April 9, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1043

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: April 3 - 10, 2021

April 9, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1043

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: On Telegram, Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Threaten To Target Washington DC

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On April 6, 2021, a new group thatis part of the Iranian-backed "Islamic Resistance in Iraq," released on its Telegram channel a poster threatening to launch an attack inside the United States.


EXCLUSIVE: Slaughtering Christians – Islamic State Central Africa Province's (ISCAP) Regular Tactic For Expansion

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The Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) is one of the Islamic State's (ISIS) African affiliates that the global organization and its new leadership use to demonstrate it continues to be relevant and active.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Hackers Claim Breach Of French Regional Port Authority Server

On April 2, 2021, a group of pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hackers shared a video showing the hacking of the servers of a regional port authority in France.


EXCLUSIVE: Following Interview With U.S. Reporter, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Called Liar, U.S. Collaborator By Opponents; Praised For Pragmatism By Supporters

On April 2, 2021, the U.S.-based PBS television network published an article discussing an interview with the leader of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Leader In Gaza: Jihad Is The Main Way To Liberate Palestine; The Arab Leaders And The Palestinian Factions Have Betrayed Palestine

On March 26, 2021, an article in a weekly magazine published by a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet was authored by the leader of a Gaza-based Salafi group.


EXCLUSIVE: On Facebook, Jihadis React To News Of Sri Lankan Banning Of Burqas: 'Buddhists And Sri Lankans Are Now My Enemies;' 'Humiliation Is Coming For Sri Lanka'

The Sri Lankan government recently announced the banning of burqas, a decision motivated by national security concerns.


After Arrest Of U.S.-Based Pro-ISIS Media Operative, Supporters Suggest FBI Agent Has Infiltrated Their Network, Provide Security Tips

​On April 5, 2021, the U.S. Justice Department reported that a U.S. citizen was arrested after being indicted on charges of "attempting to provide material support and resources" to the Islamic State (ISIS), and that he is scheduled for trial.


Pro-ISIS Outlet Says Killing Christians Is A Correct Implementation Of Allah's Law, Criticizes UN, Al-Qaeda Leader, For Prohibiting Such Killings Of Civilians

On April 4, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a poster highlighting recent attacks carried out by the group's fighters against Christian communities in Africa, viewed as an implementation of Allah's rulings, and therefore acceptable.


ISIS Weekly Focuses On ISCAP Takeover Of Town In Mozambique, Rebuts Western Media Coverage Claiming 'Unknown' Mujahideen Behind Attack

The Islamic State (ISIS) weekly released on April 1, 2021 focused on the three-day-long attack by the group's Central African branch, the "Islamic State Central Africa Province" (ISCAP) on the strategic town of Palma in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.


ISIS Editorial Reiterates Call For Spies To Repent Or Await Death

On April 1, 2021, the Islamic state (ISIS) released its weekly issue of its newspaper which included an editorial reiterating ISIS's vow to find and kill those who spy against it if they do not repent.


Pro-ISIS Outlet Release Montage Video Celebrating Takeover Of Palma, Mozambique; Warns Crusaders: The Sea Will Be Mixed With Your Blood

On April 1, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a montage video celebrating ISIS's capture of the city of Palma in Mozambique.


Pro-ISIS Media: Jakarta Shooter Is A True Woman Of Islam

On April 5, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a poster celebrating the woman who opened fire on the National Police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 31.


ISIS Supporters Praise Indonesian Woman Attacker At Jakarta Police Headquarters: 'May She Be A Guiding Light To Others'

Following an attack carried out March 31, 2021 by a woman at the national police headquarters in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, members of a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram group celebrated the attack.


Pro-ISIS Tech Group Launches New Platforms For Supporters To Communicate, Share, Spread Content

On April 2, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group announced the launch of new chat and file-sharing servers.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Claims Rocket Attack On UAE Forces In Yemen

On April 6, 2021, Ansar Al-Shari'ah, also known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a statement claiming that its fighters carried out a new attack on UAE forces in Yemen.


Leader Of Al-Qaeda Affiliate Releases Installment In Series Of Messages To His Fighters, Urging Them To Speak Up Against 'People Of Falsehood'

On April 3, 2021, a new installment was released in a series of messages from the leader of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate in which he urged "those who have remained steadfast," to speak up against the "people of falsehood," saying that doing so is a form of jihad.


