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February 12, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1019

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: February 6-13, 2021

February 12, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1019

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: Following His Interview With A U.S. Reporter, Opponents Accuse HTS Leader Of Abandoning His Principles, While Supporters Praise His Pragmatism

On February 2, 2021, a journalist for a U.S.-based television network tweeted that he had just returned from Syria, where he had interviewed the leader of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda's Decline In Syria – Part II: Tense Relations Between Al-Qaeda And Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham

As discussed in the first part of this report, Al-Qaeda's presence in Syria commenced with the formation of Jabhat Al-Nusrah (JN), under the leadership of Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Media Releases New Video With AQAP Leader Khalid Batarfi Citing U.S. Capitol Riot, COVID-19, Civil Unrest, Economic Crisis As Divine Signs of America's Collapse

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On February 10, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Supporters: The New Video Showing Khalid Batarfi Is A Clear Challenge To The U.S.

On February 10, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video titled featuring top AQAP leader Khalid Batarfi.

 

EXCLUSIVE: As Al-Qaeda Media Continues To Promote His Lecture Videos, UN Report Confirms ISIS Supporters' Claims: AQAP Leader Khalid Batarfi Arrested In Yemen

On February 4, 2021, the United Nations released a report addressed to the President of the Security Council concerning the activities of jihadi groups in Iraq and Yemen.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Shi'ite Gang Claims It Attacked Europe-Based Iraqi Citizen For Insulting Top Cleric

On February 6, 2021, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared posts in which they claimed that a Shi'ite gang had attacked an Iraqi individual residing in Europe.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Large Shipment Of Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Transferred To Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Militias In Eastern Syria

According to a report on a Syrian opposition website, on February 9, 2021, the Iranian-supported Shi'ite militias in eastern Syria received a large delivery of weapons, which included anti-aircraft missiles.

 

Amid Surge Of Attacks, Iraqi Shi'ite Group Claims Second Attack On U.S. Military Logistics Convoy

On February 7, 2021, an Iraqi Shi'ite group released a statement claiming responsibility for an attack on a U.S. military logistics convoy.

 

PMU Twitter Supporters Call For Revenge On Saudi Arabia Claiming It Is Responsible For ISIS Attacks In Iraq

In recent weeks there has been a significant increase in Islamic State (ISIS) terror attacks across Iraq, including a double suicide attack in the center of Baghdad on January 21, 2021, in which dozens of people were killed.

 

 

ISIS Editorial Rebuts Claims By Jihadi Groups That Implementing Allah's Shari'a Should Be Postponed, Defends Death Penalty For Apostates

On February 11, 2021 the weekly newspaper of the Islamic State (ISIS), was published. It included an editorial defending the group's position against groups it deemed to be apostates and polytheists.

 

Pro-ISIS Outlet Releases Poster Urging Followers In Europe To Perpetrate Solo Attacks

On February 9, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster addressing its followers in the West.

 

In Al-Naba' Exclusive, ISIS Claims Abduction Of UN Employee In Nigeria, Attack On Hindus In Kabul, Afghanistan, Killing Several

On February 11, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its weekly newspaper which included two exclusive reports claiming that the group's fighters had attacked a Red Cross office and abducted a U.N employee in Nigeria.

 

Islamic State West Africa Province Claims Attack On Christian Town In Nigeria

On February 11, 2021, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on a Christian town south of Borno State in Nigeria.

 

Editorial In Issue 12 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Warns Pakistani Army: 'We Have Come To Slaughter You'; 'Soon Your Heads Will Roll Under The Feet Of The Mujahideen'

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The opening article in the latest issue of the Islamic State (ISIS) magazine Sawt Al-Hind declares that the government of Pakistan is apostate, vows to wage war against the Pakistani armed forces, and targets Shi'ites and Qadianis in Pakistan.

 

ISIS Editorial Downplays Group's Defeat, Says Major Conquests, Solidified Presence Are To Come

On February 4, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its weekly newspaper which included an editorial downplaying the group's defeat and stressing its conviction that the group will take over larger areas in the future, and that many people will join the Muslims community.

 

ISIS Video Documents Ambush, Equipment Seized During Operations In Nigeria

On February 10, 2021, an Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a short video clip from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) documenting an ambush in Borno State, Nigeria.

 

Report: ISIS Kills Members Of Regime And Pro-Regime Forces In An Ambush In The Syrian Desert

On February 8, 2021, a Syrian pro-rebel media outlet reported that Islamic State (ISIS) fighters had ambushed a convoy of Assad regime forces and a pro-regime militia.

