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 November 13, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group released a video of a short interview with the emir of another pro-ISIS group.
On November 11, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet shared a poster on its Telegram channel urging ISIS supporters everywhere to assassinate leaders, officials, and military commanders.
On November 13, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Spanish-language media outlet released a video in Spanish and Arabic featuring a masked individual pledging allegiance to ISIS.
Following the October 27, 2019, report that Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had met his death in a raid conducted by U.S. special forces in Barisha, northwest of Idlib, and particularly after ISIS confirmed its leader's death on October 31, many supporters of the Syria-based jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), including some of the group's officials and clerics, celebrated the news.
On November 11, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Khayr province, Syria released a statement claiming that its fighters had killed two "unbeliever Christians" priests in the village of Al-Zar, in the district of Busayra, east of Der Al-Zour.
On November 13, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster on Telegram threatening U.S. President Donald Trump and denying the U.S. victory over the mujahideen.
On November 9, 2019, a proponent of the Islamic State (ISIS) distributed three posters captioned in French on dozens of pro-ISIS Telegram channels inciting supporters to commit arson attacks. In the past, both official and unofficial ISIS media sources have often recommended the use of fire as an effective modus operandi for committing acts of terror in the West, including very recently in the context of the California wildfire season. The three unsigned posters feature images of firefighters with fires raging in the background.
On November 11 and 12, 2019, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a series of posters on Telegram celebrating two recent attacks on forces of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which led to the wounding of American and Italian soldiers deployed in Iraq.
On November 12, 2019, the Jordanian government daily Al-Rai reported that in July 2019 the Jordanian authorities had foiled an Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired plot to attack staff of the Israeli and U.S. Embassies in Jordan, as well as to attack U.S. troops stationed in the city of Al-Jafr in the country.
Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): New York Woman Posts Supporting ISIS, Convicted British Preacher Anjem Choudary And Maryland-Based Pro-ISIS Cleric Suleiman Anwar; Runs Related Facebook Page, YouTube Account
The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating engagement with jihadi ideology and clerics.
Platform: Facebook, YouTube
The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating jihadi terror-related activity / sympathies.
On November 8, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Tajikistan released a statement claiming responsibility for the November 5, 2019 attack on a check point in Tajikistan near the border with Uzbekistan, saying that its fighters had killed ten Tajik border security guards.
During the past month reports from the Islamic State (ISIS) official news agency indicate a tendency for ISIS in Syria to against tankers which are used to transport oil to areas which are under the control of the Syrian regime, as well as against oil tankers which belong to the SDF in Al-Raqqa and Al-Hasakah.
On November 6, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) released photos showing a group of masked fighters pledging allegiance to ISIS's newly declared caliph Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.
On November 9, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) published six photos showing fighters from the group's East Asia Province, the ISIS affiliate in the Philippines, swearing allegiance to the newly announced ISIS "caliph" Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.
On November 8 and 9, 2019, ISIS in Syria, and in West Africa, published photographs of groups of masked fighters swearing allegiance to Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.
On November 12, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Homs, Syria released two photos showing six masked fighters pledging allegiance to ISIS's new caliph Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.
On November 11, 2019, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a five-minute video portraying the current campaign to defend Idlib against offensives led by Russia and the Assad regime as the struggle of all the Syrian people, rather than one merely concerning HTS or any other rebel faction. The video highlights the cooperation of diverse elements of the Idlib populace with HTS-led efforts to defend against these offensives, with the goal of encouraging all segments of the population to rally behind HTS and the groups and institutions affiliated with it, promising that the rebels will inevitably achieve victory.
On November 8, 2019, the Group for Support of Islam and the Muslims (GSIM), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel region, released a new audio message in Arabic from its leader, Iyadh Ag Ghali. In the message, which is nearly seven minutes long, Ghali congratulates his fighters for their recent attacks on Malian forces on the border of Mali and Burkina Faso, and praises Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab for its assault on a U.S. base, describing these attacks as successful models for jihadis worldwide.
On November 13, 2019, the Group for Supporting Islam and Muslims (GSIM), an Al-Qaeda affiliate operating in the African Sahel, released a statement on Telegram claiming responsibility for attacking a military camp in the town in Oursi in Burkina Faso and blowing up a military vehicle in Mali.
In Pakistan, a ban that the Ministry of Interior Affairs recently imposed on the Islamist organization Ansarul Islam has come under criticism in the court of Justice Athar Minallah, the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court, according to an Urdu-language daily.
On November 12, 2019, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that three incarcerated Haqqani Network members – Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan, and Hafiz Rashid – would be freed by the Afghan government in exchange for two Western professors of the American University of Afghanistan.