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January 25, 2024 Special Announcements No. 1439

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: January 20-27, 2024

January 25, 2024
Special Announcements No. 1439

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 jttmsubs@memri.org with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Hamas Delegation Visits Moscow In Second Meeting With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Since October 7

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On January 19, 2024, a Hamas delegation, led by the organization's international relations chief Moussa Abu Marzouq, visited Moscow. This was Hamas's second visit to Russia since its October 7 attack on Israel. The delegation met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also Putin's special envoy to the Middle East.

 

EXCLUSIVE: UNIFIL Funds Civilian Project In Southern Lebanese Town Together With Hizbullah, Amal Movement

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On January 20, 2024, Lebanese Hizbullah's Al-Ahed website reported that the municipality of Maaroub, in the Tyre district, inaugurated a solar power system for the town's artesian well, which was funded by the leadership of Hizbullah; the Amal Movement; French, Finnish, and Malaysian United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) forces, and philanthropists.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State (ISIS) Supporters Threaten New Jersey Army National Guardsmen Preparing To Deploy To Iraq, Syria

On January 16, 2024, users in the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated server on Rocket Chat discussed a news report saying that Army National Guardsmen from New Jersey are preparing to deploy to Iraq and Syria.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Michigan-Based Jihadi Preacher Lambasts Muslim Americans For Electing A President Who 'Took Al-Aqsa From Muslims'; Canada-Based, Egyptian-Born Cleric: Iran's Betrayal Of Hamas 'Confirmed Beyond Doubt'

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In the aftermath of the Hamas October 7, 2023, attack against Israel, and Israel's response a day later, declaring war on Hamas and armed Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip. The country is backed by the U.S. administration's unconditional verbal and military support. Jihadi clerics based in the U.S. and Canada published their opinions on American Muslims' support for President Joseph Biden; the purpose of Hamas's attack, and whether it was worth carrying out in light of the vast devastation and humanitarian crises in the Gaza Strip.  

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Ansar Allah Movement, Lebanese Hizbullah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), All Condemn U.S. Designation Of Houthis As Specially Designated Global Terrorist Group As Support For 'Massacre' In Gaza, Say It Is Unlikely To Deter Yemen

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The U.S. State Department designated Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) once again as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group, generating a wave of denunciations from Yemen's Houthis, as well as from militant groups affiliated with the Iran-backed, Iran-led "Axis of Resistance," which includes Lebanese Hizbullah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

 

EXCLUSIVE: 'Fly Baghdad,' An Airline Linked to Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades, Responds To U.S. Treasury's Designation: 'Decision Was Based On Misleading Information, Has No Legal Basis'

On January 22, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Iraqi airline "Fly Baghdad," and its CEO, Basheer Abdulkadhim Alwan Al-Shabbani, for "providing assistance to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its proxy groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Following Inclusion Of Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades-Affiliated MP, Businesses On U.S. Treasury's OFAC List, Iran-Backed Officials, And Media Outlets Claim Decision Reflects A Lack of 'Exit Strategy' From War In Gaza; 'Honors' Persons Who Foil U.S. 'Occupation's Projects'

On January 22, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iraqi airline "Fly Baghdad," and its CEO, for providing assistance to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its proxy groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

 

Hamas Warns Against Fake Telegram Accounts Collecting Bitcoin Donations On Its Behalf

On January 18, 2024, Hamas published a post on its official Telegram channel which includes a link to a closed Telegram channel that claims to be the only official channel of the group.

 

Pro-Hamas Gaza-Based Media Outlet Continues To Solicit Donations, Stops Providing Details For Cryptocurrency Donations

On January 22, 2024, a pro-Hamas Gaza-based Telegram channel published a post soliciting donations for the purchase of "food baskets, tents, clothes" and infant formula for Gazans.

 

In Graduation Ceremony Of Second Batch Of General Mobilization Forces, Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Showcases Attack On Virtual Israeli, American, British Targets

On January 20, 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) reported on its official website that that day, the group held a military maneuver in the Bani Matar district of Yemen's Sanaa governorate.

 

Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Missile Attack On U.S. Warships In Gulf Of Eden, Bab Al-Mandab Strait

On January 24, 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) issued a statement claiming its forces carried out attacks on American destroyers and warships in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al-Mandab Strait.

 

Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Responsibility For Additional Attack Against U.S. Vessel In Gulf Of Aden; 'Military Sources' In Sanaa Warn: 'The Options For Conflict Are Open'

On January 22, 2024, the Yemeni Houthi Ansar Allah movement published a claim of responsibility for an attack against a U.S. naval vessel in the Gulf of Aden. In the statement, Houthi armed forces spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yahya Saree' stated that the attack was carried out "in support of the oppressed Palestinian people and the framework of the response to the American-British aggression against our country." He further announced: "A retaliation to the American and British attacks is unavoidable, and no future attack will go unpunished."

