January 21, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1306

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: January 14-21, 2023

January 21, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1306

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 with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula Leader Batarfi: 'Defensive Jihad' Mandatory To Expel U.S., Iranian 'Proxies' From Yemen

On January 14, 2023, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a video titled "Oh, People of Faith and Wisdom," featuring leader Khalid Batarfi discussing the situation in Yemen and calling on Muslims to wage jihad and expel U.S. and Iranian "proxies" from Yemen.


EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Dissident YouTuber Announces Allegiance To ISIS In New Video, Derides Critics Of The Terrorist Group

On January 11, 2023,  an outspoken Saudi dissident YouTuber known for his criticism of the Saudi royal family and Shi'ites released a long video in which he pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), denounced the "un-Islamic" Saudi government, and derided Muslims who do not support ISIS.


EXCLUSIVE: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Statement Threatens Leadership Of Pakistan's Ruling Parties: TTP 'Is Mulling Over Taking Solid Steps Against The Ruling Imposed Groups'

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or the Movement of Pakistani Taliban) has threatened in a January 4, 2023 statement to target prominent leaders of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) if they maintain their stance of supporting the Pakistan Army against the TTP.


EXCLUSIVE: Syrian-Based Jihadi Group Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP): Delegation To China Of World Muslim Communities Council Is 'Betrayal Of Allah' And Islam, Helps China To Conceal Crimes Against Uyghurs

On January 8 and 9, 2023, a delegation from the UAE-based The World Muslim Communities Council (TWMCC) paid an official visit to several cities in the China-controlled Xinjiang Province, also known as East Turkestan. Members of the delegation included clerics and intellectuals from various countries, such as the UAE, Egypt, Syria, Bosnia, Serbia, Tunisia, Albania, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and South Sudan.


Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Claims 20 Christians Killed In DRC Church Explosion

On January 15, 2023, Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for a same-day attack inside a church in Beni area in the North-Kivu province of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


ISIS Mozambique Province Claims Controlling Highway For Hours, Capturing Drone

On January 12, 2023, the ISIS released Issue 373 of its weekly magazine Al-Naba.' Part of the issue covers five ISIS operations in Mozambique that occurred between January 8-14, 2023. In the attacks, four Mozambican soldiers were killed, more injured and an army barracks set on fire in Cabo Delgado province, northeastern Mozambique.


ISIS Weekly Editorial Calls Group's Expansion Into Africa 'Testament To ISIS Strength'; Claims Coalition's Unfulfilled Promises, Wars Among Christians Signs Of 'Decline'

On January 12, 2023, the ISIS released Issue 373 of its weekly Al-Naba' newsletter, which includes an editorial arguing that the "Crusader" coalition formed to defeat ISIS has failed to fulfill its promise to eliminate jihad, and that jihadis will continue to wage jihad as long as the "war on Islam" goes on. The editorial contends that ISIS expansion in Africa is "victory for jihad" and the war among Christians are signs of "decline and "imminent demise."


ISIS French-Language Media Outlet Claims ISIS In Africa Implements Humanitarian Initiatives, Serves Local Populations Better Than Governments

On January 17, 2023, the Islamic State's (ISIS) official French-language media outlet released a poster in French and Arabic, titled "Why is the Islamic State Fighting in Africa and the Sahel?"


Poster By Pro-ISIS Media Group Threatens White House

On January 17, 2023, a pro-ISIS outlet published a poster on its channel hosted on the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server. The poster depicts a masked operative dressed in black, holding a large bag stuffed with explosives and standing in the middle of a large crowd, with the U.S. White House in the background. The poster's text, in Arabic and English, reads: "What is coming in unexpected. Islamic State Caliphate."


Pro-ISIS Media Groups Publish Posters Threatening Attacks Against U.S., Global Coalition Member States

On January 17, 2023, pro-ISIS media outlets released posters inciting attacks against U.S. targets and member states of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS. Among the U.S. targets mentioned was the White House.


Pro-ISIS-K Arabic-Language Magazine Incites Attacks On U.S. Military Bases In Saudi Arabia, Dubs Qatar A 'Sodomite State,' Vows More Attacks Against Afghan Taliban

On January 16, 2023 a media outlet linked to the Islamic State in Khorasan (ISIS-K) which defines itself as a supporting entity for ISIS, released the second issue of its Arabic-language magazine.


Third Video In Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Series Declares Fighting Algerian Government 'One Of The Greatest Forms Of Jihad,' Mandatory For Every Muslim

On January 6, 2023 the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released the third part in a series titled "Illuminating the Minds to the Unbelief of the Rulers of Algeria."


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Two Suicide Attacks On Army Bases In Central And Southern Somalia

On January 16, 2023, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported on its Telegram channel that Al-Shabab had carried out a "martyrdom" attack on a Somali army base north of Mogadishu in Middle Shabelle province.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Sahel Claims Responsibility For Four Attacks Against Malian Forces In Past Week

On January 16, 2023, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), claimed responsibility for four attacks targeting Malian forces that were carried out over the previous week.


Al-Qaeda Sahel Affiliate Releases Video Lashing Out At Secularism In Mali, Urging Muslims To Join Jihad, Apply Shari'a

On January 17, 2023, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), published a nine-minute video titled "Apology to Your Lord."


New Media Group Aligned With Al-Qaeda Calls On Jihadis In Syria Not To Make Old Mistakes, Be Exploited By Other Groups

On January 11, 2023, a user of the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server announced the launch of a new media foundation on several platforms, and asked whether a channel for the new foundation could be opened on Rocket.Chat as well.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Escalates Assaults Against Syrian Armed Forces, Resumes Attacks Behind Enemy Lines

Starting in September 2022 there has been a significant increase in attacks by the elite units of the military arm of the Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) against Syrian Armed Forces targets. This increase is apparent in the renewal of inghimasi attacks (i.e., commando-type operations behind enemy lines in which the attackers are likely to be killed), which the organization had refrained from launching during the past two years.


Attack On Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Prison Housing ISIS Fighters, In Eastern Syria

On January 16, 2023, a pro-ISIS media channel reported about two attacks in Syria, the first against the Al-Kum "Chinese" prison run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and the second against an SDF headquarters near the town of Al-Shaddadi.


Member Of French Jihadi Group In Syria Killed By Syrian Regime

On January 15, a Telegram channel run by a group of independent jihadi clerics in Syria's Idlib region reported that a French fighter had been killed at the front south of Idlib.


Jihadi Ideologue Back On Twitter After Account Suspension

A Jordanian jihadi ideologue who is considered a spiritual mentor of Al-Qaeda has resurfaced on Twitter following the suspension of his previous account in late October or early November 2022.


After Meeting Between Dubai Ruler And Telegram Founder, Jihadi Cleric Warns: New UAE-Backed Crackdown On The Way

On January 11, 2023, Emirati media reported that Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed had a meeting with the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, publishing photos that show Durov during the reception held at the Zaabel palace in Dubai.


Afghan Foreign Minister's Speech At Book Launch: 'We Have Repeatedly Declared That The Policy Of The Islamic Emirate Is That Afghanistan Will No Longer Be An Arena Of Competition Between Great Powers'

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On December 18, 2022, the Afghan Taliban's Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized an event to mark the formal release of a book recording the achievements and activities of the ministry since the Taliban government took control of power in Afghanistan in August-September 2021.

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