December 28, 2019 Special Announcements No. 852

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary: December 21-28, 2019

December 28, 2019
Special Announcements No. 852

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 with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: ISIS In West Africa Releases Video Showing Execution, Beheading Of 11 Christian Men

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On December 26, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) in West Africa released a video showing the execution of 11 Christian men in Borno State, in the north east of Nigeria. According to the video, which was released by ISIS's official A'maq News Agency, the execution of these men is part of an ISIS campaign to avenge the deaths of the group's former leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and its spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajir.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS In West Africa Claims Responsibility For A Series Of Attacks Against Christians In Nigeria And Chad

As part of the Islamic State (ISIS) "Campaign of Revenge" in response to the deaths of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Abu Al-Hasan Al-Muhajir, in recent days a branch of the organization in Nigeria has perpetrated a series of attacks against Christian citizens.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Threaten Attacks During The Holiday Season


As is customary for Islamic State (ISIS) supporters during the Christmas holiday season, several pro-ISIS media groups have released posters promising imminent attacks. A number of such threatening posters have been published during the last few weeks.


EXCLUSIVE: Syria-Based Saudi Jihadi Preacher Al-Muhaysini Calls Celebrating Christmas, New Year's 'Humiliation Of Islam And Muslims'

On December 24, 2019, a Syria-based Saudi jihadi cleric shared a poster and a video on Telegram condemning Muslims who celebrate Christmas and New Year's.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Operative Urges Supporters To Remain Steadfast And Perpetrate Attacks

On December 21, 2019, a Spanish-language pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet, posted a new video on Telegram titled "Message to the Ummah." The clip features an audio message from one of the group's operatives, urging ISIS supporters to remain patient and steadfast in the face of adversity, and encouraging them to go forth and kill unbelievers wherever they find them.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporter Calls On ISIS Loyalists To Participate In Campaign To Avenge Al-Baghdadi's Killing: Carry Out Individual Attacks On Airports, Stadiums, Nightclubs, Infrastructure

On December 23, 2019, on a pro-ISIS Telegram channel, a user posted a call for ISIS followers to join the campaign to avenge the death of ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi by carrying out individual attacks. He wrote:


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Praises Martyrdom Of ISIS Fighters And Leaders; Calls For Continued Efforts To Attack The West

On December 23, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a 25-minute video on Telegram titled "And He Who Fulfills That Which He Has Promised Allah He Will Give Him A Great Reward." The video is entirely comprised of edited archival footage from ISIS videos and Western TV, in Arabic and English, with the respective subtitles.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Defectors: New Leader Has No Legitimate Claim To Authority Over Muslims

Scholars who defected from the Islamic State (ISIS) following the appointment of a new leader were already disillusioned with the organization and its leadership before the death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in a U.S. Special Forces raid in northern Syria in late October 2019. They viewed the ISIS announcement that a new leader had been chosen as another opportunity to question the legitimacy of the ISIS "caliphate" and its entire religious structure.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Supporter Calls For Attacks On U.S. Forces And Support Convoys in Syria

On December 23, 2019, the admin of a 'jihadi affairs' chat group hosted on an Al-Qaeda-affiliated server on Rocket.Chat called for attacks on U.S. forces protecting oil fields in Syria and their logistical support deliveries.


EXCLUSIVE: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Leader Al-Joulani: We Fight The Russian And Iranian Occupation For The Islamic Ummah; Attacks On The Syrian Regime's Economic And Military Targets Must Continuee


On December 25, 2019, as tough battles raged in the Idlib area – the last bastion of rebel resistance in Syria – between the rebel forces headed by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the forces of the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies, a video was released of HTS leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani.


ISIS Claims Targeting Military Base Hosting U.S. Forces In Syria With Nine Rockets

On December 26, 2019, the Islamic state (ISIS) in Al-Barakah Province in Syria, released a statement saying that its fighters attacked a military base where "Crusader" U.S. forces are stationed, in the city of Al-Shaddadi, with nine Katyusha rockets.


ISIS Launches 'Raid Of Revenge' For The Killing Of Al-Baghdadi

Over the past 24 hours the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks perpetrated in Iraq, Syria, and West Africa describing them as part of a campaign dubbed "The Raid of Revenge for the Two Glorious Sheikhs [leaders of the organization], the Commander of the Faithful Abu Bakr Al-Qurashi Al-Baghdadi and Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajir, may Allah accept them," who were killed in a raid by US special forces at the end of October 2019.


Facing Online Clampdown, ISIS Promotes Presence On Canadian Messaging App Nandbox

Over the past few days, Islamic State (ISIS) media operatives using and TamTam messaging apps posted links to the group's official media arm and pro-ISIS media groups on the Canadian messenger app Nandbox. The move aims to maintain a presence on the free messaging app in response to the ongoing purge of ISIS accounts, groups, and channels on other platforms mainly Telegram, TamTam, and, which began on November 22, 2019. However, ISIS is likely to continue publishing its content on various platforms simultaneously in an effort to "disseminate the mujahideen's media materials" and counter the massive online clampdown.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR) Georgia-Based Ex-Con Posts Content From Jihadi Sheikhs And Support For 'The Mujahideen'

Platform: Facebook


Facebook Page Shares Anwar Al-'Awlaki Video Lectures, Seeks To Circumvent Platform's Efforts To Remove Al-'Awlaki Content

A jihadi Facebook page shares clips of sermons by the late Yemeni-American cleric and Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-'Awlaki. The page, which describes itself as a religious organization, was created on November 4, 2019, and as of this writing has 416 followers.


Jihadi Clerics Condemn Iran's Participation In Kuala Lumpur Summit

In the days following the Kuala Lumpur Summit in Malaysia, jihadi clerics, mainly based in Syria, published posts in which they voice their disappointment in the summit, and condemn Iran's participation in it.


Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Eulogizes Senior Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Syria

On December 22, 2019, an airstrike believed to have been carried out by the U.S. struck a car driving in the northern Syrian town of Turmanin, killing senior Al-Qaeda operative Bilal Khuraysat.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Declares General Mobilization To Defend Rebel-Controlled Areas In Syria

On December 23, 2019, the military wing of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a statement declaring a general mobilization to protect rebel-controlled areas in Syria.


Taliban Affairs Expert Rahimullah Yusufzai Assesses The Current State Of The U.S.-Taliban Negotiations On Future Of Afghanistan

In a December 15, 2019 article, veteran Taliban affairs expert Rahimullah Yusufzai assesses the U.S.-Taliban peace negotiations currently underway in Doha. The article – titled "Taliban-United States Peace Talks For Afghanistan: 10th Time Lucky?" – was published by the Pakistani daily The News where Yusufzai is a senior editor.


At Conference In Herat, Afghan Islamic Clerics' Organization Demands Representation In Proposed Intra-Afghan Talks With The Taliban, Calls For Ceasefire

On December 22, 2019, Islamic scholars at a conference in the western Afghan city of Herat adopted a resolution calling on the Afghan government and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) to announce a temporary ceasefire, according to an Afghan website.

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