August 19, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1092

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: August 14 – 21, 2021

August 19, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1092

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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Afghan Taliban's Official Statements Issued On The Day Kabul Fell

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On August 15, 2021, when the Taliban mujahideen began pouring into the city of Kabul and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was hours from fleeing the country, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) published two statements on its official website.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Congratulates Taliban On 'Blessed Victory' In Afghanistan, Hails Them For Not Abandoning Al-Qaeda 'Brothers,' Urges Them To Implement Shari'a

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On August 18, 2021, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a statement congratulating the Afghan Taliban for their "blessed victory" in Afghanistan, hailing their role in protecting Al-Qaeda, and urging them to implement Allah's shari'a in the country.


Al-Qaeda-Aligned Kurdish Battalions In Iran, Iraq Congratulate The Taliban: You Forced Biden To Acknowledge That Afghanistan Is Graveyard Of Empires

On August 17, 2021, the Al-Qaeda affiliate Kurdistan Battalions in Iran and Iraq issued a statement commenting on the Taliban's takeover of Kabul following the U.S. withdrawal.


Pro- Al-Qaeda Outlet Congratulates Taliban For Defeating 'America's Massive Military Arsenal,' Salutes Al-Qaeda Affiliates For Making 'The Islamic Caliphate More Tangible Than Ever'

On August 17, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet released a statement on Telegram regarding the recent developments in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal from the country and the Taliban's takeover.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Thabat Magazine Glorifies Recent Taliban Gains In Afghanistan Following U.S. Withdrawal

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Issue 29 of the Thabat weekly magazine (August 13, 2021), which is published by the pro-Al-Qaeda Thabat News Agency, glorifies the recent military gains of the Taliban in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the American forces from the country.


Article In Pro-Al-Qaeda Weekly: U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Bursts Its Bubble As The World's Strongest Superpower

An article published on August 7, 2021 in a magazine published by the pro-Al-Qaeda Thabat News Agency, titled "America the Bubble of the Current Era" claims that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has put paid to the image that the U.S. had created for itself as the world's strongest superpower.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Congratulates The Taliban, Afghan People For Liberating Afghanistan From 'Occupation And Its Allies,' Urges International Community To Side With Nations Against Oppressors

On August 18, 2021, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a statement congratulating the Taliban and the Afghan people for liberating Afghanistan from the "occupation and its allies," urging the international community to side with nations, not their oppressors.


Council For Displaced Syrians Congratulates Taliban, Calls On U.S. To Reconsider Its Policies In The Region

On August 18, 2021, the Civilian Council of Displaced People of Al-Sharqiyah, a pro-rebel faction organization released a statement congratulating the Taliban for "scoring a mighty victory which pleased the hearts of Muslims all over the world."



Syria-Based Tansiqat Al-Jihad Congratulates Taliban On Victory In Afghanistan, Urges Jihadi Groups Elsewhere Never To Give Up

On August 16, 2021, the Syria-based Jihadi faction Tansiqat Al-Jihad (The Coordination of Jihad in Syria) issued a statement congratulating the Taliban on its progress in Afghanistan.


Syrian Jihadis, Al-Qaeda Supporters Celebrate Afghan Taliban's Takeovers Of Prisons And Presidential Palace, Compare Evacuation Of U.S. Embassy In Kabul To Exit From Vietnam

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Jihadis outside Afghanistan, among them pro-Al-Qaeda clerics, supporters of Al-Qaeda, and Syrian jihadis, including members of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), celebrated reports of the Taliban's advances in Afghanistan.


Foreign Fighters In Syria Express Support For Taliban And Their Victory In Afghanistan

The Taliban victory in Afghanistan and their takeover of the country in a very short period of time sparked a wave of responses and congratulations from numerous jihadi organizations across the world who view the movement as a role model and proof of the efficacy of the path of jihad – even if it involves ongoing struggle and an abundance of victims.


Al-Qaeda-Aligned Foreign Fighters In Syria: The Taliban Is A Model Of Devotion And Fortitude

On August 17, 2021 an Idlib-based jihadi group which consists of French-speaking foreign fighters aligned with Al-Qaeda, issued a statement congratulating the Taliban's fighters on their "manifested victory" in Afghanistan.


Five Media Outlets Affiliated With Al-Qaeda Congratulate Taliban For Victory In Afghanistan, Wish Them Success "For The Sake Of The Islamic Nation"

On August 16, 2021, several pro-Al-Qaeda media outlets released a joint statement congratulating Taliban for their "victory" in Afghanistan.


