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February 26, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1028

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: February 20 – 27, 2021

February 26, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1028

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: Al-Qaeda's Decline In Syria – Part IV: What Does the Future Hold?

As discussed in the previous parts of this series, Al-Qaeda in Syria has experienced a drastic decline in its power and influence in recent years, particularly this past year.

 

EXCLUSIVE: AQAP Leader's Appearance In Recent Video Casts Doubt On UN Credibility In Assessing Jihadi Threats, Renews Faith Among Supporters In Reliability Of AQAP Media

A Yemen-based leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) appeared in a recent video citing two events that took place in January 2021.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi-Owned Al-Arabiya Website: Al-Qaeda, Iran Communicated For Years Via Muslim Brothers

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On February 13, 2021, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya website published an article claiming that Al-Qaeda and Iran had communicated for years via the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Celebrate Killing Of Italian Ambassador To The Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Await Statement From Group's Official Outlet

On February 22, 2021, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters celebrated reports that the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was among the people killed in a militant attack on a humanitarian convoy.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Myanmar Jihadi Group Which Pledged Allegiance To The Islamic State (ISIS) Publishes Religious Book In English

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On February 15, 2021, the Arrukn Media Center, the news outlet of Katiba Al-Mahdi fi Bilad Al-Arakan, a Myanmar-based jihadi group which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), published a 35-page religious book in English.

 

ISIS Claims Killing PMU Fighters, Hitting A Helicopter Amid Fierce Clashes In Baghdad

On February 22, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that its fighters killed and wounded several members of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

 

Islamic State (ISIS) In The DRC Claims It Killed And Kidnapped Several Christians

On February 24, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for three attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

 

ISIS Claims Attack On Electric Tower In Niger, Releases Photos Documenting Attack on Nigerian Military Convoy

On February 24, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for an attack on an electricity transition tower in Niger, saying that the attack is a part of its ongoing economic war on its enemies.

 

Islamic State West Africa Province Claims Suicide Attack Causing Casualties Among Nigerian Soldiers

On February 22, 2021, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in which Nigerian soldiers were killed and wounded.

 

ISIS Executes Former Commander In Eastern Syria

On February 16, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the abduction and execution of a man in Syria.

 

Islamic State Central Africa Province Escalates Attacks On Christians In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

On February 17, 2021, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on "Christian infidels" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

 

ISIS Editorial Rejects Claims Of Pro-Democracy Islamists That Once 'Tyrants' And 'Crusaders' Lose Power, Muslim Nations Will Willingly Implement Shari'a Law

On February 18, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a new issue of its weekly newspaper, which included an editorial rejecting claims by pro-democracy Islamist parties.

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Video Highlights ISIS Activity In Afghanistan

On February 23, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a five-minute video titled "The Islamic State Escalates its Operations in Afghanistan."

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Hackers Claim Dozens Of 'Hacking' Operations

On February 19, 2021, a group of pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hackers, released a poster listing its hacking operations during the second year since its establishment.

 

Pro-ISIS Article Calls HTS The 'Most Deviant Apostate Faction' In Syria, Claims Al-Joulani Aspires To Be A Sunni Version Of Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah

On February 22, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group published an article describing Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) as "the most deviant apostate faction" in Syria.

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Video Declares ISIS Is At War With Israel And The Jews And Will Soon Slaughter Them

On February 23, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a video titled "The Lions' Preparation for Slaughtering the Jews."

 

Pro-ISIS Video Defends Organization Against Opponents' Accusations

On February 17, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a video on Telegram responding to allegations made against the organization by its various opponents.

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Video Praises Operatives Who Perpetrated Terror Attacks In The West, Urges Muslims To Emulate Their Deeds

On February 17, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media operation released a 25-minute video praising ISIS operatives who carried out terror attacks in the West.

 

Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Calls On ISIS Supporters In Arab And Muslim Countries To Blend In, But Carry Out Attacks When They Can

On February 23, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published posts calling on ISIS supporters in Arab and Muslim countries to blend in with their community and conceal their support of ISIS.

 

Pro-ISIS Woman Poet Lashes Out At Wives Who Abandon Mujahideen At The Front Or In Prison

On February 25, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published a poem by a woman addressing ISIS wives.

 

Article In ISIS Magazine Dubs Al-Qaeda A Dangerous 'Enemy To The Mujahideen And Jihad'

The coverpage article in the latest issue of a jihadi magazine published by the supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in India, criticizes Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.

 

Article In ISIS Magazine Dubs President Biden 'Crusader,' Says: 'He Also Supported The Invasion Of Afghanistan And Other Muslim Countries'

An article in the latest issue of a jihadi magazine published by the supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in India, cautions Muslims not to trust U.S. President Joe Biden in view of his record of support for wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries.