 

Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Releases Anti-American Poster Series Depicting The Statue Of Liberty As Death, American Soldiers As Demons, And Uncle Sam As The Devil

On January 19, 2024, the official website of the Houthi Ansar Allah Movement released a series of anti-American posters depicting American symbols, such as the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam and American soldiers, as figures of death, destruction, and evil. The posters were issued a day after Houthi leader Abd Al-Malik Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi delivered a televised address, in which he threatened "direct confrontation" with the United States. Each poster also featured selected excerpts from the address.

 

New Jihadi Group 'Al-Farouq Brigades – Sinai' Claims Series Of 'Quality' Operations Within Israel, Calls For Jihad Against 'Allah's Zionist Enemies And Their Allies' Until 'Aggression' Against Gaza Stops

In a seven-minute video posted on its Telegram channel on January 20, 2024, the recently-established group 'Al-Farouq Brigades – Sinai' claims responsibility for a series of "unprecedented attacks and operations in the depth of the occupying entity [Israel]."

 

Spokesman Of Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades Threatens To Escalate Pace Of Attacks Against U.S. Forces, Says American Missiles Injured Iraqi Soldier In Ain Al-Assad Base

On January 21, 2024, the spokesman of Iran-backed Hizbullah Brigades in Iraq, Abu Ali Al-Askari, also known as Hussein Mo'nis, published a statement on his Telegram channel in which he threatened to escalate the pace of attacks carried out by Iran-backed militias in Iraq against U.S. targets. The attacks will escalate in the coming days, according to the statement.

 

Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Threatens Attacks On U.S. Interests In Iraq, Announces Recruitment, Resumes Anti-Vice Department Behind Explosions In Baghdad

On January 19, 2024, Abu 'Ali, spokesman of the Al-Ashtar Jihadi Movement, which is part of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, issued a three-minute, 55-second video in which he appears masked, reading a statement. The Al-Ashtar spokesman threatens to attack U.S. interests in Iraq to support the Palestinian cause, and announces that the group has begun recruitment and is resuming the activities of its anti-vice detachment.

 

Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Hitting American Drone In Eastern Iraq; Drone, Rocket Attacks On U.S. Bases In Eastern Syria, Northern, Western Iraq; Drone Attack Against 'Military Target' In Israel's Golan

On January 18, 2024, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed joint operations group of Iraqi militias, published statements on Telegram claiming drone attacks against the U.S. Hemo base west of Qamishli Airport in northeastern Syria, and an additional U.S. base near Erbil International Airport in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region. The statements assert that the group will continue to "crush the enemy's strongholds."

 

Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Spate Of Missile And Drone Attacks On U.S. Forces In Syria And Iraq; Drone Attack On Israeli Port Of Ashdod

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed joint operations group of Iraqi militias, claimed a series of attacks against U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq from January 21 to January 23, 2024. The latest attacks came as part of a campaign by the militias. Since mid-October 2023, there have been over 100 assaults on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria, as well as on targets in southern and northern Israel.

 

Iran-Backed Al-Nujaba Movement Condemns U.S. Terrorist Designation Of Iraqi Parliamentarian Mu'nis Linked To Hizbullah Brigades, Mu'nis Calls Nations To End Reliance On U.S. Dollar

On January 22, 2024, the U.S. Treasury Department applied terrorist designations to Iraqi airline Fly Baghdad and its CEO for assisting Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and its proxies, as well as to Husayn Mu'nis, head of the Huqouq Movement, the political party of Iraq's Iran-backed Hizbullah Brigades, and other individuals associated with the group.

 

Following U.S. Strikes In Iraq, Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Call For Mass Demonstrations Against 'Embassy Of Evil' In Baghdad And 'Crushing Of Enemies' Strongholds;' Welcome New Phase Of 'Blockade Of Zionist Shipping In Mediterranean Sea'

On January 24, 2024, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a statement saying that, "In response to attacks by the Iranian-backed militia group Kataib Hezbollah (KH), including the attack on [Ayn] Al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq on January 20, on January 24 at 12:15 a.m. (Iraq time), U.S. CENTCOM forces conducted unilateral airstrikes against three facilities used by Iranian-backed KH militia group and other Iran-affiliated groups in Iraq. These strikes targeted KH headquarters, storage, and training locations for rocket, missile, and one-way attack UAV capabilities."

 

Following U.S. Strikes In Iraq, Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Reiterate Call To Expel U.S. Forces, Vow To Continue 'Second Stage' Of Attacks, Urge Iraqis To Follow Afghan Example

On January 24, 2024, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a statement reporting that in retaliation for attacks by the Iran-backed Iraqi Kata'ib Hizbullah (Hizbullah Brigades or KH) against U.S. bases, its forces conducted unilateral airstrikes against three facilities used by the Hizbullah Brigades and other "Iran-affiliated groups in Iraq." According to the statement, the strikes targeted the group's "headquarters, storage, and training locations for rocket, missile, and one-way attack UAV capabilities."

 

Telegram Channel Linked To Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Calls On Followers To Provide Information About U.S. Forces In Iraq, Promises Privacy, 'Complete Immunity'

On January 25, 2024, a Telegram channel which is affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published a poster on its official Telegram channel calling on followers to provide information about U.S. forces in Iraq.

