February 24, 2018 Special Announcements No. 597

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

February 24, 2018
Special Announcements No. 597

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: ISIS Video Presents Women Fighting On The Battlefront – With The Aim Of Motivating Men To Join The Weakened Organization

On February 7, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video showing, for the first time, women taking an active part in fighting on the battlefront. The video, Part Seven of ISIS Al-Hayat Media's "Inside The Caliphate" series, shows several women carrying rifles, fighting in trenches, and travelling in a vehicle with their male cohorts and advancing together with them.

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EXCLUSIVE: Imprisoned Mauritanian Jihadi Says It Is 'Delightful' To Be Added To U.S. Terrorist List, Denies Involvement In Killing Of Four French Tourists

On February 22, 2018, a media group affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) published an article written by imprisoned Mauritanian jihadi Saleck Ould Cheikh Mohamedou aka Abu Qaswara Al-Shinqiti, who welcomed his designation as a terrorist by the U.S. Department of State and considered it an "honor."


EXCLUSIVE: With The Establishment Of The 'Front For The Liberation Of Syria': Are Rebel Factions In Northern Syria Headed For A Clash?

On February 18, 2018, the two armed rebel factions in northern Syria, Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement and Nour Al-Din Al-Zenki, announced their merger under a new umbrella organization, Jabhat Tahrir Suriyya, or the Front for the Liberation of Syria. Both these factions were once part of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), also known as the Organization for the Liberation of Al-Sham, but following numerous disputes split off from it. In recent months, there has been great tension between the sides, i.e. Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Zenki on the one hand and HTS on the other, which included clashes and heavy exchanges of fire.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporter, Likely From Florida, Reveals He Uses Three Phones, Many Email Addresses; After Twitter Suspension He Regained Access By Switching Internet Providers

An American Islamic State (ISIS) supporter on Facebook appears to reside in Florida.


EXCLUSIVE: Pakistani Cleric Mufti Khabibur Rehman Says In Friday Sermon: '[Practice] Allah's Qital In The Field Of Jihad So That The Strike Is Strong Against The Infidels'

Speaking in the town of Chichawatni in Pakistan's Punjab province, radical Islamic cleric Mufti Khabibur Rehman Qazi delivered a Friday sermon urging worshippers to discuss and recite Allah's name and learn qital ("armed fighting in the path of Allah"), or jihad.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): British Columbia Man Supports Islamic State On Facebook

Platform: Facebook

Additional Information: The Facebook profile lists a phone number with a North American country code.


EXCLUSIVE: On Facebook, Cleveland, Ohio Man Promotes Pro-Jihad Western Clerics, Including Anwar Al-Awlaki, And Is A Member Of A Pro-ISIS Clique


A Cleveland, Ohio man created a Facebook account on February 20, 2018.


Pro-ISIS Posters Distributed On Telegram: Threats To Mecca, Paris, And Capitol Hill

For jihadi groups, posters are an important way to spread ideology, recruit members, and communicate with supporters.


Al-Shabab Claims It Killed US Soldier

On February 20, 2018, Somali Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen's news agency Al-Shahadah reported that its men killed an American soldier in a firefight between them and a joint US-Somali-AMISOM force in the outskirts of the town of Bulogudud, some 30 KM north of the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia.


Video From Kurdish Jihadi Group Ansar Al-Islam Showcases Rocket Manufacturing Facility In Syria As Well As Operation, Role Of Artillery Units

On February 20, 2018, the Syrian branch of the Kurdish jihadi group Ansar Al-Islam released a video focusing on the group's artillery operations in Syria.


Editorial In ISIS Weekly Al-Naba' Justifies Church Attack In Dagestan, Threatens More Attacks Against Christians

An editorial in Issue 120 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba', which was released online on February 22, 2018, praised the recent terror attack against a church in Dagestan while calling upon the group's sympathizers to carry out further attacks against Christians.


ISIS Claims Terror Attack On Church In Dagestan Was Carried Out By A Soldier Of The Islamic State

On February 18, 2018 the Islamic State (ISIS) published a communique claiming responsibility for the terror attack that occurred earlier in the day against a church in the town of Kizlyar, in the Russian Federation's Republic of Dagestan.


Islamic State In Kashmir Urges Militants To Dissociate With Pakistan, Says: 'How Can We Take Allah's Enemy, Pakistani Rulers, Intelligence Agencies, Armies... As Allies?'

Al-Qaraar, the media branch of the Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in Kashmir, has posted a 6-page document titled "Why We Should Leave The Militant Groups In Kashmir," which argues against fighting for any "nationalist" cause, and advocates waging jihad for Allah's sake only.


ISIS Video Shows Drone Footage Of Multiple Martyrdom Operations Against PKK Forces

On February 22, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Barakah province released a video documenting multiple martyrdom operations that were carried out against PKK forces and filmed by drones.


ISIS Surrenders To Opposition Factions In Southern Rural Area Of Idlib

On February 13, 2018, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the "Defeat the Invaders Operations Room," which is part of the Free Syrian Army, announced that, following fierce battles in the vicinity of the town of Al-Khwein in the rural area of southern Idlib, they had succeeded in defeating ISIS and wiping out its presence in the region.


Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Urges Mujahideen In Syria To Unite And Demand Implementation Of Shari'a

On February 20, 2018, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released a video featuring the group's leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri calling on the mujahideen in Syria to unite their ranks and demand that shari'a be the sole law of the land.


GSIM Urges Malian Citizens To Boycott The Elections And Join The Jihad Against The French And The Malian Government

On February 16, 2008 the a media agency identified with the Group For The Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, released an approximately 13-minute-long video by the group's chief Qadi Abu 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sanhaji titled "About the Elections."


Photos On Twitter Show Afghan Taliban Training In Snow Conditions

A Twitter account associated with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has published the following photos from the Taliban's winter training.


Afghan Taliban Criticizes UN Report That Blames Taliban For 42 Percent Of Civilian Casualties In 2017

Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi, one of the key spokesmen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), has criticized the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for its report blaming the Islamic Emirate for 42 percent of civilian casualties in 2017.


ISIS Supporters Release A New Magazine In French: 'Médiaction'

On February 20, 2018, French-speaking Islamic State (ISIS) supporters released a new magazine called Médiaction.


Facebook Group For Converts To Islam Features Extremist Content, Promotes Jihadi Clerics Including Anwar Al-'Awlaki

A large Facebook page that has over 343,600 "likes" promotes jihadi and Islamist ideology.


Organization Launches Website, Promotes Use Of Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies To 'Sponsor' Mujahideen, Purchase Weapons In Syria

An organization which has been soliciting funds via cryptocurrency in recent months to support the jihad and mujahideen in Syria has recently opened a website.


Jihadi Group Jaish-e-Muhammad Organizes Six-Day Tour Of Lahore District

A six-day tour for radical Islamic clerics associated with the Pakistani jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) was held at various places in the Lahore district of Pakistan's Punjab province by the JeM's charity arm Al-Rehmat Trust.


In Bahawalpur Mosque, Jaish-e-Muhammad Organizes 15-Day Course On Jihad And Islam

At the Usman-o-Ali Mosque in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, a 15-day course called daura-e-asasiya ("groundwork tour") was organized by Al-Rehmat Trust, the charity arm of Pakistani jihadi group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

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