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December 22, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1286

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: December 17-24, 2022

December 22, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1286

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: Exploiting Unrest In Jordan, ISIS Supporter Calls On Protesters To Wage Jihad Against Hashemite Kingdom's 'Evil Filthy Regime'

On December 16, 2022, a supporter of the ISIS shared a post on ISIS-operated server on Rocket Chat, discussing the protests against rising fuel prices which erupted in several Jordanian cities, including Maan. During one of the protests, a senior police officer was gunned down.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Amid Jordan Unrest, ISIS Supporters Fan Flames Of Jihad, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Senior Official Condemns Pro-Al-Qaeda Ideologue's 'Silence' And Siding With King Abdullah

As protests against rising fuel prices have broken out in several Jordanian cities, pro-ISIS jihadis have continued to promote posts urging protesters to increase violence and wage jihad to address their problems. The protests in Jordan have also revived religious disputes between officials and supporters of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which severed its ties with Al-Qaeda in 2016, and pro-Al-Qaeda loyalist clerics.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Australian Preacher, Canada-Based Pro-Al-Qaeda Ideologue Decry Linking Islamic Issues To World Cup Tournament, Criticize 'Football Clerics' For 'Lowering Value Of Faith'

During the final stages of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with Morocco's arrival at the semi-finals and failure to qualify for the final, pro-ISIS and pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi clerics shared posts criticizing other fellow clerics and common Muslims for characterizing and misinterpreting Morocco's advancement as an achievement for Islam and Muslims.

 

English-Language Preaching Project Associated With Michigan-Based Pro-ISIS Cleric Describes Its Efforts To Circumvent YouTube Censorship, Embrace Odysee Platform

An English-language Telegram channel believed to be operated by a British jihadi preacher primarily shares videos and posts by a Michigan-based pro-ISIS preacher. On November 30, 2022, the project published a long post on its Telegram channel claiming that YouTube's limiting of "almost all of our videos" is a blessing, as it "purifies our intentions."

 

WARNING — GRAPHIC: ISIS And Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Issue Conflicting Claims Of Clashes Against Each Other In Southern Mali, Reportedly Killing Dozens

On December 14, 2022, the Islamic State's (ISIS) Sahel Province claimed it had killed more than 100 members of the "apostate Al-Qaeda militia" in clashes lasting several hours near the village of Tagalelt, in Mali's Ménaka Region, near the border with Niger.

 

ISIS Weekly Provides New Details On Kabul Longan Hotel Attack, Accuses Taliban Of Failing To Protect The 'Communists'

On December 15, the ISIS released issue 369 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue featured an article providing additional details on a December 12 ISIS suicide attack on the Longan Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in at least 30 casualties.

 

ISIS Weekly Editorial: Kabul Hotel Attack Launched 'Process' Of Avenging Uyghurs; Attacks On Hindus Inside India Are Pending; ISIS 'Makes Words Match Actions'

Issue 369 of Al-Naba', the official weekly newsletter of the ISIS, dated December 16, 2022, contained an editorial titled "Why Do You Say One Thing And Do Another," which criticized "tyrant rulers" in the region for failing to help Muslims and exploiting their grievances in pursuit of their own political and partisan agendas.

 

ISIS In Iraq Releases Video Vowing 'Unending' War On 'Unbelievers,' 'Hypocrites'

On December 15, 2022, ISIS's Iraq Province released an eight-minute and 34-second video showing a local commander saying that ISIS's jihad is ongoing, even when its leaders die, and threatening that the war against the Christians and the Jews and "their quislings" will be unending.

 

ISIS Syria Province Fighters Pledge Allegiance To New Caliph In Video

On December 19, 2022, the Islamic State's Syria Province released a video documenting its fighters pledging their allegiance (bay'ah) to the new ISIS Caliph, Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi.

 

ISIS Khurasan And Somalia Province Fighters Pledge Allegiance To New Caliph In Videos

Over the past few days, two more ISIS provinces issued videos pledging their allegiance (bay'ah) to new Caliph Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi.

