December 29, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1428

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: December 23-30, 2023

December 29, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1428

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 In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Announces Re-Launch Of English-Language Inspire Magazine; Promotional Video Features Terrorist Attacks On New York City's Times Square And Subway System

On December 26, 2023, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, released a trailer previewing a soon-to-be-released video titled, "What America & The West Do Not Expect."


EXCLUSIVE: Two Australian Nationals Killed In Israeli Strike In South Lebanon; Hizbullah: One Of Them Was A Fighter In Our Organization

A December 26, 2023 Israeli strike on a building in a well-known Hizbullah stronghold in South Lebanon reportedly killed three people.


EXCLUSIVE: Houthi Ansar Allah Movement: Operation Prosperity Guardian 'Aggressive Step;' U.S. Bears Consequences; Houthi Official: 'Direct War With U.S. Preferable To War With Its Tools'

On December 20, 2023, the Supreme Political Council of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement in Yemen referred to the launch of Operation Prosperity Guardian (OPG) by the U.S. as "an aggressive step intended to protect Israel," and asserted that the U.S. bears full responsibility for its consequences.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Dozens Killed In Suicide Operation In Central Mali, Five In Assault In Southern Burkina Faso

On December 22, 2023, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM) published a statement claiming that on December 20, GSIM operatives attacked a barracks of the Malian army in Dinagorou, in Mali's Mopti region.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Killing Three Soldiers, Wounding Three In Shelling Of Presidential Palace In Mogadishu

On December 27, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published a statement claiming that early that morning Al-Shabab operatives shelled the presidential palace, in the "most fortified area of Mogadishu."


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Killing Over 71 Soldiers, Injuring Over 31 In Two Days Of Attacks On Somali, ATMIS Forces Across Central, Southern Somalia

On December 25, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published an article detailing more than ten attacks perpetrated by the group against Turkey-based Somali special forces, government militias and "African forces" in five regions of central and southern Somalia on December 23-24, claiming the killings of more than 71 forces and the injuries of over 31.


Al-Shabab Statement Accuses Somali Government Of Forcing Muslim Women To Remove Hijabs; Pledges To 'Respond With Force' To Defend 'Chaste Muslim Women'

On December 27, 2023, the press office of Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, issued a statement condemning the Somali government for allegedly policing the Islamic clothing of residents in Mogadishu—specifically targeting women who wear the hijab.


Chief Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Religious Official Rejects Narrative Promoted By Former Senior Leader Abu Ahmad Zakour, Accusing Him Of Corruption And Security Violations

On December 21, 2023, the chief religious official of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published a "clarification" on his Telegram channel discussing measures lately taken by the group against Jihad 'Isa Al-Sheikh aka Abu Ahmad Zakour, a senior HTS leader until recently.


HTS Media Outlet's Jihadi Chant Consoles Aggrieved Gaza, Praises Its Fight On Behalf Of 'Oblivious' Muslims, Beseeches 'Decisive Victory' And 'Imminent' Defeat For Israel

On December 26, 2023, Amjad media, the official outlet of the Syria-based jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), released a video of a jihadi nasheed, or chant, titled: "From Idlib To Gaza: Inform Us, O Grieving Hearts," providing "support and solace" to the people of Gaza.


Article In Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Urges Rejection Of Fanaticism; Claims ISIS's Approach Enabled 'Continuing' Recruitment, Built Environment 'Where Differences Dissolve'

On December 21, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 422 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba', featuring an editorial titled: "The Perils Of Fanaticism."


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram Channel Shares Threatening Poster Ahead of Christmas

On December 17, 2023, a prominent pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel shared a violent cartoon originally published on December 20, 2021, by a user of the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server.


Message Posted On Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Forums Accuses Manager Of Pro-ISIS Umbrella Media Group Of Corruption And Mismanagement, Blames Him For Decline In Supporters' Media Activity

On December 20, 2023, a user of an Islamic State (ISIS)-operated server posted a link to a private Telegram channel and to a post on the file-sharing website, titled "A Message to the So-Called Abu Qutaybah or Hamad Al-Jazrawi: What Are You Going to Do?"


Flagship Magazine Of Islamic State In Khorasan Province (ISKP) Solicits Monero Cryptocurrency Donations To 'Fund Jihad'

On December 21, 2023, the Al-Aza'im Media Foundation, a media outlet supportive of the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP), published Issue 31 of its English-language magazine, "Voice of Khurasan."


