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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On July 27, 2018, a jihadi Telegram channel posted a video of a sermon by Syria-based Egyptian jihadi sheikh Abu Al-Yaqthan Al-Masri, in which he said that there are thousands of foreign fighters in Idlib, among them Europeans and Americans, as well as young girls who have expressed a desire to carry out martyrdom operations in Aleppo, Ghouta, and Hamah.
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On August 27, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a poster with a digitally-created image of Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey with a bullet hole in his bloodstained forehead and the caption: "If you delete our accounts we will delete your neck."
In an article in Issue 1 of Ghazwa-e-Hind ("Battle of India"), an Urdu-language magazine launched in August 2018 and published by Hizbul Ahrar, Omar Khalid Khorasani, emir of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTPJA), criticized various religious groups in Pakistan for taking part in the July 25, 2018 parliamentary and provincial elections in Pakistan.
On August 26, 2018, the Telegram channel of the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) published a statement on behalf of Jund Al-Islam (JI), an Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group in Sinai, in which JI announced the expulsion of one of its members, Ahmad Al-'Arjan.
On August 27, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Hayat Media Center released a new nasheed (a work of religiously-themed vocal music always sung acappella) in French titled Let's Remain Patient. The song was distributed on official ISIS Telegram channels. Nasheeds play an important role in boosting fighters' morale and as a means of communication.
On August 25, 2018, a jihadi Telegram channel shared an image of a burqa-clad female Islamic superhero posted by another Telegram channel, along with some posts commenting on a comparison someone had made between female Muslim fighters and Hollywood superheroes, as well as a post about pregnant women. The channel seems to be associated with the Kashmir issue.
On August 25, 2018, a Telegram user wrote a post on a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) chat group encouraging lone wolf attackers in Western countries to give high priority to arson.
On August 23, 2018, a pro-ISIS media outlet released two new threatening digitally-created posters on Telegram singling out U.S. soldiers as a target.
On August 28, 2018, A'maq, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS), reported that three soldiers had been killed in an IED attack in the village of Calawag in the Sultan Kudarat region of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.
On August 29, 2018, A'maq, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS), reported that U.S. soldiers had been injured in an IED attack that targeted their vehicle on the road connecting Al-Hasakah to Tel Tamr in northeast Syria.
On August 28, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster depicting Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani as a marionette being held over a fire by U.S. President Donald Trump.
A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet recently distributed two new digitally created posters on Telegram that call for and also threaten future attacks in the West. These new images use what has become the standard format for such jihadi productions: a background image featuring an apocalyptic view of a location in the West.
On August 27, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a digitally created poster of the Temple Mount depicting an ISIS flag flying from the Dome of the Rock and an Israeli flags in flames.
As reports continue to circulate about an anticipated attack by Syrian regime forces on the last rebel bastion in Idlib, on August 27, 2018, Ebaa', the official Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) news agency, released a video about the organization's "Red Headband" force.
On August 29, 2018, a Telegram channel published a Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) poster that recruited men with medical backgrounds to "perform their jihadi duty."
"SadaqaCoins" ["sadaqa" is the Arabic word for charity] is a new cryptocurrency crowdfunding platform on the so-called "dark web," allegedly created to raise funds to support the jihad in Syria.
Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR) – On Facebook, Man From Winnipeg, Canada Posts Jihadi Content From Anwar Al-'Awlaki, Ahmad Musa Jibril After Previous Account Was Deactivated; Uses VPN To Conceal Location
Additional Information: He opened his Facebook account on March 5, 2018, after Facebook closed his previous account.
On August 29, 2018, German-speaking jihadi fighters in Syria, who are most likely members of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), published a short combat video called Insights in Sham on their Telegram channel.
On August 27, 2018, a jihadi telegram channel published a short video showing a military convoy belonging to the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). The channel did not provide details regarding the video, which was titled "large military reinforcement for the mujahideen of the Turkestan Islamic Party."
On August 27, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet claimed it had hacked several "unbelievers'" websites, including that of the Maya-Maya International Airport in Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo.
On August 28, 2018, a German jihadi Telegram channel posted an appeal for donations to help an operative purchase "equipment" to fight the "enemies of Allah."
The following information is based on a general overview of a Facebook page demonstrating terror-related activity / sympathies
On August 24, 2018, the Telegram channel of prominent Salafi-jihadi ideologue Abu Qatada Al-Filistini announced Al-Filistini's new audio-visual archive hosted entirely on the San-Francisco-based Internet Archive (archive.org). The archive includes over 3,000 links to Al-Filistini's content in high- and low-quality on Internet Archive.
On August 29, 2018, the official Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Ebaa News Agency released an infographic poster depicting the situation of the Muslims under Chinese rule in East Turkestan.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) recently released a video titled "Victorious Caravan 12 – Some Shining Stars." Though it pays tribute to suicide bombers who died recently in Afghanistan, the main purpose of the video is to show groups of suicide bombers that the Taliban have trained recently.
On August 17, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) released a statement confirming that a delegation of its leaders visited Indonesia from August 12 to August 15, 2018. According to a statement issued by Muhammad Sohail Shaheen, spokesman for the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate, the delegation that visited Indonesia was led by Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Afghan Taliban's Political Office based in Qatar.