November 18, 2016 JTTM Weekly No. 243

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

November 18, 2016
JTTM Weekly No. 243

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: In Telegram Secret Chat ISIS Supporters Plan Attacks In U.S., UK, Aim To Target U.S. Embassy In UK


On November 14, 2016, ISIS supporters in a secret Telegram chat, a supporter drew up a plot to target U.S. and British nationals. The suggested target, they discussed was the U.S. Embassy in London.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Writer Urges Muslims To Wage Jihad Against Their Governments, Says ISIS's 'Fearless Generation' Will Annihilate U.S.


On November 14, 2016, Ashhad, a pro-ISIS media company, published an article urging Muslims to wage jihad against their governments and threatening that a "fearless generation" that ISIS has cultivated, educated, and nourished will annihilate the U.S. 


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Emir Of War Command Threatens More Martyrdom Attacks, Vows To Target Sunni Militias After End Of Mosul Battles


On November 17, 2016, the weekly Islamic State (ISIS) newspaper Al-Naba' published an interview with ISIS's Emir of War Command, in which he vows to target Sunni militias taking part in the operations to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul. 


EXCLUSIVE: New ISIS Song In French Longs For Death To Join The Ones 'Never Deflowered By Man Nor Djinn'


On November 16, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Hayat Media Center distributed a new nasheed [Islamic song] in French, titled "The Eternals". The title is a reference to the hur al-'ayn [black-eyed virgins] that are promised to the Muslim martyrs according to certain hadiths.


Issue 3 Of Islamic State Magazine 'Rumiyah' Eulogizes British Fighter


The third issue of the Islamic State (ISIS) magazine Rumiyah, released November 11, 2016, featured a tribute to a slain British fighter named Abu 'Abdillah Al-Britani. The article, titled "Among The Believers Are Men: Abu 'Abdillah Al-Britani," discusses the fighter's background in the UK and his experiences in Syria.


ISIS Video Documents Group's Military Response To Campaign To Retake Mosul, Promises Resilience And Victory


On November 14, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video documenting parts of its military response to the ongoing military campaign by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the city of Mosul.


Issue 3 Of Islamic State Magazine 'Rumiyah' Instructs Lone Wolves On Use Of Trucks To Target Outdoor Conventions, Markets, Parades, And Political Rallies


On November 11, 2016, Al-Hayat, one of the media centers of the Islamic State (ISIS), released the third issue of its monthly magazine Rumiyah featuring an article calling on lone wolves in the U.S. and Europe to use trucks to target large outdoor conventions, crowded streets, outdoor markets, festivals, parades, and political rallies. The article also emphasized the importance of using trucks in terrorist attacks, and provided suggestions on "ideal vehicles" to use and tactical tips for the preparation and planning of attacks.


Warning - Graphic: ISIS Executes Man For Homosexuality In Al-Jazeera Province

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On November 10, 2016, the Al-Jazeera province of the Islamic State (ISIS) released a photo report titled "Establishing the Hudud and Enforcing Allah the Almighty's Shari'a." The photos document some of the group's shari'a enforcement activities in the province, including, inter alia, the execution of a man convicted of homosexuality and the cutting off of a thief's hand. The executions are carried out in public with children in the crowds.  


ISIS Al-Furat Province Video Features Turkestani Fighter Threatening ISIS's Enemies


On November 16, 2016, the Al-Furat province of the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video documenting some of the group's ongoing battles against Iraqi forces near Al-Rutba in Al-Anbar province, Iraq.


Report: Captured ISIS Media Operative Says Group Has Reporters Embedded In Iraqi Security Forces


On November 14,2016, the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat, reported that Abu Saleh, a captured ISIS media operative who had been a member of the group's A'maq News Agency in Iraq, stated that ISIS has reporters embedded in Iraqi security forces and that the group's media operatives are paid less than $400 a month.