 

ISIS Supporters In India Release New Issue Of Magazine, Call On Muslims Not To Trust Joe Biden And Urge Sympathizers To Wage Media Battle

Supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in India have released the latest issue of their jihadi magazine.

 

ISIS Weekly Reports Pakistani Intelligence Member Killed In IED Attack

On February 25, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) published issue 275 of its Al-Naba' weekly newspaper which included an "exclusive" report with a photo said to depict a February 22 IED attack.

 

ISIS Weekly Al-Naba' Argues 'Iraq Is On Verge Of Political Collapse, Its Army Is Depleted, ISIS Is Winning'

On February 25, 2020, the Islamic State (ISIS) released on the latest issue of its Al-Naba' weekly, which include an editorial discussing the group's latest activities in Iraq.

 

In Infographic, ISIS Weekly Details ISWAP Attacks In Nigeria, Niger From February 17-23

On February 25, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) published Issue 275 of the Al-Naba' weekly newspaper which included an infographic titled "Operations Of The Caliphate Soldiers In Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyah [West Africa Province]."

 

Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Pro-ISIS Instagram User Maintains Over 100 Accounts, Posts Tutorial For Navigating His Pro-ISIS Website

The man behind a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Instagram account recently created the 101st iteration of the account under the same name.

 

Canada-Based Ideologue Remains An Influential Figure For Al-Qaeda And Its Supporters

An Egyptian thinker and writer who is a prominent Al-Qaeda supporter has been living in Ontario, Canada since the late 1980s.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Magazine Reports Fighting Between ISIS And Defectors In Nigeria And Somalia

The February 19, 2021 newsletter published by a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet reported violent clashes between the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) and jihadi groups in Nigeria and Somalia.

 

In Video, Jihadi Recounts 'Brutal Torture' In Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Prisons, Urges Muslims To Speak Out Against 'Criminal' Group, Support Turkish Detainees

On February 22, 2021, a Telegram channel which supports the Al-Qaeda-affiliate Hurras Al-Din and opposes Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), published a post with a video of a Turkish man giving an account of his time in HTS custody.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Audio Recording In Uyghur Language On Women's Obligations According To Quran

On February 25, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with the Syria-based jihadi Turkestan Islamic Party, released a 19-minute audio recording in the Uyghur language.

 

Claiming Third Attack In 2021, Syria-Based Jihadi Group Carries Out IED Attack On Turkish Military Convoy

On February 24, 2021, a Syrian jihadi group claimed an IED attack targeting a Turkish military convoy.

 

Pro-Jihadi Syria-Based U.S.-Born Bilal Abdul Kareem 'Banned By Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) From Appearing On Social Media For Six Months'

On February 24, 2021, pro-jihadi Syria-based On the Ground News (OGN) shared an announcement on its Telegram.

 

Salafi-Jihadi Cleric Praises Qatar-Based Muslim Scholars' Organization For Rejecting Idea That Islam, Christianity, And Judaism Have Similarities

On February 22, 2021, a Jordan-based Salafi-jihadi ideologue praised the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a Qatar-based, Muslim Brotherhood-aligned organization, for rejecting the idea that there are similarities between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

 

Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Claims Over Casualties Among MINUSMA Forces In 'Martyrdom' Attack In Mali

On February 23, 2021, the official media outlet of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) issued a statement claiming casualties among the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

 

Telegram Channel Affiliated with Iran-Backed Militias Claims Rockets Landed Inside U.S. Embassy In Baghdad

On February 22, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq reported that rockets landed "inside" the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

 

On Telegram, Pro-Iran Iraqi Channels Claim Popular Mobilization Units Will Increase Presence In Iraqi Town, In Response To Official Order To Leave; One Group Threatens To Retaliate Against U.S. Forces

On February 22, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq reported that a high rank military official in the Iraqi army ordered the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) currently deployed in a town in Iraq to leave the area immediately.

 

Syrian Opposition Websites: Iran Establishes New Militia In Eastern Syria

In mid-February 2021, Syrian opposition websites reported that Iran has established a new militia in eastern Syria.

 

Al-Nujaba Movement Attacks NATO Decision To Reinforce Troops In Iraq; Claims Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS Transferred Intelligence To ISIS

At the conclusion of a February 18, 2021 meeting of the ministers of defense of the member countries who comprise the NATO Defense Ministerial Alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO has decided to increase its troop presence in Iraq from 500 to 4,000 people.

 

New Iraqi Group Vows To Punish Saddam's Followers, Those Who Promote The Baath; Accuses Government Of Neglecting Its Responsibility To Ensure De-Baathification

A new Iraqi group announced its formation in a video message shared by Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq.

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