Jihadi Clerics, Al-Qaeda Supporters Continue Celebrating Taliban Taking Over Afghanistan As HTS Supporters Relaunch Recruitment Campaign Urging Syrians To Follow In Taliban's Footsteps

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Following reports of the Taliban's capture of the Afghan capital Kabul, which has been widely celebrated by jihadis and jihadi clerics online, the Syria-based Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) launched a recruitment campaign urging Syrians to copy the Taliban's example if they wish to experience the victory attained by the Taliban.


English-Speaking Jihadis Discuss Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan; ISIS Supporters Remain Skeptical: The Taliban Are 'No Different Than Cross Worshippers'; They Are Not The Same People 'Who Fought Alongside Sheikh Osama [Bin Laden]'

English-speaking jihadis, largely from the West, are commenting on the takeover of Afghanistan by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban).


Al-Qaeda Supporter Celebrates Afghan Taliban's Return To Kabul, Vows Mujahideen Will Conquer All Islamic Capitals And Capture Rome

In two August 15, 2021 Telegram posts, a prominent Al-Qaeda supporter celebrated the Taliban's return to Kabul, declaring that mujahideen will conquer the capitals of all Muslim countries and then capture Rome.


Jihadis Rejoice At Distressing Scenes Of Afghan Civilians At Kabul Airport, Warns All Local Contractors For U.S. Forces In The Region: This Will Be Your Fate

On August 16, 2021, several videos circulated across social media platforms showing a stampede of Afghan civilians rushing to board a plane at Kabul airport. Videos showed Afghan interpreters and contractors who worked for the U.S. elbowing and shoving each other in an attempt to board a U.S. Air Force plane, with some civilians clinging to the exterior of a plane and dropping to their deaths.


On Telegram, Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias Warn Iraqis: The U.S. Will Abandon You, Just As They Are Abandoning Afghans

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On August 16, 2021, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq posted extensive coverage of the situation in Kabul following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban's takeover of the capital.


ISIS Claims Deaths Of Two Soldiers In Ambush Of Nigerian Army Convoy In Borno State

On August 11, 2021, the Islamic State's (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a minute-long video clip documenting an ambush its operatives laid for a Nigerian Army convoy on August 1.


Following Capture Of Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Stronghold In Mozambique, Pro-ISIS Media Groups Declare War On Rwanda

On August 8, 2021, joint Mozambican and Rwandan forces captured the strategic port city of Mocímboa da Praia in northeastern Mozambique from insurgents affiliated with the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), after the city had been a "major stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years," according to a tweet by the Rwandan Defence Forces.


ISIS Supporters Spin Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Withdrawal From Mozambique Stronghold As Tactical Decision, Threaten To Punish Rwanda For Initiating War Against ISIS

On August 8, 2021, the Rwanda Defence Force reported in a tweet that "the port city of Mocímboa da Praia, a major stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years, has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces."


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlets Celebrate Taliban's Seizure Of Helicopter, American- And Iranian-Made Drones

On August 12, 2021, an Al-Qaeda supporter shared on Telegram a photo of what he said was a brand-new U.S. drone that Taliban fighters had seized in Afghanistan.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Celebrates Terrorist Designation Of ISIS Leader In Mozambique, Calls Him 'The King Of The Forest'

On August 6, 2021, the U.S. State Department named Bonomade Machude Omar a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).


Iraqi Shi'ite Group Vows To Increase Attacks On U.S. Convoys On Ashura Day

On August 15, 2021 a pro-Iranian group involved in attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq released a statement on its Telegram channel in which it threatened to increase its operations against the American forces' supply convoys on August 17 and 18, 2021, which coincide with the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram.


Stepping Up Attacks On U.S. Targets In Iraq, Shi'ite Groups Claims Seven Operations Against American 'Occupation' Convoys

On August 17, 2021, two pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq carried out a total of seven attacks targeting U.S. military convoys in Iraq.


Following Assassination Of PMU Commander In Turkish Attack In Iraq, Shi'ite Militias Threaten Harsh Revenge Against Turks, Condemn Iraqi Premier

On the afternoon of August 16, 2021, Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization Units, PMU) announced that Sai'id Hassan Sa'id, commander of Battalion 80 of the Yazidi force for the defense of the Sinjar Mountains, which is subordinate to PMU, "was killed in an unidentified drone attack" in the Sinjar District in the northwest of the Nineveh Governorate.


Telegram Channels Affiliated With Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Publish Graphics Showing PM Al-Kadhimi Fleeing Iraq By Clinging To Airplane, Imagine Headline: 'America Evacuates Baghdad Embassy'

On August 17, 2021, Telegram channels that support the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq released posters depicting a hypothetical evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and Iraqi leaders, including Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, clinging to the exterior of aircraft as they flee Iraq.


