," Al-Almani, speaking in German, says that "your brothers in Germany, France, Brussels, and Orlando" have proven their belief in Allah through their actions and calls "to follow in their footsteps and support your religion." The translation is from the Arabic subtitles.
Issue 46 of the Islamic State's (ISIS) Arabic-language magazine Al-Naba' (published September 6, 2016) features the story of a German woman who joined the organization in Syria after spending several years in Afghanistan. It tells of her dangerous journeys and praises her courageous sacrifices, urging all Muslims to emulate her.
On September 4, 2016 the Nasher Media Foundation, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group, posted a message warning ISIS supporters in Europe to take precautions in light of the recent arrests of "lone wolf" operatives in France. It urged them to carry out attacks as soon as possible, presumably before they are arrested as well. The message was released in Arabic, English and French and circulated via Telegram.
A former nude model from Bradford, England named is part of a large and vocal pro-ISIS clique on Facebook, where she maintains two accounts. In a recent interview with the UK newspaper The Sunday Times, she acknowledged that she converses with a British ISIS fighter and recruiter.
On September 6, 2016, ISIS released the first issue of a new magazine titled Rumiyah (Rome). The magazine was published in 8 languages: English, French, German, Turkish, Russian, Pashtu, Indonesian, and Uyghur and its content was mostly taken from the group's official weekly newsletter Al-Naba', which is published in Arabic.
On September 3, 2016, the Khalid bin Al-Walid Army, an ISIS-affiliated group operating in the Yarmouk area in southwest Syria, posted a 12-minute video titled "The Descendants of Kahlid [bin Al-Walid]." The video, posted on Telegram, documents the group's military operations as well as its measures to enforce shari'a law in the area under its control, including public executions. The last part of the video features an address by a member of the group who mocks the "cowardice" of America and the West that send their "mercenaries" to fight on their behalf. He promises that the group will continue to be a thorn in their side and urges the Muslims in the area to support it.
On September 6, 2016, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Khayr province, Syria released a video featuring children whom the group says it will train to become "the arsenal and the elite [soldiers] of the caliphate's army and the generation which will conquer Damascus, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Makkah, Medina, Dabiq, Rome, and Spain."
On September 5, 2016, ISIS's Al-Hayat Media Center released the first issue of a new magazine titled Rumiyah (Rome). The magazine was published simultaneously in eight languages: English, French, German, Turkish, Russian, Pashtu, Uyghur and Indonesian. The basic format in all languages is the same, and most of the content is similar, though there are some discrepancies between versions in different languages.
Islamic State (ISIS) members and supporters are quite tech-savvy and use a variety of social media platforms and encrypted applications to communicate with each other and to disseminate their content to a larger audience. ISIS supporters from around the world have been using the Austin, Texas-based Zello, which describes itself as a walkie-talkie application. Zello is a push-to-talk application that can be used on smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Users can create private or public channels that allow them to easily chat or listen in to conversations. The app also offers options for live private or public conversations.
On September 2, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) news agency A'maq claimed responsibility for a shooting attack of two policemen in Copenhagen, Denmark. In a breaking news statement posted on its Telegram channel, A'maq identified the shooter, who was injured in the attack and later died in the hospital, as a "soldier of the Islamic State," stating that he "carried out the operation in response to the calls to target the coalition countries."
On September 2, 2016, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) in Syria released a new music video of a nasheed (Islamic song) on its official media channel on Telegram "Voice of Islam." The nasheed calls on the Uyghur people to rise and take up arms against the oppression of the Chinese government. The video, titled "Rise Up, O Turkestan", is 4:30 long and is in the Uyghur language with English and Arabic subtitles.