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January 27, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1164

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: January 22 – 29, 2022

January 27, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1164

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: In Video, Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Accuses Qatar, Al Jazeera Of Serving The U.S., Defaming Al-Qaeda, Normalizing Israel

On January 26, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released the second part of a video series of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, titled "Deal Of The Century Or The Crusade of the Century."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Yemen's Houthis Launch Airborne Attacks On Saudi Arabia, UAE, Threaten: Continued 'Aggression' By These Countries Will Be Met With Further Escalation

On January 24, 2022, Houthi Military Spokesman Yahya Sarea released a statement on Twitter by the Houthi Armed Forces, in which it claimed responsibility for airborne attacks on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia that took place the same day.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channels Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Celebrate Houthi Attacks On UAE

Following the January 17, 2022 attacks by the Yemen-based Ansar Allah (Houthi) movement on targets in the UAE, several Telegram channels supporting the Iran-backed militias in Iraq published posters mocking and threatening the UAE.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Threatens Attack On Dubai Expo

January 2022 has seen yet another escalation in the fighting between the Yemeni Houthi Ansar Allah movement, which is supported by Iran, and the UAE.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Houthi Twitter Accounts Disseminate Posters Threatening To Attack Dubai Expo, Raise Funds To Empower Houthi Missile Capabilities

On Twitter, supporters of the Yemeni Ansar Allah Movement, aka the Houthis, are continuing to disseminate statements made by Houthi officials threatening to attack more targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

EXCLUSIVE: Article On Hizbullah Website: Only Cessation Of Aggression Against Yemen Will Save UAE From More Houthi Attacks; U.S. Drone Base In Sharorah, Saudi Arabia, Is In Range Of Houthi Fire

The Hizbullah news website published an article who warns that if the UAE doesn't stop its aggression against the Houthis, the aggression directed against the UAE will increase.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Launch Fundraising Campaign For Weapons And Drones For The Houthi Battle Against Saudi Arabia And The UAE

On January 24, 2022, Telegram channels that support the Iran-backed militias in Iraq launched a fundraising campaign for the Houthi Ansar Allah movement.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Acknowledging Ansar Allah Used Al-Qaeda Against UAE In Yemen, Op-ed On Official Houthi Website Says That Israel, U.S. Encouraged Abu Dhabi Crown Prince To Meddle In Yemen

On January 20, 2022, the official website of the Iran-backed Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, published an op-ed discussing the January 17, 2022, attack the group launched on civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Editorial In Al-Qaeda Magazine Calls Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker Malik Faisal Akram A 'Martyr,' Says: 'There Is No Greater Enemy Of Islam And Inhabitants Of Islam Than The Jews'

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Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released the latest issue of its Urdu-language magazine in which it describes the Texas synagogue hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram as "martyr" and says that Jews run the American government.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Following ISIS Attack In Diyala, Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Threaten U.S., UAE, And Iraqi Government For Their Alleged Support Of ISIS

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On January 21, 2022, Islamic State (ISIS) attacked an Iraqi military base near Al-'Udhaim in the Diyala Province in the east of the country.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Yemen's Houthi Supreme Political Council Member: We Do Not Declare Targets In Advance, In Keeping With Strategy Of Revolution's Leader

On January 26, 2022, a member of Ansar Allah's Supreme Political Council published an article on his Telegram channel and on his Twitter account, titled "Strategy of the Leader of the Revolution Regarding the Rules of the Confrontation."

 

British Pro-ISIS Preacher Offers Four Realistic Ways In Which 'Islam Will Dominate The World,' Reiterates Islamic Prophecy That 'Muslims [Will] Conquer The White House!'

On January 22, 2022, a British pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher published a post on his blog saying that "the world will be under the authority of the Muslims" who will implement shari'a in the U.S., Russia, China, India, the UK, Italy, and France.

 

ISIS Attacks Central Prison In East Syria

On January 20, 2022, ISIS fighters broke into the central prison in Al-Hasakah, Syria, operated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in which thousands of the organization's members are incarcerated.

 

ISIS Claims Attack On Northeast Syria Prison, Amid Reports That ISIS Prison Escapees Were Arrested By Syrian Democratic Forces

On January 21, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for an attack on the Ghuwayran prison controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of Al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria.

