December 30, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1294

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: December 24-31, 2022

December 30, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1294

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: Pro-ISIS Preachers In The West Warn Muslims Against Celebrating 'Day Of Filth,' Christmas; Castigate Muslim Parents For Causing Children's 'Destruction' By Letting Them Celebrate It In School

A mosque in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, affiliated with a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher uploaded a 22-minute video to YouTube featuring that day's Friday sermon on the topic of Christmas.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Calls For Car-Ramming Attacks As Heroic Acts In Support Of 'Oppressed' Muslims, Quotes U.S.-Based Jihadi Preacher

On December 27, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a post calling on Muslims to carry out car-ramming attacks as a show of commitment to their beliefs and expression of support to "oppressed" fellow Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kashmir.


EXCLUSIVE: On Naming Warship 'USS Fallujah,' ISIS Weekly Claims U.S. Marines Have Not Overcome Fallujah 'Complex' Yet; Fallujah Battle Grew Into A Caliphate, 'Greatest War Of Attrition' In Modern Era

On December 23, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 370 of its weekly Al-Naba' newsletter, which includes an editorial about the Pentagon's announcement related to naming a new warship "USS Fallujah."


EXCLUSIVE: After Israel Arrests Perpetrator Of Jerusalem Double Bombing, ISIS Supporters Highlight Bomber's Ties To Organization, Al-Qaeda Supporters Accuse Pro-Iran Media Of Falsely Taking Credit

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On December 27, 2022, Israel's Shin Bet security agency and police announced that the perpetrator of a November 23 double bombing in Jerusalem which killed two Israeli civilians and injured more than twenty had been arrested on November 29, and named him as Eslam Froukh, a 26-year-old mechanical engineer from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr 'Aqab.


ISIS In Syria Claims Attack On SDF Base In Raqqa; Other Sources Claim The Attack, Which Targeted A Prison, Among Other Facilities, Was Thwarted

On December 26, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria announced that its fighters had carried out a "surprise attack" on an SDF base in Raqqa in the north of the country, killing and wounding some 16 SDF soldiers.


Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Video Shows Fighters Pledging Allegiance To New Caliph

On December 22, 2022, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a ten-minute video documenting its operatives gathering to pledge allegiance to the new ISIS leader, known by the alias Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi.


Issue 18 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Denounces Afghan Taliban As Traitors To Islam, Says That Muslims Who Do Not Actively Prevent Acts Forbidden By Shari'a Are Unbelievers

Issue 18 of the "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Foundation, the media arm of the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), develops a critique of the ruling Afghan Taliban, especially accusing them of betraying Islam, working as part of the U.S.-led plot against the Islamic world, and protecting grave-worshippers such as Sufis and Shi'ites.


Issue 13 Of ISIS-K Pashtu-Language Magazine 'Khurasan Ghag' Dissects Ties Between Iran And Afghan Taliban, Says Turkish And Qatari Forces Returned To Afghanistan On Pretext Of Repairing Airports

Issue 13 of Khurasan Ghag ("Voice of Khurasan"), a Pashtu-language magazine published by the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), slams the Afghan Taliban for their growing relations with Iran and notes that Iran has been supporting the Taliban so that they can protect Iranian interests from Islamic State attacks in and outside Afghanistan.


Pro-ISIS Video Highlights Pledges Of Allegiance To New ISIS Caliph, Group's Continued Strength

On December 21, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a six-minute video highlighting ISIS operatives pledging their allegiance to the new ISIS caliph, Abu Al-Husayn Al-Husayni.


Pro-ISIS Media Channel Releases First Issue Of Magazine Dedicated To ISIS Central Africa Province (ISCAP)

On December 22, 2022, the admin of a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) channel on the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server shared an eight-page PDF file of an English-language publication.



Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Claims Multiple Attacks Against UAE-Backed Forces In Southern Yemen

On December 27, 2022, Al-Qaeda in The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for three separate attacks against UAE-backed forces.


Al-Qaeda Releases Video Of Slain Leader Al-Zawahiri Eulogizing Tunisian Founder Of Ansar Al-Shari'a, Discrediting Ennahda Party, Accusing UAE Of Funding Network Of Clerics To Marginalize Shari'a

On December 28, 2022, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda Central Command released the first episode of a new video series. The episode featured a narration by slain Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri eulogizing the founder of Ansar Al-Shari'a in Tunisia, Abu Ayyad Al-Tunisi, who was killed in a French airstrike in Mali in 2019.


Article In Issue Of Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Magazine 'Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind' Questions Qatar's 'Service' To Islam At FIFA World Cup 2022, Accuses It Of Violating Prophet Muhammad's Order To Expel Unbelievers From Arabian Peninsula

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An article in the October-November 2022 issue of a monthly Urdu-language magazine published by Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), questions Qatar's "service" to Islam during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and accuses the Qatari government of hosting unbelievers and polytheists and governing by a secular, capitalist kingdom in violation of shari'a.


Al-Qaeda Releases Video Of Slain Leader Al-Zawahiri Eulogizing Pakistani Commander, Lashes Out At ISIS For 'Derailing Jihad'

On December 23, 2022, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released part one of a new video series.


Al-Shabab Releases Photos Showing Ethiopian Armored Vehicle Destroyed In Attack In Somalia

On December 16, 2022, Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) claimed ambushing an Ethiopian military convoy on the road between Baidoa and the town of Daynunay in Bay state, southwestern Somalia, and detonating explosives on it.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Backed 'Winter Warmth' Campaign Distributes Heating Equipment To Families Across Northwest Syria

In December 2022, the Syrian Salvation Government (SSG), backed by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), launched an initiative aimed at providing heating equipment to residents in the HTS-controlled areas of northwest Syria.


Syrian Opposition Website: Lebanese Hizbullah Runs Operations Room To Smuggle Captagon Into Jordan

On December 25, 2022, a website identified with the Syrian opposition and reports on southern Syria, claimed that Lebanese Hizbullah and local Iran-backed militias have been smuggling narcotics into Jordan.


Approaching Second Anniversary Of Deaths Of Qasem Soleimani And Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Threaten Retaliatory Attacks To End U.S. 'Occupation Of Iraq'

On January 3, 2020, the U.S assassinated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qasem Soleimani, and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) commander, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in a drone strike in Baghdad. Since then, Iran and Iran-backed Iraqi militias have threatened to avenge their deaths.


Telegram Channels Linked To Iraqi Shi'ite Militias Exploit Twitter Files To Discredit Iran's Critics, Journalists In Iraq

On December 22, 2022, Telegram channel linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq, reacted to files posted on December 20 by the investigative reporter Lee Fang.


Iran-Backed Iraqi Outlet Calls For Armed Popular Uprising Against U.S. To Avenge Killing Of Qasem Soleimani And Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Accuses U.S. Of 'Slaughtering' Iraqis

On December 28, 2022, a media outlet affiliated with the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, published a Telegram post calling for Iraqis to use the rallies commemorating the upcoming second death anniversary of Iranian IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) deputy leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis as a launchpad for an armed popular uprising against the U.S., which assassinated the two leaders in a January 3, 2020 airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.


Urdu-Language Afghan Taliban Website Blames 'External Powers' For Recent Attacks On Diplomatic Targets In Afghanistan: 'If, God Forbid, The Peace In Afghanistan Is Once Again Destroyed, Not Only Afghanistan But Also... The West Will Not Be Safe From Its Harmful Effects'

After a series of recent high-profile terror attacks by the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), the Afghan Taliban's Urdu-language website published an article arguing that external powers seek to damage Afghanistan's relations with its neighbors.

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