April 7, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1333

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: April 1-8, 2023

April 7, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1333

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: Telegram Channels Supporting Islamic State (ISIS), Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Celebrate President Trump's Arraignment

On April 4, 2023, jihadi Telegram channels and those linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared posts commenting on the arraignment of the former U.S. President Donald Trump inside a New York courthouse.


EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channels Supporting Islamic State (ISIS), Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Celebrate President Trump's Indictment, Pray For U.S. Unrest

On March 31, 2023 pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channels and channels linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq celebrated President Donald Trump's indictment by a New York grand jury in connection with his alleged role in a "hush money" scheme in 2016.


EXCLUSIVE: Articles On Afghan Taliban's Urdu-Language Website Praise China-Mediated Saudi-Iran Rapprochement: 'America Is Afraid Of China's Position In The Region'; 'The Defeat Of America In Afghanistan And The War In Ukraine Are Two Such Factors Which Are No Less Than An Earthquake In The Politics Of The Region'

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Following the signing of the trilateral agreement between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China on March 10, 2023 in Beijing, the Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) published two articles examining the ramifications of the restoration of Saudi-Iran relations.


EXCLUSIVE: Following Saudi-Iranian Reconciliation, Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Threatens Saudi Arabia, Emirates, U.S., And U.K.

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On March 10, 2023, Saudi Arabia and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement on reviving relations between them, brokered by China.


EXCLUSIVE: Tweet By U.S. Ambassador to Iraq About Attending Iftar Hosted By Tribe Angers Mouthpiece Of Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq

On April 3, 2023, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Alina L. Romanowski, tweeted that, together with other U.S. diplomats, she met with Iraqi tribal leaders over Iftar (Ramadan fast-breaking evening meal). The tweet, which did not identify the location of the meeting, featured a photo from the event hosted by the Shi'ite tribe of Al-Ezerj from southern Iraq.


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Ashab Al-Kahf Group Threatens To Down U.S., Israeli Aircraft With Stinger Missiles


On April 1-3, 2023, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia posted a series of messages on its Telegram channel in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, threatening the use of anti-aircraft Stinger missiles against "foreign armies" in Iraq and the surrounding region.


EXCLUSIVE: On Facebook, UK-Based Hizb ut-Tahrir Blames U.S. Gun Violence On Western 'Demonization Of Religion, Spirituality, And Traditional Family Structures'

On March 28, 2023, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain – the British affiliate of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a transnational Islamist network – published an article on Facebook blaming gun violence in the United States on a decline in religion and traditional values in the West.


Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Claims Deaths Of One Christian And One Sikh Civilian In Northwest Pakistan

On April 2, 2023, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for two operations in the previous days, in each of which a civilian from a religious minority was killed. Both incidents took place in the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Group Releases Poster Threatening Attack in Kansas City, Missouri

On March 30, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media foundation released a poster on a pro-ISIS website threatening a lone-wolf attack in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlets Celebrate Release Of Al-Qaeda-Linked Jihadi Figure Who Spent 10 Years In Lebanese Prison On Terrorism Charges

On March 30, 2023, jihadi outlets reported that Lebanese authorities released a prominent Syrian-Lebanese jihadi figure who was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2014 for establishing a Lebanese affiliate of the Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian terrorist group Al-Nusra Front.


New Channel On Islamic State (ISIS)-Operated Rocket.Chat Advises Online Supporters To Strike Balance Between Caution And Paranoia

On April 1, 2023, a new channel was created on the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated Rocket.Chat server.


ISIS Editorial Portrays Protests In Israel As Reflecting Divisive Character Of Jews, Forecasts That Muslims Will Eliminate The Jews In Line With The Divine Will

On March 30, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 384 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue's feature article cast ongoing protests in Israel as part of a divine plan that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the state of Israel at the hands of Muslims.


