April 14, 2018 Special Announcements No. 608

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

April 14, 2018
Special Announcements No. 608

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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British ISIS 'Beatle' El Shafee Elsheikh In Interview From Captivity On Alaan TV: I Don't Denounce Slavery, Nothing Beats The West For Corruption

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El Shafee Elsheikh, a member of the British ISIS cell known as the "Beatles," which became notorious for its beheading videos of foreign hostages, gave an interview to journalist Jenan Moussa of Alaan TV from his cell. Elsheikh, who refused to answer questions regarding the charges against him, citing the "ongoing legal process," said that he did not agree with everything ISIS did. When pressed by Moussa as to what things he opposed, he responded: "Traffic tickets... such things that have no basis in the law of Allah." With regard to the enslavement of Yazidi women, Elsheikh said: "I don't denounce slavery... Just because America decided to abolish something... It does not mean that every person has to run behind America and say: This is now an abominable act." He further said that he decided to travel to Syria because of the oppression of Muslims worldwide. "Every environment has corruption, but nothing beats the West," he said. The Sudanese-born Elsheikh, who was raised in London, is being held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces since his capture in January in eastern Syria, along with another member of the ISIS cell.

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EXCLUSIVE: In Video Shared On Telegram, Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Spokesman Usama Mehmood Says Pakistan Army 'Stabbed A Sword In The Back Of Kashmir Jihad'

A jihadi Telegram channel has released a video interview of Ustad Usama Mehmood, spokesman of Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in which he discusses the role of the Pakistan Army with regard to the jihad in Kashmir.


EXCLUSIVE: On Facebook, ISIS Supporter In Houston Says American Friend With Weapons Wants To Carry Out Attack

A female Islamic State (ISIS) supporter whose profile says she lives in Houston, Texas has indicated her support for the Islamic State on her Facebook account.


EXCLUSIVE: Muslim Man Tries To Convert Residents Of NYC, NJ, Promotes Martyrdom And Posts Content Connected To Jihadi Groups On Instagram; Promotes Convert Conference At Rutgers University

An Instagram user has posted content on Instagram that indicates his support for jihad. He posts many photos of himself preaching at subway stations in New York City.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Group Publishes Article Urging Muslims In The West To Carry Out Attacks In Their Countries

On April 7, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a brief article in Arabic titled "Increasing Motivation to Attack the Nations."


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Group Urges Operatives To Maintain Security Awareness So As Not To Be Captured Like The ISIS British 'Beatles'

On April 5, 2018 and April 8, 2018, the "Al-Muhajireen Foundation," a group of Islamic State (ISIS) supporters active on Telegram, published two posters in Arabic and English under the title "Security Alert" warning ISIS foreign fighters in Syria that they are in danger of being turned over to Coalition forces and urging them to exercise caution.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Preacher In Syria Abu Ykthan Visits Graves Of Uyghur Fighters, Asks Allah To Accept Them As Martyrs And Allow Them To Choose Their Desired Black-Eyed Virgins

On April 11, 2018, Abo Ykthan, a jihadi preacher based in Syria, posted a video on his Telegram channel documenting his visit to a cemetery where Uyghur fighters, also known as Turkestan fighters, are buried.


ISIS Supporters Launch Campaign To Renew Allegiance To Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

On April 2, 2018, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters launched a campaign on Telegram calling for Muslims to renew their pledge of allegiance (bay'ah in Arabic) to the ISIS leader, "Caliph of the Muslims" Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.


ISIS Urges Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Fighters To Repent And Join Its Ranks

On April 11, 2018, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) province in Damascus, Syria, released a video urging the fighters of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) to repent from the "acts of unbelief" it accused them of committing and calling on them to join its ranks.


ISIS Branch In Afghanistan-Pakistan Releases Night-Vision Device Images Of Raid On Taliban

On April 2, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Wilayat Khurasan (Khurasan province) released a series of photographs depicting a nighttime operation in the Afghan Nangarhar province.


ISIS Releases Photos Of Sniper Training Near Al-Bukamal

On April 10, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Furat province, which operates in the area around Al-Bukamal in eastern Syria, released a series of photos documenting the training of snipers.


Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Releases Poster Threatening NYC

On April 11, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet published a poster on Telegram digitally edited to show man wearing a backpack at the High Street Brooklyn Bridge subway station, and behind him an explosive charge and the word "ISIS" scrawled on the wall.


On Telegram, Indonesian Pro-Islamic State Media Group Publishes Graphic Of Armed Militant Holding Pope Francis Hostage

On April 9, 2018, an Indonesian pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet published on Telegram a graphic showing an armed militant holding Pope Francis hostage. In the image, the Pope is sitting on a toilet.


ISIS Supporters Threaten Putin, Russia, And The 2018 World Cup

Between March 31, 2018 and April 7, 2018, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters on Telegram shared several new posters in English, Arabic, and Russian, threatening terror attacks on Russian soil, and specifically targeting the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia during the summer.


ISIS-Affiliated Nasher News Telegram Channels Promote Nasher News TamTam Channels

On April 7, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Nasher News outlets on Telegram posted links to the group's channels on the messenger app TamTam.


Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghrib (AQIM)-Affiliate In Tunisia Calls For Attacks Against France, French Interests

On April 7, 2018, Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghrib (AQIM) via its media wing Al-Andalus released a statement on behalf of its affiliate group in Tunisia, the 'Uqba Bin Nafi' Brigade, threatening France and French interests while blaming France for the theft of natural resources in the country.


Post On Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Telegram Channel Incites Against France

On April 12, 2018, a Telegram channel associated with jihadi groups, including Al-Qaeda, that operate in Mali, called "Azawad will Not Bow to Anyone besides Allah" published a post inciting against France and calling for its destruction.


English-Language Pro-Al-Qaeda Content Flourishes On Telegram

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Al-Qaeda's Telegram presence has been largely maintained by Arabic-language channels such as Al-Qaeda's media wing Al-Sahab, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), and channels belonging to Al-Qaeda's regional branches, such as Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).


Jaysh Khalid Bin Al-Walid Publishes Photos Of Children

On April 7, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) branch in southwestern Syria, Jaysh Khalid bin Al-Walid, published photographs depicting an activity conducted by its "education bureau" – a ceremony honoring children who memorized portions of the Quran.


Jihadi Media Group Publishes Photo Of Alleged U.S. Soldier In Somalia

On April 10, 2018, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) published a photo of what it claims is a U.S. soldier attending a meeting with government officials in Somalia.


UK-Based Website Hosts Lectures By Jihadi Clerics

A UK-based website hosts many lectures by jihadi clerics such as Michigan-based Ahmad Musa Jibril, Iraq-American Ali Al-Timimi, and late Yemeni-American sheikh and Al-Qaeda figure Anwar Al-'Awlaki.


Afghan Website: Islamic State Militants Launch Attack In Darzab District Of Jawzjan, Afghanistan

According to an Afghan news website, militants affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group launched a coordinated attack on security posts in the Darzab district of Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province.


Afghan Taliban Website Denies Claims About Killing Of Chinese Militants In Badakhshan Province

The Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has rejected the Afghan government's claim that two Chinese nationals were among the several militants killed by the Afghan security forces in Badakhshan province on March 30, 2018.


Former Taliban Ambassador To Pakistan: 'Taliban Would Not Accept The Demands Of Any Country Unless The Foreign Forces Quit Afghanistan'

Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, who was Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan when the Taliban were in power in Kabul during 1996-2001, says in an interview that Pakistan has "increased pressure" on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) to hold peace talks.


In Statement On Telegram, Afghan Taliban Accuse Foreign Troops Of Committing Atrocities Against Civilians Across Afghanistan

Given below is the text of an April 2 statement published on Telegram by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), accusing the American and Afghan security forces of committing atrocities against civilians across Afghanistan.


Afghan Taliban Promise Security To Journalists And NGOs That Probe Kunduz Killings

The official website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has published a statement dated April 4 in which it has urged international media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to investigate the killings of scores of huffaz (memorizers of the Koran) in an attack by the Afghan security forces in Kunduz province on April 2, 2018.


Lashkar-e-Taiba In Kashmir: 'Waves Of Similar Oppression That Roam Kashmir [Will] Reach Out To Mumbai And Calcutta'

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir has accused India of committing human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir state, warning that the reaction against such oppression will reach Mumbai and Kolkata.

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