 

Anti-Militia Media Outlet Claims Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades Building Own 'Drugs Empire' To Fund Operations, Increase Influence; Set To Join IRGC-Lebanese Hizbullah Monopoly Of Region's Drug Trade

On January 21, 2024, a media outlet which opposes Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared a report by a news outlet detailing how the Iran-backed Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades militia is building its own "drug empire" in Iraq with the help of Lebanese Hizbullah and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

 

Telegram Outlets Affiliated With Syrian Opposition Accuse Jordan Of Killing Civilians In Airstrike In Sweida, Syria

On January 18, 2024, Telegram channels affiliated with the Syrian opposition said that Jordan conducted an airstrike in the Syrian regime-held city of Sweida in the southern part of the country near the Jordanian border.

 

Editorial In Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Motivates Muslims To Wage Jihad, Declares Luxury And Pleasure Major Obstacle To Jihad

The editorial in Issue 426 of Al-Naba', the official weekly magazine of the Islamic State (ISIS), published on January 18, 2024, is titled "Indeed, Before This They Were Spoiled by Luxury (Quran 56:45)." The editorial seeks to persuade young Muslims to devote their lives to jihad, arguing that enjoying luxuries and worldly pleasures is one of the greatest obstacles preventing them from waging jihad.

 

Australian Center Affiliated With Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Preacher Runs Saturday School To Teach Young Children Islam

On January 12, 2024, an Islamic center in a suburb of Sydney, Australia which is affiliated with pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher Wisam (Abu Ousayd) Haddad, announced that its Saturday Shari'a School is open for enrollment for 2024.

 

Article In Issue 31 Of ISKP Magazine, 'Voice Of Khurasan,' States Persecution Of Bosnian Muslims By Serbs And Croats Continues Today, Cannot Be Addressed 'Unless The Ummah Turns Back To The Religion, Jihad In The Path Of Allah, And Attempts To Address Its Issues Through Jihad'

A key article in the current issue of the "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Media Foundation, a media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which defines itself as a supporting entity for the Islamic State (ISIS), states that Bosnian Muslims are again facing a genocide-like situation at the hands of Serbs, with anti-Muslim sentiments also being fostered by Islamophobia by far-right leaders in European countries such as Hungary and Poland.

 

In Issue 31 Of ISKP Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan,' Australian ISIS Supporter Urges Muslim Mothers To Nurse Children For Jihad: 'The Best Of The Nations (The Islamic Ummah) Needs Mothers Who Will Bring Up Their Sons To Become The Heroes Of Islam'

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A major article written by Australian ISIS supporter Abu Khalid Al-Australi in the current issue of the Voice of Khurasan – the English-language magazine of the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISKP) – urges Muslim mothers to raise their children to wage jihad.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Condemns Afghan Taliban's Security Arrangement With China To Install Cameras, Bomb Jammers In Places Of Worship

On January 17, 2024, a prolific pro-ISIS Telegram channel posted photos and commentary accusing the Afghan Taliban of enlisting China's help to control ISIS and its attacks on places of worship belonging to religious minorities in Afghanistan.

 

In Pashtu-Language Video, 'Hit And Run War,' Dari-Speaking Masked ISKP Fighter Threatens Iran: 'The Martyrdom-Seekers Of The Islamic State Will Destroy Your Apparent Security'

In a Pashtu-language video that the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) released after the January 3, 2024 bombings in Kerman, a masked terrorist, armed with a Kalashnikov, warns Iran of more terror attacks in the coming days.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Killing Almost 200 In 'Sweeping Attacks' On Bases Of Turkey- And U.S.-Trained Special Forces In Central Somalia

On January 24, 2024, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), launched attacks on several bases housing Somali special forces in the Ad area of the country's central Mudug province, claiming the death and injury of hundreds.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Attacks On Malian Military Airport, Islamic State Fighters In Burkina

On January 23, 2024, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM) claimed two attacks in the past days. The first attack targeted a military airport of Timbuktu, Mali, while the second targeted fighters affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS).

 

Article On Afghan Website Examines Afghan Taliban's Crackdown Against Hizb-ut-Tahrir And Qatar-Supported Jamiat-e-Eslah

Afghan news website Hasht-e-Subh recently published an article examining the reasons behind, and implications of, the arrests of dozens of members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban).

 

In Pashtu-Language Article, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Criticizes America's Post-2021 Presence In Afghanistan Through Aid Organizations: 'America Should Not Be Recognized As A Helper… But As A Warrior And The Only Great Enemy Of Islam And Muslims'

On January 11, 2024, the Afghan branch of the global Islamist organization Hizb-ut-Tahrir shared a Pashtu-language article on X (formerly Twitter) questioning America's non-military presence in Afghanistan after the withdrawal in August 2021.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Attacks In Pakistan More Than Tripled Between 2021 And 2023, Following Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan

This report presents a comparative analysis of terror attacks executed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from 2021 to 2023. While the TTP has been conducting terror attacks for a long time in Pakistan, the year 2021 was significant. In mid-August that year, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) came to power after a two-decade jihad against the United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan. After August 2021, TTP attacks in Pakistan rose sharply.

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