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August 25, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1380

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: August 19-26, 2023

August 25, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1380

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 jttmsubs@memri.org with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Releases Statement Condemning Russian Wagner Group Massacres Of Civilians In Mali, Calling On Muslims To Wage Jihad Against Malian Government And Wagner

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On August 22, 2023, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), released a statement in English and Arabic titled "Do You Fear Them? For Allah Is More Worthy That You Should Fear Him if You Are Believers" (Quran 9:13), which condemns the Russian Wagner Group's attacks on Malian civilians and calls on Muslims to wage jihad against the group and the Malian government.

 

EXCLUSIVE: In Interview With Syria-Based Jihadi Journalist, Kabul-Based Woman Raised In Europe Celebrates Second Anniversary Of Taliban Rule, Calls Afghanistan 'Only Free Country,' Hopes For Taliban To Rescind Women's Education Ban 'ASAP'

On August 15, 2023, a podcast hosted by a Turkish-born journalist who is based in Idlib, Syria, announced a "special episode" with a woman currently living in Kabul, Afghanistan. The interview was aired in honor of the second anniversary of the "Taliban's victory in Afghanistan," which occurred on August 15, 2021.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channels Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq: Direct Conflict With U.S. Is 'Closer Than Ever'; The Americans Seek To Take Over Iraq-Syria Border; 'We Will Shake The Ground Under The Occupiers' Feet'

After reporting in the recent weeks about increased movement of U.S. logistical convoys around Iraq and speculating about the possible import of this activity, Telegram channels affiliated with the Iran-backed militias in Iraq continue to threaten the U.S. forces and express a strong desire to target them. Some posts claim that this U.S. activity is part of a focused American plan to take over the border between Iraq and Syria, while others say that a direct conflict with the American forces is inevitable and is "closer than ever."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website Claims New Islamic State (ISIS) Leader, Spokesperson Are Iraqis; 'Mass Pledge Of Allegiance' To New Caliph In Syrian Desert; Disputes Inside ISIS Command Following August 3 Audio By New Spokesperson

On August 19, 2023, the Syrian opposition website Euphrates Post published a report containing "exclusive" information regarding the newly appointed Islamic State (ISIS) caliph, Abu Hafs Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi. Quoting unnamed "exclusive sources," the report claimed that the new caliph is of Iraqi origin.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Siblings Of Al-Qaeda-Linked Pakistani Neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, Who Is Incarcerated In Texas, To Discuss Online Means Of Releasing Her

On August 17, 2023, an online account shared a poster announcing an August 19 a live discussion about the recent efforts to release Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, an Al-Qaeda-linked Pakistani neuroscientist held in a Texas prison for killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Publishes Story Of Lebanese Operative Who Migrated 'Recently' To Iraq And Was Killed Fighting Iraqi, U.S. Forces

An article in Issue 404 of ISIS' weekly newsletter Al-Naba', published August 17, 2023, tells the story of a Lebanese ISIS operative, 'Abd Al-Rahman Moussa Al-Qarahani, aka Abu Ahmad, who came to Iraq "recently" and died in a battle with Iraqi army and U.S. forces.

 

ISIS Weekly Editorial Claims Loyalty To New Leader Embodies 'Strength' Of ISIS's 'Foundation,' Says Fighters Escalated Operations As Demonstration Of Oath, Adherence To Caliphate System

On August 17, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 404 of its weekly newspaper Al-Naba', which included an editorial mocking the Global Coalition's failure to undermine ISIS's foundation, noting that the efforts exerted, and the money spent have "evaporated" before ISIS fighters' adherence to the caliphate as a "divine" system of government.

 

Infographic In Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Claims Hundreds Killed In Dozens Of Attacks In Past Month

On August 17, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 404 of its weekly Al-Naba' newsletter. The issue included an infographic compiling the group's attacks during the Islamic (Hijri) month of Muharram, which approximately coincided with July 19 to August 17, 2023.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Presents Attack On Regime Military Buses In Eastern Syria As Proof Of Syria Province's Pledge Of Allegiance To Organization's New Caliph

On August 11, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that on August 9, its Syria province carried out an attack against two military buses transporting soldiers of the 17th Division of the Syrian Army, in the desert of Deir Al-Zour, killing and injuring dozens.

 

Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Claims Attack On Christian Villages, Killing At Least 20

On August 23, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that on August 21, fighters from its Central Africa Province (ISCAP) attacked gatherings of Christians with various weapons, in villages near Kisanga, in the Beni area of North-Kivu province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting in the killing of at least 20 Christians.

