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March 5, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1030

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: February 27 – March 6, 2021

March 5, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1030

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's Operational Chief Sirajuddin Haqqani Warns The Biden Administration Against Scrapping The Doha Agreement: 'We Have The Technology To Use Drones, We Have Our Own Missiles; This Time If The Mujahideen Resume Fighting, It Would Be Something [The Americans] Have Never Seen Before'

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Since U.S. President Joe Biden replaced former president Donald Trump, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has been worried that the Doha agreement, which it signed with the U.S. and which is considered an achievement of the former president, might be ignored, diluted, and even formally abrogated.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channel Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq: We Have Resistance Cells Capable Of Operations In Washington DC

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On March 2, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq posted in English claiming that the so-called Iraqi resistance factions have the capacity to target U.S. forces not only in the Middle East, but also inside the United States.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hizbullah Brigades Official Ahead Of Pope's Visit To Iraq: Better That He Focus On The Affairs Of His Own Tiny State

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Two days before Pope Francis' planned visit to Iraq, an official in the Hizbullah Brigades, an Iran-backed Shi'ite Iraqi militia, criticized the visit and called on Iraqis not to pin too many hopes on it.

 

Group Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias Says It Will Cease Attacks On U.S. Forces During Pope's Visit To Iraq

On March 4, a group which appears to be a front for Iraqi Shi'ite militias loyal to Iran, issued a statement saying that it will halt attacks on U.S. forces and their logistics convoys during the visit by Pope Francis to Iraq on March 6.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Assassination Of Three Female Journalists In Afghanistan

On March 2, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Khorasan Province (Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indian Kashmir) claimed responsibility for the assassination of three female journalists.

 

Following The Killing Of Three Women Journalists, ISIS Claims Killing Woman 'Spy' In Afghanistan's Jalalabad

On March 4, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Khorasan Province (Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indian Kashmir) claimed responsibility for the assassination of a woman in the city of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Video Declares ISIS Will Defeat U.S., Russia, Other Enemies

On February 25, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released an eight-minute video.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Supporters Share New ISIS-Style Clips Produced From Video-Game Footage

On February 26, 2021, a group of Islamic State (ISIS) supporters dedicated to producing pro-ISIS video clips from video game footage, released a new clip.

 

ISIS Sinai Claims Killing Senior Egyptian Army Special Forces Officer

On February 28, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai Province claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior Egyptian Army officer.

 

ISIS Central Africa Province Claims Killing Dozens In Attacks And Clashes In DRC

On February 26, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Central Africa Province (ISCAP) published three statements about attacks and clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

 

ISIS Claims Taking Over Two Nigerian Towns, Torching Government Buildings And U.N. Offices

On March 2, 2021, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS) reported that ISIS fighters have taken over two towns in Nigeria.

 

ISIS Weekly: ISWAP Fighters Captured Several 'Christians And Apostates,' Including Red Cross Employee, In Nigeria

On March 4, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) published its weekly newspaper on Rocket.Chat. A report in the newspaper detailed the week-long attacks carried out by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Nigeria and Niger.

 

ISIS Editorial Urges Fighters Not To Despair Because 'The Victory Of Allah Is Near'

On March 4, 2021, the weekly newspaper of the Islamic State (ISIS), was published. It includes an editorial urging fighters not to despair because of the hardships facing them along the way to victory.

 

Pro-ISIS Blogger: France In Dire Straits In Sahel, Forced To Cooperate With Al-Qaeda Against ISIS

In a March 1, 2021 post, an Algerian blogger who is a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) analyzed what he sees as the French plight in Africa, particularly in the Sahel.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Supporter Creates Repository Of Material In French

On February 24, 2021, a user of the Rocket.Chat site Techhaven.to run by pro-Islamic State (ISIS) operatives, created a new French-language distribution channel.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Outlets Publish Posters Depicting Takeover Of U.S.

On March 1, 2021, two media outlets that produce pro-ISIS propaganda published posters showing an ISIS takeover of the U.S.

 

Pro-ISIS Telegram Bot Releases Infographic Poster Highlighting Its Social Media Activities

On March 3, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram bot that disseminates ISIS news and messaging on social media platforms and apps, released an infographic poster summarizing its outreach efforts in the past month.

 

Users Of Islamic State (ISIS) Site Request Assistance, Contacts

On March 3, 2021, a user on the Rocket.Chat site Techhaven.to which is run by pro-Islamic State (ISIS) operatives, posted a message on one of the platform's main channels asking for "guidance" from other users.

 

Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): U.S.-Based Man Posts Pro-ISIS Content, Calls For Establishment Of Caliphate And Jihad Against The Jews On Facebook

A Facebook user posts Islamic State (ISIS) news articles on updates from ISIS-controlled territories and the mujahideen, adding messages of support for the group.