Al-Qaeda Supporter Describes Muslim Scholars Association Statement On Sudanese Transitional Council's Intention To Separate State And Religion As 'Lacking Clarity,' Says It Should Have Declared Jihad

On April 1, 2021, a Syria-based Al-Qaeda supporter responded on Telegram the statement by the Muslim Scholars Association (MSA) regarding Sudan's transitional government's intention to separate state and religion as "lacking clarity," saying it should have declared jihad against the government.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Killing Dozens In One Day In Four Suicide Attacks Near Mogadishu

On April 3, 2021, Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) claimed responsibility for four suicide attacks in Mogadishu and its outskirts.


Al-Shabab Documents Large-Scale Attack On Somalian Forces

On April 5, 2021, an Al-Shabab-affiliated media outlet published a report and a set of images documenting the April 3, 2021 attack perpetrated by Al-Shabab fighters on a Somali Armed Forces base.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram Channels Condemn Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham's (HTS) 'Malicious' Campaign Against 'Independent' Mujahideen, List Names Of Foreign Fighters Arrested By Syrian Jihadi Group

Over the past few days, pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channels have reported that several foreign fighters were arrested in a campaign launched by the Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) on April 4 to target "independent" mujahideen in Idlib.


Al-Qaeda Supporter Says Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Has Achieved Nothing Against U.S. And Cannot Be Compared To Taliban Or Demand Removal From Terror List

On April 6, 2021, a Syria-based Al-Qaeda supporter published two posts on Telegram in which he rejected the argument made by supporters of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) that its leadership is following in the Taliban's footsteps in seeking to have its name removed from the U.S. list of terrorist groups.


Reports In Syria: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Stoned Four People To Death In Idlib On Charges of Adultery and Prostitution

On March 29, 2021, Syrian media operatives opposed to Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) reported that the organization killed four people in Idlib by stoning them to death.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Supporter: The Support Of The West Should Be Enlisted For The Revolution And The West Should Receive The Messages It Wants To Hear

On April 6, 2021, an article published on a Telegram channel which supports Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) reviewed the outbreak of the Syrian revolution and its transformation into an armed revolution.


On Telegram, Jihadis Circulate Video Of Children Training With Live Bullets, Stun Grenades In Camp Allegedly Run By Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS); HTS Denies Involvement: We Forbid The Training Of Children

On March 31, 2021, jihadi Telegram channels published a video showing children, called "young cubs," participating in activities at a training camp for elite forces, allegedly run by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib, Syria.


In New Statement, Syria-Based Group Reiterates Its Independence, Castigates Other Jihadi Groups For Not Fighting Turkish Forces

In a March 28, 2021 "statement of clarification" on Telegram, a jihadi group responsible for several attacks in the Idlib area in recent months, reiterates that it is not affiliated with any other jihadi group.


As Obscure Jihadi Groups Proliferate In Idlib, A New Group Claims Attacks On Turkey-Backed Syrian National Army (SNA)

On April 5, 2021, an independent Syrian jihadi cleric posted a claim by an unknown jihadi group taking credit for three recent attacks targeting the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA).


Syrian Opposition Websites: Pro-Iranian Militias Continue To Smuggle Arms Shipments From Iraq To Eastern Syria

In late March and early April 2021, two Syrian opposition websites reported that arms shipments had been delivered to pro-Iranian militias in eastern Syria.


Leaders Of Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Militias In Iraq: Strategic Dialogue With U.S. Is Pointless; We Will Continue Attacks On U.S. Forces

In recent days, ahead of the Strategic Dialogue between the U.S. and Iraq, scheduled to begin on April 7, 2021, leaders of the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq clarified that they consider the talks to be pointless.


Upon Launch Of Strategic Dialogue Between U.S. And Iraq, Iraqi Militias Continue To Threaten U.S. Forces

Against the backdrop of the new round of strategic dialogue between the U.S. and Iraq, a joint organ of the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq, threatens "focused and painful attacks" against the U.S. forces in Iraq unless a final deadline is set for their withdrawal.


On Telegram, Iran-Backed Iraqi Group Posts Video Accusing U.S. Of Supporting Terrorism, Publishes Poster Depicting U.S. As 'Killing Machine'

On April 5, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia posted a short video in which the group accused the U.S. of supporting terrorism.


As In Previous Years, Jihadi Group In Gaza Relaunches Ramadan Fundraising Campaign To Equip Fighters, Shares Bitcoin Address For Donors

On March 31, 2021, the media outlet of a Gaza-based jihadi group released on its Telegram channel a poster promoting a fundraising campaign.


In Audio Statement, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Emir Vows Revenge Against Pakistani Military For Killings Of Four Youths In Tribal Region

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or the Movement of the Pakistani Taliban) has released an audio speech of its leader addressing the people of Waziristan.

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