December 16, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1282

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: December 10-17, 2022

December 16, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1282

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 with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Associate, Writer: U.S. Civil War Is Imminent; Indigenous Peoples Should Ally With Oppressed Minorities

On December 9, 2022, an Al-Qaeda associate and writer published an article on his website, arguing that a civil war will erupt in the U.S. ahead of the next elections in 2024.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Tweets Call For Killing Of French President Macron At World Cup Semifinals In Qatar

On December 11, 2022, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, announced that he will travel to the Qatari capital of Doha to attend the semifinal match of the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to take place on December 14, 2022, in which France and Morocco will face off. Following the announcement, jihadi accounts on social media urged that Macron be killed in Doha.


EXCLUSIVE: As FIFA World Cup Continues, Poster By Pro-ISIS Media Group Denounces Soccer As Tool Of 'Jews And Crusaders' To Distract Muslims From Jihad; Calls To 'Kick Their Heads Through The Battlefields'

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On December 9, 2022, the pro-ISIS At-Taqwa Media Foundation released a poster titled "The Arenas of the Summits," depicting an armed ISIS fighter aiming his weapon in the air against the backdrop of the FIFA World Cup symbol.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis Call On Muslims Attending Morocco–France World Cup Semifinal Match In Qatar To Show Their Support For Prophet Muhammad By Shouting Against French President Macron

On December 12, 2022, a Gaza-based jihadi cleric shared a post on his Telegram channel responding to news reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to travel to Doha, Qatar to attend the World Cup semifinal match between France and Morocco.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Editorial: World Cup Part Of Western Scheme Spearheaded By Qatar To Secularize Islam, Hybridize Muslims

On December 11, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet released Issue 27 of "Ibnat Al-Islam" (Daughter of Islam), a women's magazine for Al-Qaeda supporters.


EXCLUSIVE: In Series Of Posters, Telegram Outlet Linked To Iran-Backed Militias Accuses U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Erbil Of Fueling Iranian Protests To Destabilize Iran

A Telegram channel linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq, has been sharing posters accusing the U.S. of destabilizing Iran by supporting the protesters who want to topple the regime.


EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Outlets Linked To Iraqi Militias: 150 Attacks In 2022 Against U.S. Targets In Iraq To Avenge IRGC Commander Qassim Soleimani, PMU Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis

Telegram channels linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq posted content marking the third anniversary of the killing of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani and Iraqi deputy commander of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.


EXCLUSIVE: Islamabad High Court Orders Pakistan's Foreign Office To Take Up Issue Of Release Of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui – Who Is Serving An 86-Year Sentence For Attacking U.S. Military Personnel In Afghanistan – With U.S. Ambassador In Pakistan

On December 7, 2022, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the Foreign Office of Pakistan to take up the issue of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui – a Pakistani national serving an 86-year jail sentence in a Texas prison for attempted murder of American military personnel in Afghanistan – with the U.S. ambassador in Pakistan.


EXCLUSIVE: Saudi-Owned TV Channel: IRGC-Affiliated Airline Company's Tehran-Beirut Flight Possible Route For Smuggling Iranian Equipment, Weapons To Hizbullah

A Saudi-owned TV channel reported on December 8, 2022 that an Iranian privately owned airline company may be using the newly launched Tehran-Beirut route to transfer weapons and sensitive equipment to Lebanese Hizbullah.


ISIS Releases Photos Documenting November 2 Attempted Assassination Of Pakistani Ambassador To Afghanistan In Kabul

On December 8, 2022, the ISIS released Issue 368 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue featured an article and "exclusive" photos documenting an attempt by the Islamic State's Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) to assassinate the Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan in Kabul on November 2, 2022.


ISIS Claims Killing Of 100 Al-Qaeda Operatives, Capture Of Six Others In Mali

On December 14, 2022, the ISIS claimed that on December 7 its fighters in Mali killed 100 Al-Qaeda operatives, wounded dozens more and captured six.


ISIS-Khorasan Claims Attack On Kabul Longan Hotel, Publishes Footage, Photo Of Perpetrators Inside Hotel; Supporters Celebrate Attack, Issue Threats

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On December 12, 2022, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) announced that its operatives in Afghanistan carried out a suicide attack on the Kabul Longan Hotel.


ISIS Sahel Province Fighters Pledge Allegiance To New Caliph In Video

On December 12, 2022 the Islamic State's Sahel Province released a nine-minute video showing its fighters gathering to pledge allegiance to the new ISIS Caliph.


ISIS Releases Photos Of Fighters In Kashmir And Tunisia Pledging Allegiance To New Caliph

On December 7, 2022, the ISIS published photo sets from its India Province and from Tunisia documenting its operatives gathering to perform the bay'ah [oath of allegiance] to the new ISIS leader, known by the alias Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi.


ISIS Weekly Editorial Praises Slain Caliph, Attacks Skeptics – Anti-ISIS Channel Criticizes Editorial, ISIS Appointment Process For New Caliph

On December 8, the ISIS released issue 368 of its weekly magazine Al-Naba'. The magazine's editorial, titled "Let Someone Show of Their Like," is a quote from the November 30 audio message by ISIS official spokesman Abu 'Umar Al-Muhajir titled "They Slay, and are Slain," announcing the death of ISIS leader Abu Al-Hassan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi and the instatement of Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni as the group's new caliph. The title of the editorial is meant to encourage ISIS supporters to display the same virtues and bravery of ISIS' slain caliphs.


