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May 5, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1199

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: April 30 - May 7, 2022

May 5, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1199

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: Twitter Profile Of Baloch Liberation Front's (BLA) First Female Suicide Bomber Who Killed Chinese Academics At Karachi University Reveals Bomber Had Two Children, Multiple Graduate Degrees; Quoted Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Others

Shari Baloch aka Bramsh – the woman who blew herself up on April 26, 2022, in an attack killing three Chinese academics and their Pakistani driver on the campus of the Karachi University – joined Twitter in December 2021. The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a non-jihadi secessionist group in Baluchistan that claimed the April 26 attack, named Shari Baloch of the BLA's Majeed Brigade as the fidayee (i.e., martyrdom-seeking) bomber.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Video Featuring Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Lashes Out At Muslims Who Became Atheists, Criticizes West For Trying To Reform The Muslim World

On April 29, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda Central Command released the sixth episode of a preaching series featuring Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Continuing Theme Of 2019 Video, Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Compares Kashmir To Palestine, Calls For Muslims Across Indian Subcontinent To Wage Jihad On India

On May 2, 2022, the official outlet of Al-Qaeda Central Command, released a 47-minute video of the organization's leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, titled "Kashmir and Palestine: A Recurring Tragedy."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Publishes Photos Of Leader Al-Joulani's Pre-Eid Visit To Marketplace; Opponents Mock Them As Attempt To Depict Him As A Statesman Like Ukrainian President Zelensky

On May 2, 2022, a pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram user posted a series of "exclusive" photos documenting the visit by HTS leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani to the markets of Idlib to "evaluate Muslims' affairs" on the last day of the fasting month of Ramadan.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Hizbullah Brigades Official Claims U.S. Forces Conducted Covert Operation In Diyala, Iraq; Local Media Claims Operation Targeted Iranians Involved In Smuggling Drones Into Iraq

On April 27, 2022, a senior commander in the Iran-backed militia Kata'ib Hizbullah in Iraq published a statement on Telegram urging supporters of the "axis of resistance" to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinian people to mark Al-Quds Day.

 

ISIS Claims It Opened Fire On U.S. Convoy In Eastern Syria

Issue 336 of Al-Naba', the official weekly magazine of the Islamic State (ISIS), dated April 28, 2022, includes a claim that the organization's fighters shot at a U.S. convoy in eastern Syria, as part of the ongoing "Campaign of Revenge for the Two Sheikhs."

 

ISIS Sinai: Israel's Assistance To Egyptian Forces Hinders Operatives' Freedom Of Movement

The April 28, 2022 issue 336 of the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Naba' weekly includes a report of the alleged operations carried out over the previous week by "a small force" of ISIS operatives against militias loyal to the Egyptian Army in the village near Rafah, in the far northeast of the Sinai Peninsula.

 

ISIS Weekly Editorial Incites Violent Jihad To Restore Glory Of Islam; Suggests Shooting, Poisoning, Strangling, And Drowning Unbelievers Wherever Possible

On April 28, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 336 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue's feature editorial, titled "Jihad, Oh Ummah Of Jihad," aimed to incite Muslims to violence by stressing the necessity of waging jihad for the survival of the Islamic community.

 

ISIS Releases Footage, Photosets Showing Fighters Operating Checkpoints On International Highway In Anbar, Iraq

On April 28, 2022 A'maq News Agency, the media arm of the Islamic State (ISIS) released footage showing fighters operating a security checkpoint on the international highway in Al-Anbar Governorate, Iraq.

 

Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Threatens Sinai Tribal Militias Who Ally With Egyptian Army Against ISIS

On April 28, 2022 a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a lengthy post addressing tribes in the Sinai, warning them not to join the Egyptian army's campaign against ISIS in Sinai.

 

In Light Of Visit To Riyadh By Turkish President Erdoğan, Pro-ISIS Media Foundation Mocks Him As 'Devious,' 'Self-Interested,' Argues Apathy Among Muslim Brotherhood Followers Has Become 'Rampant'

On May 4, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published a short article criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood and their "master," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for "normalizing" ties with Israel and "selling out" Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated in the Saudi embassy in Turkey, for "personal gain."

 

Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Discusses Group's Potential 'Expansion' In Nigeria, Lists Areas To Be Attacked, Claims Western Military Intervention 'Unlikely'

On April 30, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel posted a series of questions and answers about ISIS's presence in Nigeria and its neighboring regions, as well as the possibility of territorial expansion and the scope of the West's involvement.

 

Coverpage Article In Issue Four Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Stresses Hijra And Martyrdom, Says: 'Today Hijra, And Jihad, Has Become Incumbent Upon Every Able Individual'

The latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," the English-language monthly magazine published by the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province, advocates jihad and hijra (i.e., travel to areas in which ISIS is fighting) and urges Muslims to follow the path of jihad.