Pro-ISIS Preacher Abdullah Al-Faisal Comments On Trump Victory, American Politics: 'The First Gay President Was A Black President'


On November 12, 2016 pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Jamaican preacher Abdullah Al-Faisal delivered a nearly two-hour lecture commenting on the 2016 U.S. presidential election results.


Jabhat Fath Al-Sham: U.S. Seeks To Preserve Assad Regime, Transfer Region To Iranian Control, And Turn Syrian Sunnis Into A Minority Group


On November 13, 2016, the Orient News website posted an interview with Husam Al-Shafe'i, spokesman for Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (JFS, formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra), in response to President Obama's order to target group officials in Syria and the U.S. Treasury Department's decision to sanction three of its members.


Jaysh Al-Fath Affiliate Releases Video Featuring Women's Appeal To Religious Scholars To Come To Syria To Teach People About Islam


On November 15, 2016, Al-Muhajirun, a group of foreign fighters affiliated with Jaysh Al-Fath in Syria, released a 12-minute video titled "Messages from Shaam [Syria] From Our Sisters To Our Scholars." 


AQAP Threatens To Retaliate For Muslims Killed In Drone Strikes By U.S., UAE; Documents Suicide Operations In Yemen


On November 9, 2016, Al-Malahem, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a video documenting several attacks the group had carried out against Yemeni forces affiliated with the UAE, which the group says is an agent for the U.S. and killed hundreds in airstrikes.


Issue 16 Of Al-Qaeda's 'Inspire' Magazine Analyses Terror Attacks To Draw Helpful Conclusions For Lone Attackers


Issue 16 of Inspire, the English-language magazine of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), features operational advice for "lone wolf" attackers, including the fourth installment of the "Inspire Guide" article series and an infographic on bombs made from pressure cookers.


Issue XVI Of AQAP's 'Inspire' Magazine Focuses On Inciting Attacks In U.S.


On November 12, 2016, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released Issue XVI of its English-language magazine Inspire. This issue focuses on the U.S., hailing the September 2016 attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, encouraging more attacks, offering operational advice and religious guidance to potential attackers, and inciting Muslims and African Americans to rise up against their government. The issue was distributed via AQAP's channels on Telegram and via a Twitter account, which has since been suspended.


Article In AQAP Weekly Acknowledges Wide Use Of Snapchat Among Fighters In Syria, Warns Of Security Concerns


Issue 28 of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) weekly newspaper Al-Masra featured a small item discussing the use of Snapchat among the mujahideen in Syria.


Firqat Al-Ghuraba, French Jihadi Group In Syria, Announces Fighter's Death

On November 14, 2016, the Firqat Al-Ghuraba ("Foreigners Division") group, comprising French jihadi fighters in Syria, posted a communique on Twitter announcing the death of one of its members on October 28, 2016 in the battle of Aleppo.


Mali-Based Jihadi Group Ansar Dine Vows To Continue Fighting 'Crusaders,' Calls On MINUSMA To Withdraw Forces


On November 11, 2016, Al-Masra, the weekly newspaper of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), published an exclusive interview with an official in the Mali-based jihadi group Ansar Dine. 


Ansar Dine Video Documents February 2016 Suicide Attack Against MINUSMA Base In Mali


On November 14, 2016, the Mali-based jihad group Ansar Dine released a video documenting the February 12, 2016 suicide attack against a base of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal, in the north of the country.


Video From Philippines Jihadi Group Abu Sayyaf Features German Hostage, Announces Ransom For His Release


On November 17, 2016, a video was circulated on pro-ISIS accounts on Facebook featuring a German hostage who was recently kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf jihadi group in the Philippines. 


Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan (Taliban) Claims Attack On Bagram Air Base


On November 12, 2016, the Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan (IEA), aka the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack earlier that day on the U.S.-held Bagram air base in Afghanistan. According to security sources, at least four Americans were killed in the attack, which targeted a group of soldiers inside the base. The attack is part of a significant wave of Taliban insurgency in the last few months.

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