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 December 5, 2018, Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, an Al-Qaeda affiliate active in Somalia, reported that its fighters had thwarted an attempted landing by U.S. Special Forces and government militias in Awdheegle District, west of the capital, Mogadishu.
On December 5, 2018, Al-Qaeda In the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a statement denying the claim made by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) that the 11 men killed in a drone strike on November 29, 2018, near Al Uwaynat, Libya, were members of Al-Qaeda.
An Islamic cleric associated with Pakistani jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) recently delivered a series of 12 lectures organized by Al-Rehmat Trust, the charity arm of JeM.
On December 3, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released Issue 26 of Al-Anfal magazine, which includes, in addition to materials previously published by ISIS, a poster threatening a biological attack and an article encouraging ISIS supporters to use the NordVPN application for secure online communication and to avoid tracking.
On December 2, 2018, the second issue of Liwa' Al-Ansar, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine, was issued online.
Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Plant City, Florida Man With Jihadi Facebook Friends Says U.S. Military Should Be Punished For Killing Osama Bin Laden, Posts Pro-Taliban Content, Calls For Jihad To Liberate Palestine, Raises Money Using GoFundMe
Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Long Beach, California Convert Friends With Jihad Supporters On Facebook, Previously Reported To Law Enforcement, Wants To Leave U.S., Writes: 'Dying Sounds Easy Compared To Living With Shaytan'; 'Converts Should Not Give Info To Masjid In The US'
On December 2, 2018, a group of Islamic State (ISIS) supporters released a new poster featuring a fighter overlooking an explosion in New York City. The poster, titled "New York, 1\1\2019," includes a quote from the late ISIS spokesman calling on supporters to carry out terror attacks in the West by any means.
In an attempt to exploit the current unrest in France caused by the violent social protests of the "Gilets Jaunes" (Yellow Jackets), over the past few days pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlets have intensified their calls for individual sympathizers to carry out attacks there.
On November 29, 2018, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group Al-Muhajireen Foundation released a statement announcing the relaunching of its suspended multilanguage website.
On November 30, 2018, A'maq, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS), reported that ISIS fighters had attacked Tunisian policemen on patrol using automatic weapons.
On December 4, 2018, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Muhajireen Foundation media outlet published a warning on Telegram in English and Arabic cautioning ISIS fighters in Syria's Deir Al-Zour region to beware of smugglers.
As the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS continues its non-stop bombardment of the Islamic State (ISIS)-controlled town of Hajin, causing severe civilian casualties, Internet appeals for donations for the people of Hajin have begun to appear.
On November 29, 2018, a group of media operatives in rebel-controlled areas of northern Syria issued a strongly worded statement urging the jihadi groups in the region to put aside their disagreements and unite to fight the Assad regime as a single organization, and calling on the locals to organize demonstrations demanding the unification of all factions.
On December 2, 2018, Sham Al-Ribat Media, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Hurras Al-Din, published a series of photographs depicting Hurras Al-Din fighters training in Syria.
A Telegram channel soliciting funds for "the mujahideen and the poor" in Syria was opened on January 16, 2018, but content only began appearing on the channel on September 18.
On December 1, 2018, Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), a jihadi group thought to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda, issued on Telegram security guidelines for the mujahideen active in Jammu & Kashmir.
On December 4, 2018, jihadi group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), which is thought to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda, released a video message from one of its Indian militants based somewhere in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region. The video was released ahead of the anniversary of Hindu extremists' December 6, 1992 demolition of the 16th century Babri mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya.
The commander of Pakistan-backed jihadi organization Hizbul Mujahideen, which is fighting against Indian security forces in Jammu & Kashmir, was recently interviewed by Al-Jazeera by phone. Hizbul Mujahideen is led by Syed Salahuddin, who lives in Pakistan.
The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating terror-related activity / sympathies
On November 26, 2018, Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) released an audio recording in which a narrator pays tribute to Indian jihadi leaders who fought against Sikh rule in Punjab in the early 19th century.
On November 30, 2018, jihadi group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) eulogized on Telegram Shakir Ahmad Dar, a young Kashmiri who joined the militancy in Kashmir and eventually became its deputy chief.
On November 27-28, 2018, 61 countries and a number of international organizations attended a two-day conference on Afghanistan held in Geneva and co-hosted by the UN and the Afghan government. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement on the conference.
Addressing the participants of a debate competition organized by Al-Murabitun in Bahawalpur city, Pakistani jihadi leader Mufti Abdur Rauf Asghar said recently: "It is the most important need of the time to prepare experts of jihadi da'wa [preaching, invitation]."
Addressing the participants of a debate competition, a Pakistani jihadi leader said recently: "It is the most important need of the time to prepare experts of jihadi da'wa [preaching, invitation]."
Indian forces recently killed jihadi commander Muhammad Aqeel in the Hindwara region of Jammu & Kashmir, following which a group of Pakistani jihadi leaders visited his home in an area of the town of Abbaspur in Pakistani Kashmir to pay their respects, according to a report in the Urdu weekly Haftroza Al-Qalam.