 

Anti-Islamic State (ISIS) Outlet Publishes ISIS Internal Document Discussing Measures Taken To Deal With 'Female Slaves' Who Suffer From AIDS In Group's Mozambique Province – Pro-ISIS Outlet Asserts Authenticity Of Document

On August 16, 2023, an anti-ISIS channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server, published what it claimed to be an internal circular issued by the Al-Karrar Office, which is part of the Islamic State (ISIS) General Directorate of Provinces.

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Outlets Release Posters Urging Muslims To Join Ranks Of Jihad At Home Or Abroad

On August 22, 2023, two media groups that support the Islamic State (ISIS) released posters urging supporters to join the ranks of jihad at home or abroad.

 

On ISIS-Operated Encrypted Chat Server, User Calls For Cyber Ops In Support Of ISIS, Discusses Secure Communication Apps

On August 18, 2023, a user of the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated encrypted Rocket.Chat server published posts in English asking for recommendations for secure chat applications and which apps are used by ISIS members.

 

Prominent Female Islamic State (ISIS) Supporter Defends Legitimacy Of Its Caliphate After Death Of Fourth Leader, Declares All Future Leaders Derive Legitimacy From First Caliph Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

On August 17, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published a Telegram post by a prominent female ISIS supporter defending the organization's legitimacy after the killing of its fourth leader and the appointment of a fifth.

 

Pashtu-Language Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) Book: Afghan Taliban Leader 'Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada Is Not Emir Of All Muslims, And Therefore He Has No Right To Ban Or Allow Jihad In Other Countries,' Pakistan's Government Is Not Islamic

In a Pashtu-language book titled "Balaams and the Prohibition of Jihad against Pakistan's Apostate System," the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) criticizes Pakistan's leading Islamic scholars Maulana Fazlullah and Muhammad Taqi Usmani as well as Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Hibbatullah Akhundzada for rejecting jihad in Pakistan. The book describes Balaam, a figure who is mentioned in both the Torah and the New Testament, as destroyer of people.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Releases Video Documenting Fighters In Military Uniforms Shooting Government Militiamen In Broad Daylight In Mogadishu Streets

On August 6, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that Al-Shabab fighters raided a pro-government militias barracks, in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district, resulting in the killing of three militiamen and the injuring of another.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack Against Mogadishu Local Government Headquarters, Killing And Wounding Dozens

Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate, Al-Shabab, issued a statement claiming responsibility for a suicide operation targeting the headquarters of Somali forces which also houses local government in the capital city of Mogadishu, killing and wounding dozens, including senior officials.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Suicide Attack On Military Base In Mogadishu, Attack On Military Base And Christian Village In Kenya

On August 23, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that Al-Shabab operatives carried out a "sweeping attack" which started with a suicide operation against a pro-Somali government militia base, in Mogadishu's Kaxda district.

 

Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack On Somali Special Forces In Galgaduud Region, Somali Forces Say Attack Was Thwarted

On August 16, 2023, Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate, Al-Shabab, issued a statement claiming responsibility for a suicide attack targeting Somali special forces on the outskirts of the city of Masagaway in Somalia's Galguduud region, which reportedly killed at least 15 soldiers and wounded nine more.

 

Al-Qaeda's Syria Affiliate Hurras Al-Din Demands 'Independent Investigation' Into Alleged Spy Ring Working On Behalf Of U.S-Led Coalition In Northwestern Syria: 'We Have Lost The Best Of Our Brothers Because Of The Betrayal And Treachery Of These Traitors'

On August 23, 2023, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Hurras Al-Din, released a statement demanding an independent investigation into alleged spies for the International Coalition operating in the "liberated areas" of northwestern Syria.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Attacks In Mali And Burkina Faso Targeting Army Forces, Wagner Group

On August 23, 2023, the Al-Zallaqa Foundation, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), released two statements claiming attacks in Mali against the country's army and forces of the Russian Wagner private military company (PMC), as well as in Burkina Faso against that country's military.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Accuses Russian Wagner Group Of 'Massacring' Civilians In Mali's Koulikoro Region As Part Of Malian Government Effort To 'Eliminate Peoples Of The Region'

On August 17, 2023, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), issued a statement accusing the Russian Wagner Group of massacring civilians in Mali's Koulikoro region.

 

Video By Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Calls On Muslims In Sweden To Behead Quran Burner Salwan Momika, 'Massacre' Swedish Security Forces

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On August 17, 2023, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet released a six-minute video following several recent burnings and desecrations of the Quran in Sweden by Salwan Momika, a Sweden-based Iraqi refugee.

 

Prominent Al-Qaeda Supporter Calls On Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Fighters To Rebel Against Its Leadership Or Abandon The Group

On August 21, 2023, a prominent Al-Qaeda supporter published a lengthy post on Telegram inciting Muslims and jihadis in Idlib, Syria to rebel against Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) leader Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani, whom it accused of being an agent working for the U.S.-led Coalition.

