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December 16, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1141

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: December 11 – December 18, 2021

December 16, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1141

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: Afghan Taliban's Trainer Of Suicide Bombers, Now Afghanistan's Deputy Intelligence Chief, Addresses Relatives Of Deceased Suicide Bombers In Kabul, Promises Government Jobs

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Mullah Tajmir Jawad, the Afghan Taliban's trainer of suicide bombers and now deputy chief of the Afghan intelligence agency General Directorate Of Intelligence (GDI), recently addressed a gathering in Kabul of the family members and children of suicide bombers killed in attacks in Afghanistan.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Taliban Jihadi Organization 'Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan' Set To Have Air Force, Conducts First Maneuvers In Balkh Province

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Since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) took over the country in August, media reports have indicated that they have taken control of military hardware left by the U.S. and other NATO member states. Now the jihadi group is set to run the Afghan air force.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban Leader's Decree On Women's Rights Avoids Talking About Women's Inclusion In Government Ministries

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization that seized power in the country on August 15, 2021) has issued a decree that it says is meant to protect women's rights as per shari'a.

 

Boasting Of Recent Attacks On Kurdistan's Peshmerga, ISIS Weekly Notes Iraq's Political Crisis, Threatens More Attacks

The December 10, 2021, Issue 316 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly, Al-Naba', included an editorial celebrating the recent attacks claimed by the group against the "apostate" Iraqi Kurdish forces, the Peshmerga.

 

ISIS Claims Suicide Attack Killing Dozens of Nigerian Soldiers In Northeast Nigeria

On December 14, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) issued a statement on Telegram claiming responsibility for a suicide attack carried out by an ISIS operative on December 11, 2021, which caused dozens of Nigerian Army casualties and material damage.

 

ISIS In Mozambique Intensifies Attacks Against Christians

After it claimed its first two attacks in northeastern Mozambique on November 30, 2021, ISCAP (Islamic State Central Africa Province) continues its attacks against Christian villages in the area.

 

In ISIS-Operated Rocket.Chat Sever, User Shares Video Warning About Enemy Deception On Social Media

On December 12, 2021, a user on the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated Rocket.Chat server shared a video produced by the ISIS media wing which warned the group's supporters to be wary of enemy organizations that attempt to deceive them on social media.

 

Al-Qaeda-Associated Writer: Arab Salafi Jihadi Groups Allied With Israel Against Iran And The Shi'ites, Discredited The Taliban Because They Refused To Join The Alliance

On December 8, 2021, an Al-Qaeda-associated writer published an article arguing that Arab Salafi jihadi groups in the region have allied with Israel against Iran and the Shi'ites.

 

Al-Qaeda Somali Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Deaths Of 40 Kenyan Soldiers In Two-Pronged Attack In Kenya

On December 13, 2021, the official media outlet of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), claimed responsibility for the deaths of 40 Kenyan soldiers killed in attacks perpetrated by Al-Shabab fighters.

 

Al-Qaeda Somali Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Takeover Of Three Towns in Somalia

On December 13, 2021, the official media outlet of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), claimed that Al-Shabab operatives took control of two villages without a fight in central Somalia.

 

Al-Qaeda's Somali Affiliate Al-Shabab Releases Video Documenting Attack On Checkpoint Of 'Apostate Militias' In Somalia's Lower Shabelle Region

On December 14, 2021, the media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), released a five-minute video documenting a "raid on the apostate militias' checkpoint in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.

 

Al-Shabab Media Wing Releases Video To Recruit Fighters From East African Countries

On December 10, 2021, the media wing of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), released a nine-minute video clip with the English title, "Inspire the Believers 7."

 

Article In October 2021 Issue Of Al-Qaeda Magazine 'Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind': 'It Is The Responsibility Of The Indian Muslims To Come Into Action... Head Toward Jihadi Fields And Camps, Get Jihadi Training, And Wage Jihad Against The Oppressor Polytheists To Safeguard Their Belief, Faith, Honor And Dignity'

An article titled "Join The Battle Of India" in the latest issue of Urdu-language Al-Qaeda magazine "Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind" ("Voice Of The Battle Of India") calls upon Indian Muslims to join the jihad, arguing that only the indigenous people of India can initiate the jihad, and others may support them.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Publishes Open Letter Penned By Indian Muslim Requesting Support To Wage Jihad in India

On December 8, 2021, an Al-Qaeda-aligned media outlet published an open letter, said to be from an anonymous Indian Muslim, addressed to the leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in south Asia.

 

New Military College In Idlib Publishes Photos From First Officers' Course

On December 12, 2021, the new military college that was recently established in northern Syria, in Idlib, by the local HTS-backed Syrian Salvation Government (SSG) published a series of photographs which depict participants in its first officers' course.

 

Jihadi Magazine Criticizes Ruling Organizations In Syria's Rebel-Held Areas For Adopting Regime's Ways

On December 12, 2021, the Telegram channel of a monthly magazine published by independent, anti-Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) jihadi clerics in the Idlib region, released its issue 31.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Opponents: HTS Was Party To Russia's Attempted Assassination Of Chechen Commander

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Several Syrian jihadi Telegram channels have reported that on December 11, 2021, the Russian Air Force attacked the home of a Chechen jihadi commander west of Idlib.

 

American-Born Jihadi Journalist Interviews The Wives Of Two Syrian Men Reportedly Detained By Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)

On December 9, 2021, a media outlet founded by an American jihadi journalist published a video in English and Arabic highlighting the case of two men reportedly detained by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), featuring interviews with their wives.

 

Video By Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Supporter Praises HTS General Security Service, Compares U.S. Jihadi Journalist And Former HTS Official With Slain ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi, Says They Promote Chaos To Seek Leadership Positions

On December 11, 2021, a pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram user, posted a video that praised the HTS-linked General Security Service for its efforts in tracking down HTS's opponents.

 

Iran-Backed Militia Claims Responsibility For IED Attack On U.S. Logistic Convoy In Southern Iraq

On December 14, 2021, an Iran-backed militia in Iraq, claimed responsibility for an IED attack on a U.S. logistic convoy in southern Iraq.

 

Armed Shi'ite Group Threatens To Attack American Military Convoys In Kuwait

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As the end of the year 2021 approaches, and with it the December 31 deadline set by the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq for the withdrawal of all American troops from the country, the militias are escalating their attacks against the U.S. forces.

 

Iraqi Shi'ite Cleric Launches 'Religious, Doctrinal, Moral Project' To Counter Ideas Seeking To Drive Muslim Youths Away From Islam

On December 15, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with an Iran-backed militia published a handwritten announcement by a populist Iraqi Shi'ite cleric in which he announced the launch of a six-month campaign to encourage mosques across Iraq to hold religious events to counter ideas alien to Islam among Muslim youths.

 

Jihadi Ideologue Defends Taliban Against Charges of Apostasy; Claims Their Conduct Is Similar To Tactics Of The Prophet

During the month of December 2021, a Jordan-based Salafi-jihadi ideologue published a series of articles about the Taliban titled, "Responses to Suspicions of Extremists Regarding the Taliban Emirate."

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