Senior Member Of Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims U.S.-Led Naval Force Launched To Protect Israel, 'Not International Shipping Traffic'; Threatens Retaliation Against Neighboring Countries If Airspace Used To Target Yemen

On December 21, 2023, the Lebanese Hizbullah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen television channel carried an interview with Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, member of the Supreme Political Council of Yemeni Ansar Allah movement.


In Veiled Threat, Telegram Channels Linked To Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Point To Submarine Internet Cables Off Yemeni Coast

On December 24, 2023, a Telegram channel affiliated with Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) shared a map of networks of submarine communications cables in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf.


Yemen's Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Attack On Commercial Ship In Red Sea, Drone Attack On 'Military Targets' In Israel

On December 26, 2023, Yemen's Houthi Ansar Allah Movement claimed responsibility for firing naval missiles at a commercial vessel in the Red Sea, as well as for launching drones at "military targets and other locations" in Eilat, Israel.


Senior Members Of Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Threaten U.S.-Led Coalition And Israel: Enlarging Coalition Will Increase Our Targets, Israeli Attack On Yemen Will Lead To Defeat

In recent days, senior members of Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) have issued threats to the U.S.-led coalition to protect Red Sea shipping and to Israel, declaring that the more countries join the alliance, the more targets the Houthis will have to attack, and warning Israel that striking Yemen will cause its defeat.


Lebanese Hizbullah Field Commander: Israel Is 'Unable To Launch War' In Lebanon; 'We Are Superior, We Still Have The Initiative'

On December 22, 2023, Al-Akhbar Daily published an article shadowing the daily activities of a Lebanese Hizbullah field officer, who has patrolled the Lebanese-Israeli border since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas War.


Hizbullah Officials: 'Eliminating Resistance In Gaza Means Eliminating It In Entire Region;' Hizbullah Will Continue To Support Gaza; Its Presence Along Border With Israel 'Necessary And Crucial;' 'Unity Of Fronts' Is The Order Of The Day And Is 'Active And Conscious'

Between December 23-24, 2023, two senior Hizbullah officials spoke at different events in South Lebanon.


'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' Claims Attacking Israeli City Of Eilat, 'Vital Target In Mediterranean Sea'

On December 22, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq released a statement claiming that on December 12, it attacked the city of Eilat, in southern Israel, using "a suitable type of weapon," as part of its efforts to "resist the occupation, support our people in Gaza, and respond to the massacres committed by the usurping entity against Palestinian civilians, including children, women and the elderly."


Syrian Opposition Websites: Iran-Backed Militias Plan To Train Palestinian Militia In Syria To Launch Rockets And Suicide Drones; Russia Forbids Firing At U.S. Bases From Areas Under Syrian Armed Forces Control

In late December, two websites affiliated with the Syrian opposition published a series of reports about the operations of Russian and Iranian forces in Syria.


Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Eulogize Senior IRGC Commander Assassinated By Israel In Syria, Threaten To Avenge His Death By 'Zionist-American Enemy'; Video By Iranian News Agency Envisions Bomb Under Netanyahu's Desk: 'This Is Not A Threat'

On December 25, 2023, Iranian news agency Tasnim, which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), reported that a senior IRGC commander, Reza Mousavi, had been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Damascus suburb of Al-Sayyidah Zaynab, an important center of Iranian activity in Syria and the site of a shrine for Zaynab, the daughter of the caliph 'Ali.


Telegram Channel Supporting Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias: Hashtag Commemorating Soleimani And Al-Muhandis Trending On TikTok, X Within Day Of Launch

On December 24, 2023, a Telegram channel that supports Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militias published a poster depicting the late General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the deputy leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), along with the caption "The Two Fathers of This Resistance."


After U.S. Strikes In Iraq, Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias: Blatant Violation Of Iraqi Sovereignty, National Honor; 'Our Only Option Is Resistance'

On December 26, 2023, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that, "In response to multiple attacks against coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, U.S. military forces conducted airstrikes against multiple facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq at 8:45 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 25… Early assessments indicate that these airstrikes destroyed the targeted facilities and likely killed a number of Kataib Hezbollah militants."


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Missile, Two Drone Attacks On U.S. Bases In Eastern Syria, Northern Iraq

On December 25, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed joint operations group of Iraqi militias, released a statement on Telegram claiming a drone attack against a U.S. base in the Green Village, in Syria's eastern Deir Al-Zour governorate.

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