 

Launching New TikTok Account, Australian Pro-ISIS Preacher Calls For Releasing Muslim Prisoners Charged With Terrorism, Establishing A Caliphate; Fundraises For Islamic Center In Benin

On May 4, 2022, an Australian pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher who is a central figure in the Salafi and jihadi community in Australia and more broadly among English-speaking jihadis on social media, published a post on his Telegram channel promoting his new account on TikTok.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Claims Involvement In Prison Break From Central Jail In Hadhramaut, Yemen

On April 27, 2022, one of the media arms of Al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) published an official statement claiming that AQAP operatives were involved in the freeing of "Muslim prisoners" from a jail in Yemen's Hadhramaut region.

 

Somali Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Wide-Ranging Attack On New African Coalition Forces in Somalia

On May 3, 2022, the official media outlet of Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) claimed responsibility for the largest operation to date against The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) in the center of Somalia.

 

Al-Shabab Video Glorifies Attacks In Somalia, Pays Homage To Attacks Against West, Israel

On May 2, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate, Al-Shabab, released a 30-minute video chronicling the operations of the group's Muhammad bin Muslima Brigade, as well as paying homage to high-profile terrorist attacks in the West and Israel, including the September 11 attacks, the 2015 Charlie Heboo shooting, and recent terrorist attacks in Beersheba and Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Prominent Al-Qaeda Supporter Quits 'Media Jihad,' Praises 'Resoluteness Of Brethren' In Jerusalem

On April 24, 2022, a prominent Al-Qaeda supporter published a post on Telegram announcing that he is quitting "media jihad" indefinitely and reminding the jihadi community that "America is the primary enemy."

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Publishes First Issue Of French-Language Magazine

On May 1, 2022, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated French-language media outlet released the first issue of a new French-language magazine, "Manhaj," which runs 52 pages and is titled "Awareness or First Step on the Way." On the cover, the publication describes itself as a "magazine for raising the awareness of the French-speaking Muslim community."

 

Turkestan Islamic Party In Syria (TIP) Video Shows Commander Congratulating Fighters On Eid; Photos Show Fighters, Families Celebrating

On May 2, 2022 the website of the Turkestan Islamic Party In Syria (TIP) published a 4.5-minute video showing a TIP military wing commander delivering an Eid Al-Fitr lecture in the Uyghur language, with no translation provided.

                                                      

Issue Six Of English-Language Magazine By New Jihadi Group Includes Tips For 'Lone Wolves,' Calls For Muslims To Avenge Rape Of Women Prisoners

On May 1, 2022, a user of an Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server posted the sixth issue of "O Mujahideen in the West" magazine. This most recent issue, whose release coincides with the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, is 44 pages long, significantly longer than previous issues, which have been under ten pages each.

 

Iran-Backed Group Claims Rocket Attack On Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

On April 30, 2022, an Iran-backed Iraqi group claimed responsibility for firing two 122 mm "Grad" rockets (BM-21 "Grad") at the Ayn Al Asad Airbase in Iraq.

 

Al-Nujaba Movement Threatens Retaliation Against Countries That Normalize Relations With Israel

On April 29, 2022, the Iran-backed, Iraqi Shi'ite Al-Nujaba Movement posted an official statement on its Telegram channel to mark Qods Day, in which it asserts that the issue of "occupied Palestine" pertains to the entire ummah and that "the stolen rights will be restored by force."

 

In Week Ending April 24, 2022, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Killed Over A Dozen Soldiers In North And South Waziristan, Policemen and Alleged Spies In Other Tribal Districts

This report will review details of attacks claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) during the week ending April 24, 2022.

 

Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan (IEA), Which Issued False Statements In Name Of Mohammad Omar For Years After He Had Died, Issues Eid-ul-Fitr Statement In Name Of Leader Hibbatullah Akhundzada, Who It Cannot Prove Is Alive

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

On April 29, 2022, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban jihadi organization that took over Afghanistan in August 2021) issued a statement from its emir Mullah Hibbatullah Akhundzada greeting Afghans and Muslims around the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It was celebrated in Afghanistan on May 2, 2022.

 

Article In Issue 5 Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Criticizes Israel-India Ties: 'Today We Are Seeing The Tawagheet [Tyrants] Ruling Over Our Lands Proclaiming Islam Yet Hastening To Befriend Enemies Of Islam, Especially The Hindus And The Jews'

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

A key article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," the English-language monthly magazine published the official media outlet of the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province, criticizes the governments of Muslim-majority countries that are normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel and accuses them of befriending India despite atrocities committed against the Muslim minority by Hindu extremists in India.

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