 

Islamic State East Asia Province Fighters (ISEAP) Pledge Allegiance To New ISIS Caliph

On December 17, 2022 The Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP) released a photo set showing its fighters in the Philippines pledging allegiance to new ISIS Caliph Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi.

 

In Video, ISIS Pakistan Province Fighters Pledge Allegiance To New Caliph

On December 20, 2022, the Islamic State's (ISIS) Pakistan province released a six-and-a-half- minute video documenting its fighters pledging allegiance (bay'ah) to new ISIS Caliph Abu Al-Husayn Al_Husayini Al-Qurashi.

 

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 of 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 Media Foundation Releases Video Summarizing ISIS Operations Under Late Caliph Abu Al-Hasan, Claims A Total Of Over 1,500

On December 20, a pro-ISIS channel on the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server shared a link to an 11-minute video titled "Those are My Commanders," produced by a pro-ISIS outlet.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Group Releases Video Highlighting ISIS 'Revenge' Operations Against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Calls To Free ISIS Prisoners In SDF-Run Camps

On December 20, 2022, a pro-ISIS outlet released a 15-minute video titled "In Revenge for the Chaste Women," highlighting the obligation to free ISIS prisoners detained in Syrian camps run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and containing footage of ISIS operations against the SDF, including the Ghuwayran prison break.

 

Al-Qaeda In Yemen Claims Responsibility For IED, Landmine Attack On UAE-Backed Forces In Yemen's Shabwa Governorate

On December 21, 2022, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), claimed responsibility for an attack on UAE-backed forces in Yemen's Abyan Governorate, which reportedly killed and wounded five soldiers.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Media Arm Launches New Website

On December 17, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced the launch of its new website. The website includes official media material such as videos, statements, announcements, claims of responsibility, lectures and posters eulogizing AQAP martyrs.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Channel Shares Tips On Safe Use Of Mobile Phones To Avoid Tracking By Security Forces

A pro-Al-Qaeda outlet released the first issue of its bulletin, posting about it on Telegram on December 21, with a long post expanding on one of the bulletin's articles concerning the safe use of mobile phones.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Publishes First Issue Of Its Bulletin, Focusing On Strengthening Media Jihad Against Counterterrorism Efforts

On December 19, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet published the first issue of a bulletin focusing on a counterterrorism institute, the reason behind its founding, its objectives, and the role jihad supporters online can play in countering such "projects."

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Video Exposes Alleged 'Extremist' Network Responsible For Attacks On Turkish Forces, HTS; Features Confessions Of Dozens Of Detainees

On December 20, 2022, The Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-linked General Security Services (GSS) released a 33-minute video on Telegram, YouTube, and Facebook which featured confessions by a group of so-called extremists, who detailed operations they allegedly carried out against Turkish forces, HTS, and other rebel factions in northwest Syria.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Al-Joulani, Salvation Government Launch 'Warm In Winter' Campaign, Opponents Mock Campaign Saying Some Stolen Money Given Back

On December 15, 2022, several Telegram channels affiliated with Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the HTS-backed Syrian Salvation Government (SSG) reported the launch of a "Warm In Winter" campaign to provide heating supplies and cash aid to displaced people living in camps across the Idlib and surrounding region in northern Syria.

 

On YouTube, New Syria-Based Uzbek Tactical Group Provides Training In Automatic Weapons

On December 17, 2022, a new media group that provides multimedia tactical training in Uzbek, released a 13-minute video on YouTube titled "Automatic Repairs," which instructs viewers on the handling and use of automatic weaponry.

 

Videos By Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Seek To Recruit Uyghur Muslims To Join Group In Syria, Declare Jihad Only Solution To Chinese Oppression

Recently, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a group of Uyghur mujahideen from the China-controlled Xinjiang Province, also known as East Turkestan, released two videos in the Uyghur language via its official media outlet.

 

Syrian Jihadi Telegram Outlet: Qatar Accentuated Arab Hierarchy Over Western FIFA World Cup, Smashed LGBT Culture, Fooled U.S. And Israel, Continues To Fund Hamas, Syrian Rebels

A jihadi Telegram channel that opposes Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and often shares content discrediting its leader Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani shared posts praising Qatar for hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022.