Al-Shabab Radio Condemns Turkey For Its Military Support To Somali Government, Says It Has Not Learned From U.S. Experience In Afghanistan

On August 17, 2021 a website affiliated with the Somalia-based jihadi group Al-Shabab, published a report condemning the Turkish government for providing military support to the Somali government for its fight against Al-Shabab.


ISIS Editorial Describes Syria's Deserts As 'Paradise' For Believers, 'Hell' For Their Enemies; Urges Fighters To Remain Steadfast On The Path Of Jihad

On August 12, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 299 of its weekly newspaper Al-Naba', which included an editorial praising ISIS fighters in Syria's deserts, describing these regions as "paradise" for believers and "hell" for the organization's enemies, including the Syrian, Russian, and Iranian forces and their militias.


Front Page Article In Issue 19 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Lists India-Related Social Media Accounts, Says: 'The Khilafah Understands The Importance Of Media As Well As Military In This War Of Truth And Falsehood'

The front page article in the latest issue of Swat Al-Hind (the Voice of India), a magazine published by the supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in India, discusses the importance of the use of social media in addition to military force in waging jihad.


Lead Article In Issue 19 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Asks Muslims To Withdraw Loyalty To UN, Says: 'Whoever Refuses To... [Live By Islam] Ceases His Right To Live On Earth, As Declared By Prophet [Muhammad]'

In a lead article, the latest issue of Swat Al-Hind ("The Voice of India"), a magazine published by supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in India, declares the formation of the United Nations and the adoption of man-made constitutions by different countries to be counter to the teachings of the Koran and Islamic traditions.


Indian Daily: Large Number Of Jihadis Belonging To Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT And Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) Entered Kabul Carrying Afghan Taliban Flag      

After the Afghan Taliban jihadis entered Kabul, and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, a large number of mujahideen belonging to Pakistani jihadi groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) entered the Afghan capital, according to a leading Indian newspaper.


Third Issue Of Pro-ISIS Monthly Magazine Distributed On Facebook

On August 17, 2021, the third issue of a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) magazine was posted on Facebook. On the following day, the magazine was also posted on several pro-ISIS Telegram accounts.


Threatening Taliban, Pro-ISIS Media Group Highlights Collapse Of Afghan Army, Says ISKP Fighters Now To Fight 'Apostate' Group Only

On August 16, 2021, a pro-Islamic State media group released a poster stating that the situation of the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) fighters in Afghanistan is good "especially from the military perspective."


Pro-ISIS Cyber Group Warns Supporters About Attempts To Hack Websites

On August 11, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet, a prominent disseminator of cyber security information, published an article titled, "Security Threats: Hacking Websites and Ways to counter [this Threat]."


ISIS Supporters Eulogize As Martyr Former Governor Of Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Killed By Afghan Taliban, Declare ISKP Will Defeat Taliban

On August 16, 2021, media sources reported that the former wali or governor of the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), was killed in the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul after it was captured by the Afghan Taliban.


Syrian Opposition Website: Lebanese Hizbullah Has Taken Control Of Three Oil Wells In Syria's Homs

On August 10, 2021, a Syrian opposition website, published a report claiming that fighters from Lebanese Hizbullah, supported by Russia-backed militias and Syrian military forces, took control of an oilfield near Homs.


Lebanese Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah Calls On Supporters To Use Social Media To Defend Resistance, Counter The Enemy's Psychological Warfare

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On August 11, 2021, Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Lebanese Hizbullah, warned of psychological warfare against resistance factions in Lebanon and elsewhere, stressing that there should be an effort to expose it.


Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Denies Involvement In 'Terrorist' Attack That Killed Nine Chinese Workers In Pakistan, Says: 'We Have No Problem With The Chinese Nor With China'

On August 13, 2021, the spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (The Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) released a statement denying the group's involvement in the July 14, 2021 attack that killed nine Chinese workers and four others near a hydroelectric project in Dasu, a remote town north of the capital, Islamabad.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Instagram User Promotes Taliban Messaging, Fundraiser For Men Found Guilty Of Planning ISIS-Inspired UK Attack

An Instagram user shares videos that celebrate Taliban attacks and conquests.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Canadian Man Promotes Jihadi Content, Calls For Establishment Of Caliphate, Supports Jihad Against Israel On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

A Canadian man posts content from jihadi preachers and writes messages in support of the unification of the ummah under a caliphate.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): UK Muslim Convert Promotes Jihadi Clerics On Twitter

A UK woman tweeted messages from prominent jihadi preachers.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): UK Man Calls For Mobilization Of Muslim Armies For Jihad Against Israel, Discusses Nuclear War And The Establishment Of Khilafa

A UK Instagram user posts about the "liberation" of Palestine from the "Zionist entity" through armed jihad. He's made multiple posts and videos discussing how Muslim armies are "obligated" to go to war against Israel.

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