Cover Article In Issue 18 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khorasan' Accuses Afghan Taliban Of Betraying Islam, Describes Uraina Tribe's Betrayal Of Islam: 'Prophet [Muhammad] Ordered To Cut Off Their Hands And Knees, Brand Their Eyes With Heated Pieces Of Iron, And Cauterize Their Cut Hands And Legs'

The cover article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khorasan," the English-language jihadi magazine published by the publications arm of the Islamic State's Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) critiques a range of influential people, past and present, accusing them of betraying Islam and weakening the Islamic caliphate throughout the centuries by siding with the non-Islamic powers of the day.


Pro-ISIS Channel Claims Attacks On Christians In Uganda

On December 13, 2022, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel published two videos documenting attacks on Christian villages in Uganda's Ntoroko region, near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on the night between December 12 and December 13.


Pro-ISIS Video Of Jihadis In Philippines: It Is Time ISIS Returns 'Stronger,' Jihadis 'True Representatives Of Islam'

A channel on the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat platform affiliated with an unofficial media outlet of the Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP), which operates in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia, shared a new video praising jihadi activities in the Philippines and stating that it is time for ISIS to return stronger.


ISIS Supporters Celebrate Photos From Lebanon Showing Operatives Pledging Allegiance To New Caliph: 'They Have Always Been There Silently,' Nasrallah Should Leave Lebanon For Tehran

On December 8, 2022, the ISIS published photo sets documenting its operatives in Lebanon gathering to perform the bay'ah [oath of allegiance] to the new ISIS leader, known by the alias Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi.


ISIS Supporters Celebrate Attack On Kabul Hotel Popular With Chinese Nationals, Link Attack To Meeting Between Taliban Officials And Chinese Ambassador

On December 12, 2022, supporters of the ISIS published posts on social media celebrating a reported attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan and speculating that it was planned and carried out by ISIS operatives in Afghanistan.


Australian Pro-ISIS Preacher Holds Conference With Rehab Counselor, Criticizes Palestinian-American DJ's Visit To Saudi Arabia

In recent days, an Australian pro-ISIS preacher has continued his preaching activities in person and on his Telegram channel.


Pro-Rebel Syrian Media Outlets: ISIS Controlled Village In Syrian Desert For A Day, Blocked Damascus-Deir Al-Zour Highway For Hours

On December 13, 2022, a pro-rebel Syrian outlet reported that ISIS operatives took advantage of foggy weather to seize control for several hours over the M20 highway running through the Syrian desert between Damascus and Deir Al-Zour.


Al-Qaeda Sahel Affiliate Releases Video Of Captured Burkinabe Soldier Pleading For His Liberation

On December 14, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the "Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims" (GSIM), released a 30-second video with a speech by a captured Burkinabe soldier.


Syrian Mujahideen Interviewed By Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Group Declare Goal Of Waging Guerrilla Warfare In Regime Territory, Solicit Funds Via Bitcoin

On December 9, 2022 a pro-Al-Qaeda media group published a five-page "Interview with Syria's Mujahideen."


Pro-Al-Qaeda Journalist Reports Infighting Among ISIS Operatives Over Group's Handling Of Caliph's Death, Provides Information On His Identity

On November 30, 2022, an anonymous pro-Al-Qaeda journalist published an article on his blog reporting on alleged infighting within the Islamic State's (ISIS) rank and file over the group's handling of the death of its former caliph.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine: Women And Children Are Not Safe In The West; West Seeks To Exploit Muslim Women And Children By Exporting Its Values To Their Countries

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Issue 27 of the pro-Al-Qaeda women's magazine Ibnat Al-Islam [Daughter of Islam], published on December 11, 2022 by the Bayt Al-Maqdis media group, contains a four-page article titled "Most Victims of the West... Women and Children."


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Shares Repurposed Map Contrasting 'Spread' Of Al-Qaeda, ISIS In Burkina Faso In 2022

On December 8, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet shared a map of Burkina Faso that compared the activity of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), to the activity of the ISIS in the West African country in 2022.


Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Security Forces Claim Arrest Of Traffickers Affiliated With Syrian Regime, Lebanese Hizbullah Smuggling Captagon, Marijuana, Crystal Meth, Counterfeit USD Bills Into Idlib

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On December 10, 2022, authorities backed by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib, Syria announced that its General Security Service (GSS) seized large quantities of narcotics that were being smuggled into the city from territories controlled by the Syrian regime and Lebanese Hizbullah.


Syrian Opposition Website: Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Involved In Training Syrian Armed Forces

On December 13, 2022, a Syrian opposition website based in the UK whose aim is to document human rights abuses in Syria, reported that on December 10 four military experts from the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) arrived at Mezzeh Military Airport, the Syrian Air Force military airbase, in the southwest of the capital, Damascus.



On Twitter, Afghan Taliban's Defense Ministry Posts Photos Of Military Vehicles Including Ambulances And Humvees

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A Twitter account of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) has posted a series of photos of military vehicles that it seized after U.S. and NATO troops withdrew from Afghanistan.


Noted Pakistani Security Analyst Zahid Hussain Examines Implications Of Failed Assassination Attempt On Pakistani Ambassador In Kabul: 'It May Be True That The Taliban Are Serious About Fighting The Islamic State But Refuse To Recognize The Close Connection Between The TTP And ISIS-K'

In a recent article, Pakistani security analyst Zahid Hussain examined the security implications of the December 2, 2022, attack on the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul.


Editorial In Urdu Daily 'Roznama Ummat' Expresses Concern Over Afghan Taliban's Failure To Deny Hideouts To Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) And Other Anti-Pakistan Terror Organizations In Afghanistan

A recent editorial titled "Terror Attacks" in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Ummat, which is a pro-Afghan Taliban daily, expressed concern over attacks by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban's failure to deny the TTP and the anti-Pakistan Baluchi secessionist organizations their hideouts in Afghanistan.  


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