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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A 17-minute video released September 24, 2017 by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya's Al-Barqa (Cyrenaica) Province documents the organization's activities in the desert regions of eastern Libya, focusing on raids and suicide attacks on checkpoints and other military facilities of the Eastern Libya government forces. The video, titled "But They Never Lost Assurance Due to What Afflicted Them" (Quran 3:146), was distributed by the ISIS-affiliated media outlet Nasher News.
On September 28, 2017, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel circulated three videos featuring locations in Australia as potential targets for terror attacks. The first video shows the Flinders St. train station in Melbourne, captioned "Security Detail Flinders St. Train station" and nearly three minutes long. The second video's caption reads: "Security detail Sydney Town Hall Subway."
Issue 98 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba, published on September 22, 2017, includes an article titled "How Do We Fight under the Watchful Eye of the Crusader Planes? – Part II: Camouflage." It is a follow-up to the first article in this series, which dealt with the need to reassess ISIS's combat methods in order to meet the challenge posed by enemy air capabilities.
ARSA Commander Abdus Shakoor (Dhaka Tribune).
An Egyptian Islamic State (ISIS) fighter recently disclosed on his Facebook account that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi sent his men in Raqqah a letter in which he urged them to fight to the death.
On September 26, 2017, a British man called Mikel Islam posted a Facebook Live video in which he updated his friends about his recent appearance in court. He gleefully delivered the news that his court case had been "dashed out" and that the charges against him had been dropped. He posts graphics featuring quotes by many extremist figures and clerics, a number of whom are pro-Islamic State (ISIS). On his Facebook and Instagram accounts, Islam has shared graphics of Anjem Choudary, Ahmad Musa Jibril, Anwar Al-'Awlaki, Junaid Thorne, and Suleiman Anwar.
An Egyptian Islamic State (ISIS) operative uses Facebook and other social networks to recruit for ISIS and provide religious and practical guidance to would-be terrorists.
In December 2016, MEMRI published a report reviewing rhetoric about the Rohingya Muslims put forth by the Islamic State (ISIS) and its supporters. The jihadi focus on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar peaked in late 2016, when clashes between Rohingya militants and Myanmar government forces followed an October 9 terror attack on a police station that was thought to have been carried out by Rohingya militants. Recent waves of violence in Myanmar have again begun dominating the social media accounts of many ISIS supporters. Last year's outcry on social media was milder than the recent threats directed at Buddhists in Myanmar. In late 2016, extremists sympathetic to the Rohingya often posted links to charity sites collecting funds for those afflicted, or chided the governance of Myanmar leader. Aung San Suu Kyi. Videos showing particularly graphic abuse of Rohingya also went viral online. The current discourse regarding this humanitarian situation is markedly more violent. Users on Facebook, for example, have suggested various ways of executing Myanmar Buddhists in retaliation for the violence. Contrasting the current rhetoric with past commentary presents a fuller perspective of how this narrative has developed.
On September 22, 2017, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Barakah province released a video titled "And We Have Set A Time For Their Destruction" featuring an English-speaking fighter rejoicing over the destruction caused by the hurricanes that struck different parts of the U.S.
On September 27, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Khurasan Province released a statement claiming it had timed a deep strike operation targeting Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan to coincide with the visit to Afghanistan of U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Issue 98 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba', which was released on September 22, 2017, claimed that the group was behind the security scare several days earlier at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, when passengers onboard a British Airways flight were deplaned amid security concerns.
On September 25, 2017, the Hisba Office (religious police) of the Khaled Bin Al-Walid Army, a Syria-based group affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), released a pictorial report showing many musical instruments and dozens of satellite receivers being destroyed and set on fire in the town of Nafa'a in the suburbs of Daraa, Syria.
On September 26, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai province released a series of photographs documenting the work of its security apparatus.
On September 25, 2017, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) North Baghdad Province released a video documenting the execution of dozens of Sunni men accused of spying for the Iraqi government or of being members of the Sunni militias fighting against ISIS. In the video, titled "Apostates' Hellfire Part Two," which was posted on multiple pro-ISIS Twitter accounts and Telegram channels, ISIS urged Sunnis to join its ranks and threatened to kill those who are fighting against it.
On September 26, 2017, Al-Qaeda's media company Al-Sahab released its Issue 17 bulletin titled "Shaykh Mehdi Akif in Allah's Protection," calling for Al-Qaeda to unite ranks with the Muslim Brotherhood and bridge the gap between their viewpoints, while upholding the principles of jihad, rejecting peaceful solutions, and abandoning the attempt to establish Islamic rule through democratic elections.
On September 21, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Furat province released a photo of an Uyghur fighter who had been killed in Iraq.
On September 23, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Khair province issued a communiqué in which it claimed an attack on Syrian forces near Huweija Sakr, during which an Uighur member.
On September 25, 2017, Turkestan Islamic Party released a new nashid (piece of vocal music) with the title "Wishing to be a Martyr". The nashid (which is 5:41 minutes long) is in Uighur with subtitles in Arabic and English. It includes images of Uighur fighters and uniformed children with rifles. The nashid was released on the party's Voice of Islam Telegram channel.
On September 28, 2017, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video in Uyghur titled "The Joy of Eid in the Land of Glory 2." The video is 20:40 minutes in duration.
Given below are images of some advertisements run by Al-Rehmat Trust, a Pakistan-based non-governmental organization that operates publicly in Pakistan. Al-Rehmat Trust is associated with the Pakistani jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad founded by terror mastermind Maulana Masood Azhar.
On September 20, 2017, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban's shadow government) released a statement marking the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It is not clear why the Islamic Emirate failed to issue this annual statement on its website until nine days after the anniversary. Following is the text of the statement in the original English, lightly edited for standardization and clarity.
The Roznama Urdu Times, a leading Urdu-language newspaper published in Mumbai, India announced in a note on its front page that it would serialize "Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki," an Urdu-language historical novel on the role of Saladdin Yusuf ibn Ayub, the sultan who conquered Jerusalem at the Battle of Hattin in 1187.
The Pakistan-based jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has declared that the jihad it wages is not limited to Kashmir and Afghanistan, according to the Urdu-language weekly Haftroza Al-Qalam.
A jihadi weekly published in Pakistan has called upon jihadi fighters to take action against the government of Myanmar to save the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
On September 27, 2017, the public Telegram channel of the top Al-Qaeda forum Al-Fida issued an appeal for people to re-energize the forum by reposting content on it. It added that the forum's main role today is to share content that for the most part is already found on Twitter, Telegram, and Facebook.
On September 22, 2017, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ashhad Media organization posted on one of its Telegram groups a call for Facebook hackers as part of the group's operations on social media.
On September 25, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Nasher News Telegram channel posted a link to the new account of the ISIS news agency A'maq on the Riot.im platform.
The pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ashhad Media organization recently opened a Telegram group through which ISIS supporters can organize "raids" against Facebook pages belonging to ISIS's opponents.
On September 25, 2017, a link to a new pro-Islamic State (ISIS) WhatsApp group was posted to the known pro-ISIS Telegram group.