 

Lebanese Daily Al-Akhbar: Personal Weapons Being Sold In Lebanon Originate From Military Aid Provided To Ukraine By NATO

On December 22, 2022, a Lebanese daily affiliated with Hizbullah published an article claiming that NATO weapons sent to Ukraine are being sold in Lebanon.

 

Kurdistan-Based Media Outlet Reports American Editor Missing In Mysterious Circumstances In Southern, Central Iraq; Security Spokesman Dismisses Claim As 'Baseless'

On December 15, 2022, an independent local media outlet based in Iraqi Kurdistan published a tweet stating that an American national has been missing for a week. The tweet noted that he was "staying" in southern and central Iraq.

 

On Instagram, Salafi Da'wa Account Sparks Debate Over Reel Promoting 'Hadith Of The Black Banners,' An Apocalyptic Prophecy Associated With ISIS, Al-Qaeda

On October 22, 2022, an influential Islamic da'wa (preaching, invitation) Instagram account that boasts more than 28,000 followers – posted a short-form video, or reel, laden with evocative symbolism that is often exploited by the ISIS to legitimize its activity.

 

Telegram Outlet Linked To Iraqi Militias: FIFA World Cup In Qatar Defeated Western Liberal Immorality, Which Is Also Promoted By U.S. Ambassador To Iraq

On December 19, 2022, a Telegram channel linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq which regularly criticizes the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Alina L. Romanowski, published a post addressing Western media criticism surrounding the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, during which Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani dressed the captain of the Argentinian team, Lionel Messi, in a traditional Arab bisht – a robe worn by men in Gulf countries on formal occasions.

 

As Perhaps First Head Of State To Meet A Taliban Leader, UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Welcomes Afghan Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob

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On December 4, 2022, the Afghan Taliban's acting Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid held a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in Abu Dhabi, which is perhaps the first meeting between a head of state and a leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban).

 

Taliban Executive Order Bans Women From All Universities In Afghanistan

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) recently issued an executive order completely banning women from universities in Afghanistan. The Taliban has rejected international pressure to allow Afghan women to be educated. The order follows the existing ban on girls in schools after Grade Six.

 

Afghan Taliban's Urdu-Language Website: Xi Jinping's Visit To Saudi Arabia Was 'An Earthquake In International Politics,' Taliban Government 'Also Took A Stand Against American Priorities By Signing An Oil Deal With Russia'

Following the Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Saudi Arabia that began on December 7, 2022, the Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) published an article examining the implications of the deepening ties between Riyadh and Beijing.

 

Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) Leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: 'We Urge The Supporters Of Hizb-i-Islami To Prepare For Another War; The Heavy Trust [Responsibility] Of This Jihad Is On Your Shoulders'

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The emir of Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and former Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has warned of an imminent new war in Afghanistan and urged his supporters and party members to begin preparations for "another war."

 

After Jihadi Inmates Take Over Pakistani Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Prison Facility And Pakistani Government Security Forces Lay Siege, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Statement Urges Pakistani Government To Allow Inmates Safe Passage To Waziristan

On December 19, 2022, a day after jihadi inmates took over a Pakistani government Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) facility in the town of Bannu in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province – the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) issued a statement calling on the Pakistani government to grant the inmates safe passage.

 

On Its Urdu-Language Website, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Claims It Executed 59 Attacks, Including A Drone Strike, In November 2022

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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, the Movement of Pakistani Taliban) has released numbers of its attacks against Pakistanis security forces in various regions of Pakistan, especially in the lawless tribal regions along the Pakistan-Afghan border, in November 2022, and of the resulting casualties among Pakistan's security forces.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Video Shows TTP Sniper Attacks Against Pakistani Security Forces: 'Our Fight Is Absolutely True Because Allah Has Chosen Us For Jihad'

The 14-minute second part of the video series "The Battles Are Intensified – 2," which Umar Media, the messaging arm of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) produced and released with Urdu and English subtitles, shows snipers targeting Pakistani security forces' convoys and checkpoints in various regions, particularly in the tribal districts of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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