February 19, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1026

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: February 13 – 20, 2021

February 19, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1026

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 Envision Execution Of President Ashraf Ghani As They Hanged Dr. Najibullah At United Nations Office In Kabul In 1996

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To mark the 32nd anniversary of the Soviet military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an article and a statement on one of its websites in which it draws parallels with the current U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and plan to leave the country.


EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban Warn Biden Administration: 'If The Doha Agreement Is Abrogated, It Will Lead To A Major War'

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization), which has adopted a tentative approach to the Biden administration, has warned the U.S. against breaching the terms of the Doha agreement signed on February 29, 2020.


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Claims Rocket Attack On Erbil Base Killed Senior U.S. Officers, Says More Attacks Will Follow If Kurdistan Leadership Continues To Host U.S. Forces, Allow Turkish Military Incursion

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On February 16, 2021, an Iran-backed militia in Iraq, issued a statement on its Telegram channel highlighting the reasons behind the group's rocket attack, carried out on February 15, which targeted a military base housing U.S. forces in Erbil, northern Iraq.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Iranian Iraqi Group Claims Rocket Attack On Turkish Outpost On Turkey-Iraq Border

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On February 15, 2021, an armed Iraqi Shi'ite group loyal to Iran, claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on a Turkish military outpost on the Turkey-Iraq border.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Militias In Iraq: We Will Attack The Turkish Forces If They Continue To Operate In Northern Iraq

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In recent days, following the military activity of Turkish forces in northern Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias threatened to harm Turkish economic and security interests in Iraq if Turkey continues its operations in the area.


Al-Qaeda Supporters Celebrate Release Of American Reporter From Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Jail

On February 17, 2021, several Telegram channels belonging to Al-Qaeda supporters in Syria celebrated the reports that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) had released an American media operative.


Pro-ISIS Outlet Releases Two Posters Urging Muslims To Carry Out Lone Wolf Attacks In Western Countries

On February 16, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media foundation released two posters urging supporters to carry out lone wolf attacks against "Crusaders" in Western countries.


Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Releases Posters Inciting Terror In The West

On February 16, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released several posters in Arabic, French and English, threatening and encouraging terror attacks in the West, and singling out France.


ISIS Claims Killing Of Four Tunisian Soldiers And Tunisian Army 'Spy'

A report in ISIS's weekly gives details on two ISIS operations in Tunisia, in December 2020 and February 2021.


ISIS Claims Attack On Tribal Militia In Central Sinai

On February 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai claimed responsibility for a deadly raid carried out by the organization’s Sinai Province on February 9 in central Sinai, against members of a pro-government militia.


ISIS Publishes Video Of Raid On Nigerian Town And Photos Of Burnt Church

On February 13, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa province published a series of photos documenting a recent raid[ on a Christian town in Nigeria.


ISIS Claims Deadly Attack On Christian Village In DRC

On February 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Central Africa Province claimed responsibility for an attack on a Christian village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Infographic: Pro-ISIS Outlets Produced 153 Media Items As Part Of Solidarity Campaign For ISIS Prisoners

On February 16, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) umbrella media group released an infographic poster summarizing the activities of several pro-ISIS media outlets, as part of an online campaign.


On Facebook, Western Jihadis Discuss Release Of British Neo-Nazi, Claim Double Standards, Racism, Anti-Islamism

On February 8, numerous Western jihadis on Facebook discussed the release of the UK's youngest neo-Nazi, a 16-year-old who led a cell but has avoided jail time.


Al-Qaeda's Decline In Syria – Part III: Leadership Vacuum and Lack of Guidance

As detailed in the second part of this series, Al-Qaeda has lost many of its senior commanders in Syria in targeted killings carried out by the U.S.-led Global Coalition and by unknown assailants, particularly over the past two years.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Releases Video Highlighting Top 10 Attacks In Various Countries In January 2021

On February 18, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet released a video highlighting its ten "top events" of January 2021, which included key attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda affiliates in various countries, including Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Mali, Pakistan, Kenya, and Afghanistan.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Releases Video Showing Imprisoned Houthi Fighters Urging Their Leaders To Strike Prisoner Swap Deal With AQAP To Secure Their Release

On February 14, 2021, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released the second video in its series "Appeals from Houthi Prisoners," three months after the first video in the series.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Weekly Claims AQAP Leader Batarfi's Recent Media Appearance Proves Reliability Of Jihadi Media Over Western Media

Issue 16 of a weekly newsletter released by a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet on February 12, 2021, contains an article titled "The Solidity of the Muslims' Media and the Fragility of the Crusaders' Media."


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Issues Statement About Its Release Of American Reporter

On February 17, 2021, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) issued a statement concerning its decision to release an American media operative from prison.


Article In Jihadi Magazine: U.S. Plotted To Thwart Syrian Revolution From The Start

Issue 21 of a monthly magazine released on Telegram on February 15, 2021, by a group of independent jihadi clerics based in Syria's rebel-held Idlib region, contains an article titled "America and the Syrian Revolution: Goals and Strategy."


Al-Shabab Claims Killing Or Wounding Dozens In Suicide Attack In Mogadishu

On February 13, 2021, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, perpetrated an attack targeting the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu.


Concluding Video In Al-Shabab Series: 'Somalia Is A Failed State'

On February 15, 2021, the media wing of the Somalia-based, Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi organization Al-Shabab, released part six of a six-part documentary-style video series.


Al-Shabab Video Series Denounces 'Balkanization Of Somalia;' Accuses Somali Army Of Human Rights Violations

On February 11 and 13, 2021, the media wing of the Somalia-based, Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi organization Al-Shabab, released parts four and five, respectively, of a six-part documentary video series.


Ahead of G5 Summit In Chad, GSIM Claims Killing Of  Malian Soldiers, Threatens To Attack Sahel Countries Backing French War In Mali, Accuses Macron Of Trying To Keep French Forces In Sahel Region Through 'Coercion And Intimidation'

On February 12, 2021, the official outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel region, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen ("Group for Support of Islam and Muslims," or GSIM) – released a four-page statement in Arabic and English claiming responsibility for killing Malian soldiers.


Iraqi Group Loyal to Iran Claims Responsibility For Rockets Fired At U.S. Base in Erbil, Iraq

On February 15, 2021, rockets were fired at a military base in Erbil, where American forces are stationed.


On Telegram, Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Post Photos Of Wreckage Following Rocket Attack On Erbil Military Base Housing U.S. Forces

On February 17, 2021, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared photos allegedly documenting the wreckage caused by the rocket attack that targeted a military base in Erbil, northern Iraq, which houses U.S.-led coalition forces.


Telegram User Provides Cyber Security Advice, Tips To Avoid Shutdown Of Telegram Channels

On February 12 and 14, 2021, a member of a Telegram group devoted to jihad in the Indian Subcontinent shared two posts in English advising fellow group members on communication security.


In Open Letter, Afghan Taliban Urge American People To Press New Administration To Pull Forces Out Of Afghanistan, Renew Commitment to Doha Agreement

On February 16, 2020, the chief of the political office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan issued a letter addressed to the American people, urging them to press the Biden administration to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest military conflict in which they have been involved.

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