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January 8, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1160

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: January 1 – 8, 2022

January 8, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1160

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: Telegram Channel: CENTCOM Commander McKenzie On Hit List Of 'Resistance Axis' In Retaliation For Soleimani Assassination

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On January 3, 2022, a Telegram channel supporting the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq posted reports, allegedly quoted from "agencies" affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which include threats to CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban Leaders Say Battalion Of Suicide Bombers Will Be Part Of Afghan Army, Threaten To Deploy 2,000 Suicide Bombers At Afghan Embassy In Washington D.C. If The U.S. Deploys 2,000 Troops At U.S. Embassy In Kabul

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In recent months, Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan issued statements revealing the Taliban's jihadi ideology and threatening the West.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Baghdad Operations Command: Intention To Attack U.S. Embassy In Baghdad On Anniversary Of Soleimani's Death; Threats To Attack U.S. Forces On Iraq-Jordan Border

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On December 31, 2021, Iraqi news websites disclosed a memorandum from Baghdad Operations Command which states that there is "confirmed" intelligence about the intention of "elements outside the law" to attack the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

 

EXCLUSIVE: As Islamic State Strikes In Uganda, Christians Remain Key Target In Group's Expansionist African Campaign

By: Romany Shaker

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With no formal announcement, the Islamic State (ISIS) quietly launched attacks, including suicide operations, in another Christian-majority African country, Uganda, during October and November 2021.

 

Article In October 2021 Issue Of Al-Qaeda Magazine Calls On Muslim Soldiers To Follow Example Of Nidal Hasan, Muhammad Al-Shamrani By Killing American Military Personnel: 'These Tyrant American Soldiers And Their High-Ranking Officers Walk Around You... Make Your Abode In Paradise Like Martyr Shamrani By Killing Them'

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An article in the latest issue of Al-Qaeda magazine "Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind" calls on Muslim military personnel, especially those in the U.S., to follow the example of Muhammad Al-Shamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, who killed three men and injured eight in an attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.

 

ISIS Fighters Burn Church, Christian Homes In Northeastern Nigeria

On January 4, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) published photos showing its fighters burning a church and property of a Christian community in northeastern Nigeria.

 

'Al-Naba' Editorial Calls On Muslims To Turn Christian Holidays Into 'Funerals And Tragedies'

The December 30, 2021 issue of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba features an editorial calling for attacks on the Christians during the holiday season.

 

Ahead Of New Year 2022, Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Group Urges Lone Wolf Attacks In West To Avenge Western Anti-Muslim Actions

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On December 28, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a 10-minute video titled, "O Lone Wolf: When Will You Wake Up?" The video urges ISIS supporters in Western countries to perpetrate lone wolf attacks during the current holiday season.

 

Indonesian Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Continued To Threaten U.S., Coalition Countries, During Holiday Season

On December 31, 2021, an Indonesian pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released four new posters threatening the U.S. and the countries in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS during the imminent New Year celebrations.

 

Slain ISIS Military And Media Operative In Somalia Profiled In ISIS Weekly

The most-recent issue of Al-Naba' (Issue 319), the official weekly magazine published by the Islamic State (ISIS), released on December 30, 2021, contains the biography of an ISIS media and military operative in Somalia.

 

ISIS Claims Attacks On Two Military Camps In The Philippines

On January 5, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) issued a statement claiming that three days before, on January 2, its operatives killed three Filipino soldiers and wounded six others in attacks on two Philippine Army military camps.

 

Article In Issue 2 Of Urdu-Language ISIS Magazine Warns Supporters Of Democracy: 'The Islamic Caliphate Has Imprinted Its Claws On Your Necks And The Lion-Hearted Soldiers Of ISIS Are Sitting In Wait For Your Lapdogs In Every City Of Pakistan'

An article titled "The Time For Your Destruction has Come" argues that Pakistan is the door for "Ghazwa-e-Hind [Battle for India]."

 

Prolific Pro-ISIS Media Group Urges Followers To Join Media Team To Support 'Blessed Caliphate'

On December 28, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group published a post on Telegram presenting the group's history and urging ISIS followers to join it media team.

 

Pro-ISIS British Preacher Anjem Choudary Launches Twitter Campaign Calling For Release Of Muslim Prisoner Munir Farooqi, Closure Of UK's Frankland Prison

On January 4, 2022, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) British preacher Anjem Choudary published a press release on his Telegram channel announcing the launch of a Twitter campaign to "raise awareness regarding oppression of manmade laws."

 

Myanmar Jihadi Group Which Pledged Allegiance To ISIS Publishes Book In English Describing Paradise, Encouraging Jihad And Martyrdom

On December 26, 2021, the media outlet of a Myanmar-based Rohingya jihadi group released a 60-page book in English which describes jihad and martyrdom as being among the best ways to attain Paradise.

