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April 23, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1049

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: April 17– 24, 2021

April 23, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1049

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-Al-Qaeda Magazine Offers Bitcoin To Anyone Killing Police Officers In Western Countries, Recommends Lone Wolves Infiltrate Protests In U.S., Europe

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On April 14, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda group released the second issue of its magazine, which included several articles inciting its supporters who live in Western countries to exploit civil unrest to carry out lone wolf attacks.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban Statement Accuses U.S. Of Violating Doha Agreement, Threatens America With 'Necessary Countermeasure'

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On April 15, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) threatened America that its jihadi fighters will "take every necessary countermeasure" after the U.S. President Joe Biden announced that American troops will not be withdrawn by May 1, as is required under the Doha agreement signed between the U.S. and the Taliban organization on February 29, 2020.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Qatar-Based Afghan Taliban Commander Tells Taliban Leaders: 'Keep Your Intentions Concealed'

A senior commander of a jihadi organization published an article titled "Keep your intentions concealed," on March 12, 2021, saying that the Taliban leaders should conceal their intentions.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Urdu Daily: Hizb-e-Islami Chief Hekmatyar, In Effort To 'Unite Former Jihadis And The Taliban,' Says: 'American Agenda' Will Not Be Thrust Upon Afghanistan

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Former mujahideen leader and former Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who joined the peace process in Afghanistan but continues to take a pro-Taliban position, has started trying "to unite former jihadis and the Taliban," according to an Urdu daily.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Editorial Offers In-Depth Analysis Of U.S Political Landscape In Wake Of Presidential Election, Civil Unrest, 'Cancel Culture,' And 'Biased Liberal Media'; Concludes: Polarization In U.S. Paves Way For Civil War

On April 14, 2021, Al-Qaeda's central media wing released its magazine which included an editorial titled "America Burns."

 

EXCLUSIVE: New Issue Of Al-Qaeda Magazine Focuses On Internal Situation Of The U.S. And The Coronavirus

On April 14, 2021, Al-Qaeda's central media wing released its magazine in Arabic, which included an editorial about the coronavirus pandemic, claiming it is biological warfare employed by the regimes of developed countries in order to enslave the nations of the world.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Deems Biden's Withdrawal Decision Acknowledgement Of 'Bitter Defeat' In Afghanistan, Says Taliban Marches On Toward 'Achieving Victory, Establishing Allah's Religion'

On April 20, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet published an article on Telegram responding to U.S. President Joe Biden's April 14 announcement on the decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Hizbullah Brigades Establishes Women's Unit in Eastern Syria

On April 20, 2021, a Syrian opposition website reported that the Hizbullah Brigades, a pro-Iranian, Iraqi Shi'ite militia, which is active in eastern Syria, recently established a women's unit.

 

ISIS Again Claims Attack On Syrian Forces Near Israel-Syria Border

On April 20, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for an attack on Syrian soldiers.

 

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Car Bomb Attack In Baghdad

On April 16, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a car bombing that in Baghdad.

 

ISIS Claims IED Attack On Iraqi Oil Wells

On April 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a double IED attack targeting two Iraqi oil wells.

 

ISIS Claims It Repelled An Air Assault, Killed Russian Soldiers In Syria

On April 17, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a communique claiming its fighters had repelled a Russian air assault in Syria.

 

Videos From ISIS In Sinai Documents Military Activity And Execution Of Collaborators, Including A Copt

Following the recent increase in the activity of ISIS in Sinai, in mid-April 2021 the organization released two video clips documenting its operations in the area.

 

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Shares Images Of Booty, Destroyed Military Vehicles Following Raid In Nigeria

On April 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for an April 18 raid on a Nigerian Army base.

 

Islamic State In Nigeria (ISWAP) Documents Aftermath Of Raid On Army Position

On April 16, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a communique on Telegram claiming responsibility for a successful raid on a Nigerian Army position.

 

In Exclusive Reports, ISIS Weekly Claims Burning Farmlands in India, Killing French Soldier In Mali

On April 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its Al-Naba' newspaper, which included an exclusive report about the group's recent activity in India.

 

ISIS Releases Images Of Its Military Activity In Kirkuk, Iraq

On April 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a set of images documenting recent attacks on Iraqi Army and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) positions in Iraq.

 

ISIS Editorial: Militaries In Several Regions Have Failed To Defeat Our Fighters, Who Are Determined To Continue Waging Jihad

On April 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its weekly issue of the Al-Naba' newspaper, which included an editorial arguing that military forces around the world have failed to defeat the group's fighters.

