June 29, 2019 Special Announcements No. 781

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

June 29, 2019
Special Announcements No. 781

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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EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Claims Downing Of French Helicopter, Bombing Of U.S. Military Vehicle In Niger

Issue 187 of the Islamic State's (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba magazine, released on June 20, 2019, included an article in which the group claimed responsibility for two attacks: the downing of a French helicopter along the Niger-Mali border; and an IED attack that killed two American soldiers about 100 kilometers from Niamey, the capital of Niger.


EXCLUSIVE: Report: U.S. Soldier Killed Fighting ISIS In Syria

On June 21, 2019, the Euphrates Post, a media group affiliated with the Syrian opposition, stated in a Facebook post that an American soldier had been killed that morning in clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in Deir Al-Zour, Syria.


EXCLUSIVE: Hizbullah Brigades: Response To American Cyber Attack To Be Imminent And Double The Intensity

Several days following the downing of the American drone by Iran on June 21, 2019, it was reported in the American media that the U.S. had perpetrated a cyber-attack against the Hizbullah Brigades, an Iraqi Shi'ite militia supported by Iran.


EXCLUSIVE: Video Shows ISIS East Asia Province Renewing Allegiance To Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

On June 22, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) East Asia Province released the latest installment in its recent video series, titled "And the [Best] Outcome is for the Righteous."


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Jihad Group In Iraq 'Hizbullah Brigades': Removing House Of Saud From Power Is Essential To 'Defending Palestinian Cause And Confronting The Zionists'

On June 25, 2019, the website of the Iraqi TV channel Aletejah reported that the Iran-backed jihadi group Hizbullah Brigades in Iraq released a statement condemning the Gulf states and particularly Saudi Arabia, saying that removing the House of Saud from power is essential to "defending the Palestinian cause and confronting the Zionists."


EXCLUSIVE: Document Lists More Than 200 Al-Qaeda Fighters In Syria, Including Europeans

A Telegram channel called "The Internal Judiciary of Jama'at Hurras Al-Din," published photos of a petition that more than 200 Hurras Al-Din fighters signed calling for the group's internal judiciary to decide on their grievance against Hurras Al-Din's leader Sami Al-'Uraydi and its chief military commander Abu Humam Al-Shami.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Fundraising Campaign Claims Syrian Civilians Donated More Than $185,000 For Mujahideen

In June 22, 2019, a Telegram channel campaign claimed that since the launch of the campaign 15 days earlier, residents of the Idlib region in Syria had donated more than $185,000 for mujahideen operations room, which comprises fighters from Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the National Liberation Front (NLF), Jaysh Al-'Izzah, and other jihadi factions.


Al-Sahab Releases Video Featuring Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Urging Muslim Scholars To Carry Banner Of Jihad, Lauding Key Jihadi Figures Who Have Incited Against U.S.

On June 21, 2019, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released a Part Three of its video series featuring the Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri praising prominent jihadi figures who encouraged Muslims to wage war on the U.S. and called on Muslim scholars to follow in their footsteps. Part One of the series was released in April 2019.


Al-Qaeda Releases Statement Eulogizing Morsi, Urging Egyptians To Wage Jihad Against Government, Take Revenge On Al-Sisi

On June 27, 2019, Al-Qaeda's central command released a statement offering its condolences on the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and urging Egyptians to wage jihad against the government and take revenge on Egyptian President Abd Al-Fatah Al-Sisi.


Syrian Jihadi Cleric Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Mahdi Urges Muslims To Support Mujahideen Financially, Gives WhatsApp Number

On June 24, 2019, Syrian jihadi cleric AAbd Al-Razzaq Al-Mahdi published a post on his Telegram channel calling on Muslims around the world, and particularly those in Turkey, the Gulf countries, and the rebel-controlled areas of Syria, to send money to the mujahideen.


ISIS In Caucasus Releases Video Downplaying Group's Defeat, Declaring War On Russia And Its Allies

On June 26, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Caucasus released a video featuring two masked fighters. One of the fighters, identified as Abu Abdalla Al-Qawqazi, downplayed ISIS's defeat in Syria and Iraq, called on ISIS fighters to continue waging jihad, and declared war on Russia and its allies.


ISIS Claims Responsibility For Grozny Attack

On June 24, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) Kavkaz Province claimed responsibility for the previous night's attack on the residence of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, in Grozny, Chechnya, one of the less-active ISIS areas of operation.


ISIS Claims Responsibility For Tunis Twin Suicide Attacks

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the June 27, 2019 double suicide attacks in the Tunisian capital that killed one and wounded at least eight others. The statement, released via ISIS's official news outlet, the A'maq News Agency, declares that the perpetrators were "Islamic State fighters" but provides no further details on them or on the attacks.


ISIS Poster Threatens Westerners: Soon You Will Be Pursued 'In The Heart Of Your Homelands'

On June 17, 2019, a poster from an ISIS propaganda body was disseminated on a Telegram channel.


Pro-ISIS Media Foundation Releases Poster With Threats To London

On June 23, 2019, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Adyat Media Foundation published a poster warning of impending attacks in London.

Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Shares Material In Spanish Promoting Vehicle Ramming Terror Attacks

On June 24, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) published Spanish translations of an article and two posters, culled from three official ISIS sources, which detail and promote the use of trucks and other vehicles to perpetrate terror attacks by ramming into large crowds of people.


Pro-ISIS Channel Warns Fighters To Exercise Caution Near Iraqi And Syrian Borders With Turkey

On June 25, 2019, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Muhajireen Foundation media group published a poster in Arabic and English on its Telegram channel warning ISIS members to exercise caution in the vicinity of the Iraqi and Syrian borders with Turkey, citing an increase in EU efforts to monitor European ISIS fighters returning to Europe.


Spokesman For Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen: ISIS Leader In Yemen Captured By Saudi And Yemeni Special Forces

On June 25, 2019, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition announced the June 3 capture of the Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Yemen, Abu Osama Al-Muhajir. According to the official spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, Saudi Special Forces working in conjunction with Yemeni forces as part of the coalition captured several ISIS members, most notably the Yemeni ISIS leader and financial chief, Abu Osama Al-Muhajir.


Persian-Language Jihadi Media Group Launches New Instagram Account

On June 23, 2019, Abna' Al-Jihad (Sons of Jihad), a Persian-language jihadi media group, launched a new Instagram page after its previous account was deleted.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review: Pro-ISIS Media Activist On Gab

The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating jihadi terror-related activity / sympathies.


Afghan Taliban Eulogize Mohamed Morsi, Describe Him As 'An Important Leader Of The Islamic Current In Egypt'

On June 18, 2019, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban Organization) released a statement paying tribute to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi upon his death. The following is the full statement.


Afghan Taliban Spokesman Accuses U.S. Of Rescuing Besieged ISIS Militants, Describes ISIS As 'A Tool Of The Criminal American Invaders'

On June 21, 2019, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), released a statement accusing the U.S. of rescuing Islamic State (ISIS) militants besieged by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Kunar province

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