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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The 24th issue of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) weekly Al-Masra featured a report about Ahmad Rahami, who was arrested on suspicion of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, stating that he was influenced by Al-Qaeda. The weekly quoted "news reports," "sources," and "observers" from U.S. media, who claimed Rahami was inspired by Al-Qaeda's leaders and the group's anti-U.S. rhetoric, and that he received operational guidance from AQAP's English-language magazine Inspire.
The following report profiles two men from California who appear to be ISIS sympathizers. One, a Los Angeles man, and a man from Fresno. Both men have expressed subtle support for ISIS on their Facebook pages.
On September 26, 2016, an ISIS fighter posted a photo of his late friend, a Briton, on his Instagram account. While his face was blurred in the photo, his beard and AK-47 are visible. he recounts notable events in his friend's life, mainly concerning his journey to the Islamic State. He notes that his late friend was part Tunisian, that his father had attempted to hide his passport to prevent his leaving, and that when he finally arrived in Turkey he was severely beaten by Turkish soldiers.
In an article recently published in a magazine associated with Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate), writer Abu Zubeir Al-Ghazi praised Hamas's tunnels in Gaza and called on jihadi groups in Syria to adopt the tactic.
On September 26, 2016, an ISIS media operative posted on his Telegram account six photos of Belgian nationals, apparently current or former soldiers, along with their names. The photos were taken from their public Facebook profiles. The attached message calls on "Belgian brothers" to kill these individuals. He frequently calls Muslims in France and Belgium to carry out targeted assassinations
French ISIS media operatives active on Telegram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus are continuing the process of facilitating and encouraging Muslims in France and Europe to carry out spontaneous terror operations. In addition to the constant call to jihad against the West, including by targeting women, children, and priests, the activists distributed lists of target lists and operational guidelines to facilitate terror activity.
On September 26, 2016, the official Islamic State (ISIS) official printing house Al-Himma Library released a second app aimed at teaching children Arabic letters and numerals. The app, released via ISIS's Telegram channels, included both Android and desktop versions.
On September 22, 2016, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Dijlah, Iraq, released a 26-minute video documenting the last will and testament and martyrdom operation carried out by Lotfi Aoumeur, aka Abu Nour Al-Baljiki, a Belgian citizen, and Jordanian fighter Abu Usama Al-Urduni.
On September 27, 2016, the Arabian Islamic Maghreb Group, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel, published an article criticizing Muslims for not taking part in the fight against the infidels and urging them to join ISIS or carry out operations where they live. The article, which the channel called "very important" and whose author was not named, also criticized online jihadis and ISIS supporters operating on social media for not making hijra or carrying out attacks, and only disseminating content and encouraging others to join ISIS.
On September 23, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video featuring the martyrdom will of the five perpetrators of the deadly July 2016 attack on the Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At least 22 people were killed in the attack, which ISIS claimed responsibility for and praised in a video released shortly thereafter. The 15-minute video is narrated in Bengali with Arabic subtitles.
On September 26, 2016, the pro-ISIS hacking group Cyber Kahilafah announced on its Telegram channel that it will soon publish instructions on how to modify a vehicle for remote operation using Wi-Fi. The group states that such remotely-operated vehicles could be used to spread poisons, gather intelligence, or detonated remotely.
On September 29, 2016, the Somalia-based jihad organization Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen released an 8-minute video showing a Kenyan prisoner pleading for his life and the lives of his comrades currently held by the organization. The video was released via the group's media wing, the Al-Kataib Foundation, on Twitter and Telegram.
On September 28, 2016, the jihadi organization Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (JFS, formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra), which operates in Syria, issued a communique stating that its members have rescued German journalist Janina Findeisen, who was kidnapped by a small rebel group in Syria in October 2015. The communique mentioned that despite being assured that no harm would come to her, Findeisen was still kidnapped and held captive, and therefore, and in accordance with Islamic law, JFS decided to rescue and release her.
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Following is the full text of a statement issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban shadow government) marking the 20th anniversary of the group's 1996 takeover of Kabul. The takeover marked the end of the 1992-1996 Battle of Kabul.
The statement was released in English on the group's website and Telegram channel:
"6th of Mizana 1375 (Hijri Solar) is considered a unique and memorable day in the history of Afghanistan. On this day a dark page in the history of Afghanistan was turned, the abominable period of anarchy of factionalism was ended and the white flag of a peaceful Islamic government was raised in the capital Kabul."