In Article in ISKP-linked 'Voice Of Khurasan,' A Europe-Based ISIS Author Urges Muslims In Ukraine To Join ISIS Caucasus Province

On April 2, 2023, Al-Azaim Media Foundation which is linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) and defines itself as a supporting entity of the Islamic State (ISIS), released Issue 24 of the "Voice of Khurasan" English-language magazine.


Article In ISKP-linked 'Voice Of Khurasan' Exalts Jihad Despite Its Violent Character, Claims Covid-19 Was Allah's Punishment To Anti-ISIS Coalition For Defeating ISIS In Syria

On April 2, 2023, the Al-Azaim Media Foundation, a media outlet linked to the Islamic State's Khorasan Province (ISKP), released issue 24 of its English-language Voice of Khurasan magazine.


Prior To CENTCOM Statement About Killing Syria-Based ISIS Senior Member, Jihadis Allege The Target Was Al-Qaeda Affiliate

On April 4, 2023, the U.S. Central Command forces released a statement announcing that a unilateral strike in Syria was conducted on the same day, killing a senior leader in the Islamic State (ISIS).


User Of ISIS-Operated Rocket.Chat Shares Extensive ISIS Material Uploaded On Archive.Org, Incites French-Speaking Supporters To 'Kill Crusaders And Apostates'

On April 4, 2023,  a user of a Rocket.Chat server operated by Islamic State (ISIS) supporters posted a five-page PDF file in French containing a series of links to websites associated with ISIS that had been uploaded to the California-based Internet Archive (


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Publishes Article Urging Ethnic Group In Ethiopia To Abandon Democracy, Embrace Islamic Law And Jihad To Achieve Self-Determination

On March 29, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published an Arabic translation of an article.


Video Series From Al-Qaeda Somali Affiliate Al-Shabab: The West, Somali Government, Are Waging A 'Campaign Of Fraud And Lies' Against Al-Shabab Which Intensified After Its Successes On The Battlefield; Somali Regime Clerics Are 'Like Dogs And Donkeys'

On March 16, and 20 respectively, 2023, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab, released a two-part video series in the Somali language.


New Pro-Al-Qaeda Channel Boosts Content From Official Outlets On Rocket.Chat

In mid-March 2023, a new pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet emerged on Chirpwire, Rocket.Chat, and Telegram.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Attack In Southern Mali

On March 29, Al-Zalaqa, the official media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), claimed an attack on gendarme post in southern Mali two days prior.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Releases Video Of Allegedly Slain Leader Declaring Ramadan 'The Month Of Jihad'

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On March 27, 2023, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (Group for Support of Islam and Muslims - GSIM) released the second part of a video series.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Publishes Eulogy Of Former Somali MP Who Defected And Joined Al-Shabab, Died In Suicide Attack

On April 1, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published an Arabic translation of an article.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Continues Commando-Style Attacks Against Syrian Forces

Over the past two weeks, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham continued its inghimasi (commando-style) attacks against Syrian forces, following a trend that began months ago. HTS and pro-HTS media outlets have released new photographic materials documenting the attacks, and a map showing attack locations from the last five months.


Reacting To Reports That Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Executed Algerian Jihadi Commander, Opponents Condemn His Ramadan Killing, Ask Allah To Avenge His Death

On March 25, 2023, a journalist based in Syria's northwestern rebel-controlled Idlib region, reported that an Algerian member of a jihadi group had died in a prison of jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib.


Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Photos Of Fighters Performing Ramadan Rituals

Between March 31 and April 2, 2023, the Syrian branch of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a Uyghur jihadi group active in Afghanistan and Syria, released three photo sets documenting "good deeds in the month of Ramadan" performed by its fighters and their children.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Ambassador In Tehran Praises Iran-Backed Iraqi Factions, 'Axis Of Resistance' For Their Continuing Support Of Yemen Against 'Aggressors'

On March 30, 2023, the Office of Al-Nujaba' Islamic Resistance Movement in Iran released a clip of the ambassador of Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) to Iran praising Iraqi factions of the Iran-led "axis of resistance" for their support of the Houthis in countering "aggression" against Yemen.

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