 

AQAP Response To Houthi Attack On Marib: Removal Of Houthis From U.S. Foreign Terrorist List Signaled A 'Green Light To Crush The Sunnis In Yemen'

On March 1, 2021, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a five-page statement commenting the attack carried out by Ansar Allah, also known as the Houthis, in Marib, Yemen.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Claims Attack On French Forces In Eastern Mali

On February 28, 2021, the official outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel region issued a brief statement claiming responsibility for a recent attack on French Barkhane forces in Mali.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Syrian Cleric Shares Statement By Fighters Claiming Attack On HTS Location, Threatening To Kill Locals Who Help HTS Capture Perpetrators

On March 3, 2021, an extremist pro-Al-Qaeda Syrian cleric shared on his official Telegram channel a statement claiming that on March 1, 2021, a group of fighters managed to blow up an executive office for the security apparatus of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Cleric Condemns Sudan's 'Secularists,' Says Country Shall Only Be Ruled By Allah's Shari'a

On March 2, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi cleric published a post on Telegram condemning "secularists" in Sudan, calling on Muslims to reject them and vowing that Sudan shall only be ruled by shari'a.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Urges Muslims To Help Uyghurs Via Jihad Against China, Boycotting Chinese Products

On February 25, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda publisher released its women's magazine.

 

Al-Shabab Executes Five 'Spies' Including Four Accused Of Spying For U.S. Intelligence

On March 1, 2021, the official media outlet of Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that the group had executed five people accused of spying.

 

Leader Of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Compares Group To Early 20th Century Anti-Colonial Movement

The leader of Somali jihadi group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, recently delivered a speech to commemorate what he described as 100 years of jihad in the Horn of Africa.

 

Al-Shabab Frees Hundreds From Central Prison In Somalia

According to a March 5, 2021 report by the official outlet of Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), on March 4 the group staged a surprise attack on a prison.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases New Audio Lecture On Telegram Discussing 'Islamic Morality'

On March 3, 2021, A da'wa ("preaching, invitation") Telegram channel affiliated with the Syria-based Uyghur jihadi group the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released an audio recording in the Uyghur language.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Uyghur-Language Audio Lecture On Telegram Discussing 'Impact of Worship'

On March 1, 2021, A Telegram channel dedicated to Da'wah (preaching) which is affiliated with the Syria-based jihadi group the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released an audio recording in the Uyghur language.

 

Unknown Jihadi Group Which Declares Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) An Apostate Group Claims Second Attack On HTS Checkpoint In Idlib

On February 28, 2021, an unknown jihadi group claimed it fired a rocket at a Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) checkpoint.

 

Family Of Prominent Syria-Based French Jihadi Calls For His Release From Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Custody

On February 25, 2021, the family of the emir of a Syria-based French-speaking jihadi group released a statement in French and Arabic through the group's social media channels about his current situation.

 

Jordanian Jihadi Ideologue Issues Fatwa Deeming Muslim Secularists 'More Malicious' And 'Worse Than Christians And Jews'

On March 1, 2021, a Jordanian jihadi ideologue published a fatwa in which he said that Muslims who believe in secularism are more evil and worse than Christians and Jews.

 

In Video, Syrian Jihadi Group Ansar Al-Tawhid Claims Casualties In Artillery Attack On Syrian-Russian Military Camp

On March 1, 2021, the Syria-based jihadi group Ansar Al-Tawhid released a video showing an artillery attack carried out by the group against Syrian and Russian military positions.

 

Kuwaiti Salafi Cleric Accuses Saudi Arabia Of 'Disrupting' Muslim Pilgrimage To Mecca By Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines, Deems Decision 'Dangerous Exploitation Of A Religious Duty'

On March 2, 2021, a Kuwaiti Salafi cleric accused Saudi Arabia of "disrupting" the hajj, or the Muslim duty to make pilgrimage to Mecca, by mandating that all Muslims receive COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Report: Iraqi Tribes Legislate New Code That Stipulates Death Penalty For ISIS Members

As the Islamic State (ISIS) continues to increase the quantity and quality of its attacks in Iraq, tribal leaders in the Iraqi governorates of Kirkuk and Salah Al-Din recently announced a new tribal law charter aimed at preventing the return of ISIS to areas liberated from the organization, and punishing members of tribes who join it.

 

Telegram Channel Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias Publishes Poster Detailing Recent IED Attacks On U.S. Logistics Convoys In Iraq

On March 4, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq released two infographic posters highlighting the recent IED and rocket attacks conducted by these militias against "U.S. forces."

 

Iraqi Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Militias Continue To Threaten And Attack American Targets In Iraq, Including Rocket Fire On The Ayn Al-Asad Base

On February 26, 2021, the United States attacked positions manned by pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Syria, in response to a series of attacks against its forces in Iraq.

 

Iraq's Kurdistan Counterterrorism Unit: Perpetrators of Erbil Rocket Attack On U.S. Forces Are Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militia, Used Iranian-Made Rocket

On March 3, 2021, Iraq's Kurdistan Counterterrorism (KCT) released a videotaped confession by one of the men accused of perpetrating the February 15 rocket attack that targeted a military base in Erbil International Airport that houses forces of the U.S.-led coalition.

 

Iran-Backed Group Denies Involvement In Rocket Attack On U.S. Base In Erbil

On March 3, 2021, Iraqi Kurdistan's Counterterrorism Service released a video in which a man confesses to being involved in the February 15, 2021 rocket attack on a base in Erbil.

 

In New Video, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Commander Maulana Yasir: 'Jihad Is The Worship Of Allah'

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Movement Of The Pakistani Taliban, TTP) recently released a video of its operations in Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan.

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