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EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi 'Charity' Group On Telegram Fundraises For Mujahideen And Foreign Fighters In Syria – Including Australians, Swedes, Other Europeans – And For Purchasing Drones And Other Equipment, Via Telegram And WhatsApp And Using Bitcoin Address
A jihadi "charity organization" maintains a Telegram channel that it uses primarily for raising funds for the mujahideen in Syria.
Since the declaration of the Islamic State (ISIS) Caliphate, the group has chosen a select few media operatives to deliver the group's official messages in various languages through its central radio station Al-Bayan. One of these ISIS radio voices was that of French operative Adrien Guihal aka Abu Oussama aka Hamza, a French citizen from the Paris area born in 1983. Guihal was arrested in Syria in May 2018 by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and is currently in their custody in Syria. The SDF communique reporting his arrest stated: "Abu Osama is considered one of the most dangerous terrorists in ISIS ranks and had a role in launching the terrorist attacks" in France.
The Al-Muhajireen Foundation, a media group that supports the Islamic State (ISIS), published a eulogy for Abu Ishaq Al-Beljiki, a Belgian youth who died while fighting with the organization in Syria.
Somalia is an important hotspot in the ongoing rivalry between Al-Qaeda and its affiliate groups and the Islamic State (ISIS) and its branches.
The Al-Abd Al-Faqir (AF) Foundation, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet, caused a stir among the organization's supporters online following the September 2018, release of an animated video depicting the biography of Abu Muhammad Al-'Adnani, the slain ISIS spokesman.
Maulana Samiul Haq, the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) party in Pakistan, has offered to mediate peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, according to an Urdu daily. Haq is also the chairman of Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an alliance of radical religious and jihadi groups in Pakistan.
In the city of Bahawalpur, where Pakistani jihadi group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) is headquartered, JeM charity arm Al-Rehmat Trust held a conference on jihad.
On October 11, 2018, Al-Qaeda media wing Al-Sahab released a seven-minute video of the group's leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in which he criticizes the various Islamic political parties for failing to advocate for the implementation of shari'a and for succumbing to secular democratic political processes.
On October 5, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Khorasan released a statement saying the group had killed two guards in an IED attack on a USAID building in Khogyani district in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. According to the statement, which was posted on ISIS's official Nasher News Telegram channel.
On August 22, 2018, Al-Battar, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group, posted a fatwa originally aired on ISIS radio station Al-Bayan deeming Muslims who wear clothing that bears a cross on it to be unbelievers.
Issue 150 of Al-Naba, the weekly news bulleting of the Islamic State (ISIS),' features an infographic on arson attacks.
On October 3 and 4, 2018, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram accounts published two posters, one of which urges Muslims to "fight" the "enemies of Allah with sticks and stones," while the other threatens to destroy Australia.
On October 2, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) French-language media outlet An-Nur released a two-page document in French titled "This is How they Were," signed by an ISIS member who goes by the name Abu 'Umar Az-Zanji.
On October 7, 2018, German-speaking jihadi operatives in Syria fighting with Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) reported on their Telegram channel that an unnamed German fighter had survived unscathed what appears to have been an assassination attempt, after a sticky bomb was placed under a seat in his pickup truck.
On October 6, 2018, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released the Issue 24 of its Arabic-language online magazine.
Issue 24 of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Arabic-language online magazine, Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah, released on October 6, 2018, features a detailed interview with the organization's deputy emir.
On October 10, 2018, the Uyghur jihadi organization Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released Part 28 in its video series "Lovers Of Paradise," which commemorates the group's fallen fighters.
On October 9, 2018, the Shahada News Agency, which belongs to Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that the jihadi organization had executed five young men accused of spying for either U.S., British, or Somali intelligence agencies.
On October 8, 2018, Shahada, the news agency of the Somalia-based pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi group Al-Shabab, published a report documenting a zakat ("alms") distribution event in which the group handed out U.S. dollars to needy families in Mogadishu, Somalia.
On October 7, 2018, a letter by prominent Hurras Al-Din clerics was published on pro-Hurras Al-Din Telegram channels calling for Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) to cooperate with the organization in its jihadi efforts in northern Syria.
On September 26, 2018, the pro-Al-Qaeda Bayan Foundation for Islamic Media published a letter by Al-Qaeda supporter Adnan Hadid titled "Sochi – The Conspiracy in Its Decisive Moments," which issues a dire warning to rebels and residents alike in Idlib against accepting the recently signed Sochi agreement.
On October 5, 2018, Al-Andalus, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released a statement in which AQIM's affiliate in Tunisia, the 'Uqba Bin Nafi' Brigade, claimed a double IED attack on an armored vehicle carrying Tunisian soldiers.
On October 9, 2018, the pro-Al-Qaeda Bayan Foundation for Islamic Media announced on Telegram that it had launched an official website.
A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group is a top disseminator of cyber security information and has several active technical channels on Telegram.
On October 4, 2018, the Islamic State's (ISIS) official Telegram channel Nasher News released a statement urging supporters to be "cautious" and only trust news published on "known sources."
On September 29, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement urging Islamic scholars to not take part in U.S.-sponsored conferences that are to be held in Kabul and Islamabad.
Addressing several religious congregations in Karachi, Pakistan, radical Pakistani cleric Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Qasmi criticized Muslims for befriending "the enemies of Islam."
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has called upon the people of Afghanistan to boycott the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan to be held on October 20, 2018. The elections were originally scheduled to be held October 15, 2016 In a statement, the Islamic Emirate also instructed "all its mujahideen to halt this American-led process throughout the country by creating severe obstacles for it."