 

In Interview With U.S.-Born Jihadi Reporter, Canada-Based Pro-Al-Qaeda Cleric Predicts Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Will 'Sell Out' Foreign Fighters, Advises Them To Unite And Stand Firm

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On December 29, 2021, On the Ground News (OGN), a pro-jihad media outlet run from northern Syria by a U.S.-born journalist, posted a video on YouTube titled "Where did the Syrian Revolution Go Wrong? Part 2."

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Publishes Article On Bitcoin By Jihadi Ideologue

On January 3, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda publisher released Issue 23 of its "Ibnat Al-Islam" women's magazine, which contains an article discussing cryptocurrencies, specifically Bitcoin, by a jihadi ideologue.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Launches Military Recruitment Campaign

On December 25, 2021, Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) launched a recruitment campaign for its military arm titled, "We will Certainly Strengthen Thy Arm through Thy Brother" (Quran 28:35).

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) In Syria Releases Clip Showing Daily Life Of Operatives, Uyghur Community

On December 24, 2021, the media arm of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), an Uyghur jihadi group active in Syria, released a 47-minute video clip which portrays the life and activities of the Uyghur community and its mujahideen in Syria.

 

Accusations Of French 'Continuous War' Against Muslims In Article In Praise Of 2020 Murder Of French Teacher In Pro-Al-Qaeda Magazine

The January 3, 2022, Issue 23 of the Ibnat Al-Islam (Daughter of Islam) quarterly magazine released by a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet includes an article titled, "Excuse Me, It Isn't Macron But One Continuous War."

 

Houthis Reportedly Establish Political Office In Berlin Following Back-Channel Negotiations

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On January 2, 2022 a London-based media outlet reported that the Houthis have established an office of political and diplomatic representation in Berlin, Germany, following back-channel negotiations between Berlin and Sana'a.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Iranian Militias Transport Medium- and Long-Range Missiles To Fortified Area Near U.S. Forces At Al-Tanf Garrison In Syria

On January 3, 2022, a Syrian opposition website reported that earlier on the same day "the militias subordinate to Iran" transported "advanced weaponry" to a facility situated in the rural area near Homs.

 

Escalation Of Attacks Continues, Increasing Use Of Drones, Against U.S. Forces In Iraq

Between June 5 and 6, 2022, there were reports of six different types of attacks targeting American forces across Iraq.

 

Escalation Of Attacks Against U.S. Targets In Iraq, Two Bases, Two Convoys Attacked In Two Days

There was a clear escalation in attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq between January 3 and 4, 2022, apparently to mark the anniversary of the January 3, 2020 assassinations of IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Deputy Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport.

 

Coordinating Body Of Iraqi Resistance Threatens To Renew Attacks On U.S. Forces If They Do Not Withdraw From Iraq

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As the year draws to a close, there are indications that the U.S. does not mean to heed the demand of the Iran-backed militias to withdraw its forces from Iraq by December 31.

 

Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias In Iraq: We Will Declare War Against U.S. Forces If They Don't Leave By End Of 2021

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As the end of the year 2021 approaches, the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq have escalated their threats against the U.S. forces deployed there, promising "war" if these forces do not withdraw from the country by midnight on December 31, 2021.

 

Praising Iraqi Youth For Marking Second Anniversary Of Killing Of Soleimani, Al-Muhandis, Iran-Backed Shi'ite Group Vows Revenge: The Sons Of The Resistance Will Not Rest Until U.S. Is Driven Out Of Iraq In Humiliation, Defeat

On January 3, 2022, the website of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia published a statement commemorating the second anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Deputy Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport.

 

Telegram Channel Supporting Iran-Backed Militias Posts Video 'As Message To CENTCOM Commander McKenzie,' Threatening Attacks On U.S. Embassy, Al-Asad Airbase

As part of the threats to target U.S. forces in Iraq in retaliation for the death of Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and PMU deputy-commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, a Telegram channel which supports the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, issued an animation graphic which threatens attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the Ayn Al-Asad airbase and U.S. military convoys.

 

Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Says Governance In Muslim Nations Not Based On Shari'a, Adds: 'Pakistan's Political Structure... Does Not Represent An Islamic System' Of Government

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Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization which seized power on August 15, 2021), has said in an interview that was livestreamed on Facebook that the system of government in Pakistan and other Muslim countries does not represent Islam and is not in the true spirit of shari'a.

 

During The Week Ending December 26, 2021, Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Claimed Attack On Pakistan's Federal Minister Shibli Faraz, Carried Out Multiple Attacks In Bajaur Agency

This report reviews attacks that Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) claimed during the week ending December 26, 2021.

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