 

Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Strips Senior Religious Official Abu Maria Al-Qahtani Of His Duties For his Involvement In 'Security Breach'

On August 17, 2023, Telegram channels affiliated with Idlib-based Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) shared a statement issued by its General Command responding to news reports claiming that HTS has arrested its senior religious official, Iraqi-born Maysarah Al-Jubouri aka Abu Mariyah Al-Qahtani on charges of running an espionage ring within the group.

 

Leader Of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Honors Commando Fighters From 'Red Bands Unit,' Hands Out Pistols As Gifts

On August 22, 2023, a Telegram channel supporting the Idlib-based Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) posted a photoset showing the group's leadership attending a ceremony honoring commando fighters from the group's Al-Asa'ib al-Hamra' ("Red Bands") military unit which specializes in operations behind enemy lines.

 

Anti-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram Channel Reports Arrest Of Senior Commander On Charges Of Collaboration With Recently-Arrested Religious Official Abu Mariyah Al-Qahtani, HTS Supporters Issue Denial

On August 20, 2023, an anti-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel reported that HTS's "first-line commander" and "drug dealer" Jihad 'Issa Al-Sheikh, also known as Abu Ahmad Zakour, was arrested by HTS security forces for having previously partnered with recently-arrested HTS religious official Abu Mariyah Al-Qahtani "in treason and collaboration with the [U.S.-led] coalition [against Islamic State (ISIS)]."

 

Statement Signed By More Than 100 Syrian And Foreign Mujahideen Condemns Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Security Service For Violating 'Honor' By Raiding Homes With Women Inside; HTS Critic Urges Them To Condemn Influence Of 'Collaborator' Al-Qahtani

On August 17, 2023, a statement was published on several Telegram channels affiliated with rebels in Syria's Idlib area, which is controlled by jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). The three-page statement, accompanied by another three pages of signatures by more than a hundred clerics, mujahideen, and rebels, is ascribed to "a group of people with dignity and zealousness for honor inside and outside the liberated areas, and those who support them," and condemns the HTS-linked General Security Service (GSS) for routinely arresting suspects in surprise raids on their homes, heedless of the fact that some women may be inside who are not fully dressed.

 

Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Strips Senior Religious Official Abu Maria Al-Qahtani Of His Duties For his Involvement In 'Security Breach'

On August 17, 2023, Telegram channels affiliated with Idlib-based Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) shared a statement issued by its General Command responding to news reports claiming that HTS has arrested its senior religious official, Iraqi-born Maysarah Al-Jubouri aka Abu Mariyah Al-Qahtani on charges of running an espionage ring within the group.

 

Lebanese Daily: Hizbullah Arms Truck Incident In Beirut May Cause U.S. Forces To Shut Down Iraq-Syria Border; U.S. Steps To Preempt Growing Russian Presence In Syria Poses Threat To Iranian Influence In This Strategic Area

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On August 20, 2023, the online news portal "Asas Media," which opposes Lebanese Hizbullah, published an article titled "The Kahale Truck Carried American Weapons." The piece claimed that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) smuggled weapons to Hizbullah and that the incident may cause the U.S. to shut down the Iraq-Syria border.

 

Syrian Opposition Websites Reveal New Details On Hizbullah's Involvement In Drug Manufacture In Syria, In Coordination With Syrian Regime, And In Smuggling Them Out Of The Country

In the last two weeks, several websites associated with the Syrian opposition revealed new details about the depth of Hizbullah's involvement in the manufacture of drugs on Syrian soil, in coordination with the Syrian regime, and in the smuggling of these drugs out of the country. The reports spoke specifically about the manufacture of Captagon (a popular amphetamine drug) in eastern Syria and in the Damascus area, including a new form of the drug, and about the trafficking of drugs from Syria to Iraq.

 

Syria-Based Suleiman Shah Brigades Reportedly Organize Protests In Afrin Over U.S. Sanctions Designation; Leader Calls Sanctions Irrelevant And U.S. Syria Policy 'Hypocritical'

On August 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned two Syria-based armed opposition groups, the Suleiman Shah Brigade and the Hamza Division, and three of the groups' leaders for being complicit in the commission of serious human rights abuses against the Syrian people.

 

First Issue Of Pashtu-Language Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Magazine 'Sada-i-Taliban' Eulogizes Slain TTP Emir Maulana Fazlullah And Accuses Pakistan Of Supporting 'American Occupation Against The Afghan Muslim Nation As Well As Iraqi Muslims'

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) official media arm Umar Media recently launched a Pashtu-language magazine called Sada-i-Taliban ("Voice of the Taliban"). The cover of the first issue eulogizes TTP's slain emir Maulana Fazlullah, who is described as a martyr and features a lead article evaluating "The position of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on the government officials and oppressive armies of Pakistan."

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