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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Instagram, one of the most popular social media platforms, has been used for several years by Islamic State (ISIS) supporters and operatives for sharing and disseminating content.
On May 31, 2018, a French-language Telegram channel, likely operated by Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadi fighters currently in Syria, published a long message.
On May 29, 2018, Belgian national Benjamin Herman killed two policewomen and one passerby, before being killed in a shootout with local police in the city of Liège, Belgium. While the exact circumstances and the motivation for the shooting remain unknown at this time, the attack is being investigated as terror-related.
On May 27, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement saying that its fighters killed an Afghan man who made a medal of bravery for U.S. President Donald Trump.
On May 30, 2018, supporters of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) distributed photos of the group's leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, visiting his men in Al-Badiyah [the Syrian desert].
On May 24, 2018, an Indian website published a report giving details about Faiyaz Kagzi, an Indian Muslim who carried out a suicide attack outside the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on July 4, 2016, in which four Saudi policemen died.
On May 21, 2018, a long period of bitter fighting between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Syrian regime forces came to an end when the two sides reached an agreement.
On May 31, 2018, a French-language Telegram channel, likely operated by Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadi fighters currently in Syria published a long message.
On May 30, 2018, A'maq, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS), reported that the gunman who, on May 29, killed two police officers and a bystander in the city of Liege, Belgium, was "a soldier of the Islamic State."
Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) released an Urdu-language biographical sketch paying tribute to its slain shura (executive advisory council) member Khurram Saeed Kayani (see above).
On May 25, 2018, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released a video of an interview conducted with Al-Qaeda official Husam 'Abd Al-Ra'ouf in 2012 in which he condemned the U.S. and former President Barrack Obama and stressed the importance of jihad in restoring "the dignity of the ummah."
On May 28, 2018, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a short video titled "Their Path We Follow," highlighting its activity in Yemen's Hadhramaut Governorate.
In a recent post on the Al-Qaeda-affiliated forum Al-Fidaa, a member shared a link to a Justepaste.it page containing two English infographics with instructions for making homemade explosives.
On May 29, 2018, multiple media sources reported that Jordanian national and ISIS official Sa'd Al-Hunaiti had left the Islamic State (ISIS), which he accused of favoring Iraqis for its senior positions.
On May 29, 2018, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram users distributed messages urging potential lone attackers to target the Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht, Netherlands.
On May 27, 2018, the ISIS-affiliated group Jaysh Khalid Bin Al-Walid (JKBW), which is active in the Yarmouk Basin in southern Syria, released a series of photos showing the execution of a man convicted of apostasy, Abu Iyad Al-Tayr, in the village of Al-Shajarah.
On May 23, 2018, the pro-ISIS media group Al-Muhajireen Foundation published a profile of a slain French fighter.
The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating terror-related activity / sympathies.
Type of Account: ISIS supporter in Sri Lanka, writing in English
On May 31, 2018 a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media foundation distributed on Telegram a poster showing St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican burning and an armed soldier in the forefront.
Issue 133 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba', released online on May 25, 2018, featured an infographic that praised ISIS's recent attacks in East Asia, namely in Indonesia and in the Philippines.
In recent weeks, a new method for distributing Islamic State (ISIS) news agency communiques on Facebook has been observed.
On May 24, 2018, an announcement was circulated on Telegram stating that the pro-ISIS hacker group "United Cyber Caliphate" (UCC) was resuming its activities after a period of absence.
On May 24, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram group circulated a statement that claimed to be by pro-ISIS hacking entity United Cyber Caliphate (UCC).
On May 21, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) tech group released on its Telegram channel two posters explaining how to connect to Telegram via Tor (The Onion Router).
According to an Indian daily, a Pakistani militant arrested by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that Pakistani jihadi organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) runs seven terror training camps in Pakistan. LeT is also known by its charity name Jamaatud Dawa (JuD).
Addressing a six-day conference of women in Lahore district, radical Pakistani cleric Maulana Talha As-Saif said that the "cure for the backwardness of the Muslim ummah is jihad."
In the current month of Ramadan, Pakistani jihadi group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has been organizing "hundreds of invitational lectures and programmes every day" as part of its Tahreez Alal-Anfaq Fi Sabeelillah ("Movement Encouraging Financial Donations For The Sake Of Allah").
On May 27, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement saying that the U.S. strategies in Afghanistan have always met with failure and the U.S. should adopt a policy of dialogue instead. Following is the text of the statement: "The American occupation of Afghanistan is about to complete its 17th year. Over this period, America has had three different governments and three different presidents with each announcing and adopting different strategies for success. Alongside experimenting with different strategies, [George] Bush, [Barack] Obama and [Donald] Trump have also rotated various generals to implement and win the longest war in American history.