 

ISIS Supporters Threaten Hamas In Clip On Telegram

On February 9, 2021, a Telegram channel operated by supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) from Gaza published a short video threatening Hamas.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Group Releases Video Portraying ISIS As Strong And Resilient

On February 7, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media operation released a new video clip which aims to convey the message that ISIS remains strong, resilient, and committed to its objectives.

 

Foreign Jihadi Commander, Former Member Of Al-Qaeda Affiliate, Assassinated In Idlib Region

On February 7, 2021, several Syria-based jihadi accounts on Telegram and Twitter reported that a jihadi military commander had been shot to death by two unidentified assailants.

 

Al-Qaeda Media Group Threatens Russian, Turkish Forces In Syria

On February 9, 2021, a group of Al-Qaeda media operatives which appears to be based in Syria shared a poster, that was first released on September 17, 2020, threatening Russian and Turkish forces in Syria.

 

Following Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Arrest Of Official In Al-Qaeda Affiliate, Al-Qaeda Supporters Accuse HTS Of Injustice, Compare It To ISIS

On February 10, 2021, several Syria-based jihadi Telegram channels reported that security operatives from jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) had arrested a religious official in Al-Qaeda affiliate Hurras Al-Din.

 

Unknown Jihadi Group Claims IED Attack On Headquarters Of 'Apostate' Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham In Syria's Idlib In Response To Campaign Against 'People Of Monotheism And Jihad'

On February 7, 2020, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated Syrian jihadi cleric shared a post on Telegram containing a brief statement released by an unknown group.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram Users Celebrate New Group's Claim Of Attacking Turkish Patrol In Idlib; HTS Supporters Say Attack Never Happened, Photos Falsified

On February 10, 2021, a new jihadi group claimed that its fighters targeted a Turkish military vehicle in the Idlib countryside.

 

Article On Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) News Website Defends Leader's Recent Media Appearance With U.S. Journalist, Says Its Serves Syrian Revolution

On February 9, 2021, the news agency of Haya't Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published an article defending the recent interview given by HTS's leader to an American journalist.

 

Syria-Based Jihadi Group Video Highlighting Sniping Operations, Including Gunning Down Russian Officer

On February 9, 2021, a Syria-based jihadi group released a video highlighting its fighters' sniping operations, including the killing of a Russian officer.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Militias Loyal To Iran Are Disguising Their Presence In Eastern Syria For Fear Of Aerial Attacks

On February 6, 2021, a Syrian opposition website reported that following recent aerial attacks in eastern Syria against bases belonging to militias which are loyal to Iran, these militias have begun to take measures to reduce their vulnerability to attack.

 

Commanders Of Iran-Backed Syrian Militia Acting To Establish A Tribal Force To Expel U.S., Turkish Forces From Syria

A London-based daily reported on February 1, 2021 that a tribal militia is being established in Syria.

 

Jihadi Faction In Idlib Claims To Have Killed Russian And Syrian Soldiers In Rocket Attack

A February 7, 2021 uncorroborated statement by a Syrian jihadi group claims that the group targeted a Russian military base south of Idlib, killing several Russian and Syrian soldiers.

 

Al-Shabab Video Series Blames Somali Government, Foreign Interests For Local Poverty; Castigates Turkey For Using Islam As A Pretext To Exploit Somali Resources

On February 9, 2021, Al-Shabab's media wing released part three of a seven-part documentary video series[ about the current situation in Somalia.

 

Al-Shabab Documentary Series Denounces Exploitation Of Somali Resources By Foreign Powers, Government Corruption

On February 7 and February 9, 2021, the media wing of Al-Shabab released parts two and three of a seven-part documentary video series about the current situation in Somalia.

 

In First Episode Of Documentary Series Decrying Somali Government, Al-Shabab Claims: Somali President, Prime Minister Are 'Puppets' Moved By Western Countries

On February 5, 2021, the media wing of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) released the first episode in a series of documentary-style videos about the Somali government.

 

Telegram Channels Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Release Anti-U.S. Posters, One Depicting Drone Attack On Saudi Capital

On February 8, 2021, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq released anti-U.S. posters and a poster expressing an intention to attack the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

 

In Long Essay, Indian Jihadi Urges Fellow Muslims To Join Kashmir-Based Ansar Ghazwatul Hind: 'If The Muslims Of India Will Stand Up, The Oppression On Kashmir Will Eventually Stop'

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On January 31, 2021, a media group apparently associated with Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, published a long essay by an Indian Muslim who called on Muslims to join the AGH, which is active mainly in Kashmir valley, and launch jihadi terror attacks on Indian agencies outside Kashmir.

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