 

New ISIS Supporters' Media Outlet Distributes Official Material In Dozens Of Languages

On April 18, 2021, a message was shared on several pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channels announcing the launch of a new supporters' media group.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Groups Launch Campaign To Free Women Held In Refugee Camps In Syria

On April 18, 2021, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlets launched a social media campaign calling for the freeing of female prisoners, particularly those held in camps run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

 

Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Threatens To Disfigure U.S. Soldiers, Claims Washington Is Financially Supporting Iraqi, Kurdish Forces To Spare Its Own Soldiers

On April 19, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language Telegram channel posted photos of U.S. soldiers, saying they were disfigured due to injury while serving in Iraq.

 

Pro-ISIS Tech Group Warns Against New Messaging App, Claims It Is Produced By 'Intelligence Mercenaries' To Track ISIS Supporters

On April 20, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) tech group specializing in disseminating technical and cyber security information to ISIS supporters cautioned against using a messaging app available on Google play.

 

Pro-ISIS Tech Group Warns Supporters Not To Use Bitcoin

On April 17, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group focuses on spreading technical and cyber security related information to supporters, released a poster in Arabic, English and French on its website, warning supporters not to use the Bitcoin cryptocurrency for transactions.

 

Pro-ISIS Tech Group Claims Rocket.Chat Is Safer Alternative To Telegram

Over the past few years, supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) have showed more interest in disseminating jihadi content on Rocket.Chat than any other social media platform.

 

Al-Qaeda Commanders Killed In Afghanistan Had Links With The Afghan Taliban

Recent media reports indicate that Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban) have maintained a close relationship that continued even through the signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement in Doha in February 2020.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Denies Assassinating Leader Of Mali's CMA Rebel Alliance

On April 20, 2021, the official media outlet of an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the Sahel region issued a brief statement denying that GSIM is behind the killing of the leader of Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance.

 

Article In Al-Qaeda Magazine Suggests COVID-19 Began As Biological Warfare, Urges All People To Revolt Against 'Misguided Group' Which Controls The World

Al-Qaeda's Arabic-language magazine contained an article by the magazine's editorial claiming COVID-19 is biological warfare.

 

Al-Qaeda Magazine Publishes Fatwa By Slain Ideologue On Whether Martyrdom Operations Take Precedence Over Training For Jihad

Al-Qaeda's Arabic-language magazine included a fatwa, or religious ruling, by a prominent Al-Qaeda ideologue.

 

Emir Of Al-Qaeda's Kashmir Affiliate Eulogizes Slain Jihadis: 'These Lions Of Allah Strengthened Jihad On Snowy Nights When Even The Water Froze In Their Caves'

A group loyal to Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent has released a statement by its emir in which he eulogizes a group of seven mujahideen killed in Indian Kashmir in recent weeks.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Magazine Offers Lessons Showing People Living In Blacklisted Countries Ways To Get Cryptocurrencies

A pro-Al-Qaeda magazine contained a two-lesson course on cryptocurrency by an unidentified person, explaining various ways that people living in a blacklisted country can get cryptocurrencies.

 

On Telegram, Pro-Al-Qaeda Channel Celebrates Killing Of Chad's President: The Demise Of 'Allah's Enemy' Will Benefit Mujahideen In West Africa

On April 20, 2021, a prominent pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel celebrated reports of the killing of Chad's President Idriss Déby during clashes with rebels in the north of the country over the weekend.

 

In Jihadi Magazine, Syria-Based Cleric Accuses Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Government Of Copying Un-Islamic Laws From The Assad Regime

A monthly magazine released by a group of independent jihadi clerics based in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib region on April 15, 2021, contained an article by a cleric.

 

Telegram Channels Supporting The Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Celebrate Alleged Drone Attack On Ain Al-Assad Base In Western Iraq

Early on April 16, 2021, Telegram channels supporting the Shi'ite militias in Iraq claimed that the Ain Al-Assad base in western Iraq, which houses U.S. troops, among others, was attacked by several drones.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Video Shows Jihadi Fighters Training And Vowing To Wage Jihad Against Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (The Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has released a video showing its fighters undergoing training somewhere in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region and following a training program vowing to wage jihad against Pakistan.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Vows Revenge Against Pakistan Over Its Crackdown Against Barelvi Islamist Group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (The Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has released a statement vowing revenge after the Pakistani government banned the Barelvi Islamist group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and arrested its leader.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party Marks Beginning Of Ramadan With Five New Lectures On Ethical Practices

On April 14, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with the Turkestan Islamic Party released five audio lectures in the Uyghur language.

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