April 16, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1047

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: April 10 - 17, 2021

April 16, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1047

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: Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Releases Video Accusing Shi'ites Of Betraying Muslims By Allying With Christians, Jews, Says Pope's Recent Visit To Mosul Indicates 'Crusader' Intention To End Islamic State, Allah's Shari'a In Iraq

On April 12, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a video on Telegram accusing Shi'ites of betraying Muslims throughout history by allying with Christians and Jews against Muslims.

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Denies 'False' UN Report On Batarfi's Arrest, Denounces UN As 'Tool Serving American And Western Interests'

On April 8, 2021, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a statement in which the group rejected a UN report which claimed that AQAP's leader was arrested.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Publishes Booklet Justifying Execution Of Female Apostates

On April 12, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published on Telegram a booklet justifying the execution of al-murtadah, or the "female apostate," a classification developed by ISIS to describe women working for or supporting "apostate governments" against the global organization and its members.


EXCLUSIVE: Russia Claims Arresting Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Supporters Who Plotted 'Terrorist Attack' In Crimea; HTS Dismisses Accusation As Excuse To Strike Civilians In North Syria

On April 9, 2021, the Office of Public Relations of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) issued a statement dismissing what it described as the allegations made by Russian authorities regarding the arrest of two Russian men affiliated with HTS for plotting a terrorist attack in Crimea.


EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Hizbullah And Iran Store Weapons In Shipping Containers Next To Those Of DHL And UN Agencies At Damascus International Airport

Following an aerial attack attributed to Israel in the area near Damascus International Airport on April 8, 2021, a Syrian opposition website reported that Hizbullah has recently been increasing its military and civilian presence in the area.


ISIS Releases Video Documenting Wide-Scale Attack On Nigeria's Damasak

On April 13, 2021, the media arm of the Islamic State (ISIS), released video footage documenting an attack by its fighters in Nigeria.


ISIS Weekly Provides Details Of Attacks In Somalia, Afghanistan

The Islamic State (ISIS) weekly, which was published on April 8, 2021, provides new details about recent ISIS attacks in Somalia and Afghanistan.


As Ramadan Approaches, ISIS Intensifies Attacks In West Africa Targeting Christians

Over the past few days, the Islamic State (ISIS) carried out several attacks across West Africa.


Islamic State West Africa Province Burns Buildings Housing International Organizations In Nigeria

On April 11, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) official outlet reported that for the second time in less than a month its operatives in its West Africa Province raided a town in Nigeria.


ISIS Editorial: Jihadis Must Encourage Each Other In Times Of Hardship, High Morale Contributes To Victory

On April 8, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its weekly newspaper which included an editorial urging the group's fighters to support each other in staying committed to the cause of jihad, particularly during times of hardship.


ISIS Releases Photos Of The Daily Activities Of Fighters In Sinai, Shows Fighters Using A Smartphone To Read About The Group's Takeover Of Palma, Mozambique

On April 12, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a series of photos documenting what it described as the daily life of its fighters in Sinai, Egypt.


On Telegram, Pro-Iran Militias In Iraq Publish Graphics Threatening To Target Israeli Interests

In the past few days, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published posters threatening Israeli interests.


On Telegram, Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Celebrate Attack On Israeli Ship Near UAE Coast, Threaten More Attacks

On April 13, 2021, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq reported that an Israeli-owned ship was attacked near Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates with an Iranian missile.


New Pro-ISIS Poster Threatens France

On April 12, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet, released a poster in Arabic and French inciting the group's supporters to carry out attacks in France.


Two Pro-ISIS Media Outlets Announce Merge

On April 12, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet announced in a statement published on the group's Rocket.Chat server that it will be merging with another pro-ISIS media group.


Pro-ISIS Telegram User Calls On Jihad-Seekers To Join ISIS, 'America's Most Bitter Enemy'

On April 8, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram user published a post calling on Muslims who are seeking to take part in jihad, as well as Muslims who are confused or are reconsidering their involvement in jihad, to join ISIS, describing the group as "America's most bitter enemy."


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): On Facebook, Twitter, Telegram Group Promotes Works Prominent Jihadi Clerics

A user promotes the works of prominent jihadi clerics on three platforms.


Al-Shabab Video Series Praises Virtues Of Jihad, Attacking Somali And Kenyan Forces, The Lives Of Fighters In The Field

On April 11, 2021, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab Movement, released the second part of the video "The Morals of the Mujahid."


Al-Shabab Releases Video Discussing 'The Morals Of The Mujahid,' Documenting Attacks In Six Regions In Somalia

On April 7, 2021, the media outlet of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab, released the first episode in a video series titled "The Morals Of The Mujahid."


Article By Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Supporter: Syrian Revolution Requires External Support To Topple Assad Regime, Its Promotional Message Should Calm West's Fears

On April 6, 2021, an article was published on a Telegram channel which supports the Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) organization.


Syrian Jihadi Commander Releases Second Video Accusing Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Of Military Negligence, Financial Corruption, And Quelling Dissent

On April 10, 2021, a video highly critical of the leader of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), was released by the commander of a Syrian jihadi group.


Idlib-Based Jihadi Group Claims IED Attack On Turkish Military Convoy To 'Avenge Muslim Women Who Were Insulted For Wearing Niqab'

On April 8, 2021, an Idlib-based jihadi group claimed responsibility for an IED attack on a Turkish military convoy in the Idlib countryside.


Syria-Based Saudi Cleric Announces Upcoming Ramadan Video Series Dedicated To Jihadi Quranic Verses; Offers Gift Cards, Cellphones As Prizes To Encourage Engagement

On April 12, 2021, a Syria-based Saudi jihadi cleric released a short video on his website and Telegram channel intended to promote his new show that will air during Ramadan.


Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Loyal To Iran React To The Closing Summary Of The Strategic Dialogue Between Iraq And The U.S.: From Restrained Commendation To Explicit Threats

On April 7, 2021, an additional round was held of the Strategic Dialogue between the U.S. and Iraq, which discussed the relationship and cooperation between the two countries, in the military, economic and cultural spheres.

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