 

ISIS Claims Killing More Than 200 SDF Members, Freeing More Than 800 Prisoners, In Coordinated Attack On Al-Hasakah Prison; Releases Videos Of Attack, SDF Hostages

On January 20, 2022, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters broke into the Al-Sina'ah central prison in the Ghuwayran neighborhood of Al-Hasakah city, in northeastern Syria, which is operated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

 

On Fifth Day Of Clashes Following Prison Break In Northeastern Syria, ISIS Claims Inflicting Further Casualties On SDF Forces At Prison, Releases Footage Of Fighting

On the evening of January 20, 2022, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters broke into the Al-Sina'ah Central Prison in the Ghuwayran neighborhood of Al-Hasakah city in northeastern Syria, which is operated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

 

ISIS Publishes Additional Videos from Al-Hasakah Prison Break: Captives Are Shown, Operatives Vow To Fight To The Death

On January 23, 2022, three days after the start of the attack on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Al-Sina'ah Central Prison in northeastern Syria, ISIS published two new videos from ISIS operatives in the prison.

 

Following ISIS Prison Break In Eastern Syria, Supporters Urge Locals To Assist Escaped Prisoners, Distribute Sweets To Celebrate, Declare More Attacks To Free Prisoners Will Follow

On the evening of January 20, 2022, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters broke into the Al-Sina'ah central prison in the Ghuwayran neighborhood of Al-Hasakah city in northeastern Syria, which is operated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

 

As Locals Demand Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Negotiate With ISIS, Pro-ISIS Media Groups Release Posters Urging Tribal Leaders To Negotiate To Ensure Release Of Hostages Held At Syrian Prison

As of January 25, 2022, clashes continue for the sixth consecutive day between Islamic State (ISIS) fighters on one side, and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and U.S. troops on the other.

 

ISIS Claims Attacks On Haftar-Led Forces In Southern Libya, In Uptick In Libya-Based Operations

On January 24, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) published a statement claiming that its fighters killed two Libyan National Army (LNA) soldiers after opening fire on their vehicles in southern Libya.

 

ISIS Releases Pictorial Report Documenting Raid On Christian Village In Borno, Nigeria

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On January 16, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement claiming that its operatives in Nigeria launched a raid on a village in Borno.

 

ISIS Weekly Newspaper Eulogizes Syrian Fighter, Security And Media Official In Its 'Story Of A Martyr' Section

On January 21, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its weekly newspaper which included a eulogy of a fighter and security and media official whom it described as "a descendant of a jihadi house."

 

ISIS Weekly: Next Generation Of Mujahideen Proves ISIS Is 'Alive And Kicking,' Expected To Conquer The World

The Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Naba' weekly includes an editorial titled "The Empowerment Generation," which praises the next generation of ISIS fighters.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Outlets Promote 'Continue Your Incitement' Media Campaign Calling For Jihad

Shortly after official weekly newspaper released by the Islamic State (ISIS), published Issue 320 on January 6, 2022, a media campaign involving the use of the hashtag #Continue_Your_Incitement was launched.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Video Highlights Sniping Unit Capabilities, Includes Footage From 40 Sniping Operations

On January 13, 2022, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a video highlighting its sniping capabilities, featuring footage from 40 sniping operations, published for the first time.

 

Pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram Channel Shares Video Report Featuring Fighters Undergoing Fitness, Endurance Training

On January 24, 2022, a pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Telegram channel shared a video report about a training camp for the factions which are part of an operation room, which features fighters undergoing fitness and endurance training.

 

Syria-Based Egyptian Jihadi Preacher Sponsors Fundraising Campaign Allowing Cryptocurrency Donations

On January 19, 2022, a Syria-based Egyptian jihadi preacher shared a poster on Telegram promoting a fundraising campaign under his auspices that is aimed at providing shelter and housing for Syrian orphans and the elderly during the winter.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Eulogizes Military Official, 'Close Associate' Of Bin Laden, Killed In U.S. Airstrike In Yemen

On January 20, 2022, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement eulogizing an AQAP military official who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen.

 

Al-Shabab Eulogizes Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Commander And Bin Laden Associate, Killed In U.S. Airstrike In Yemen

On January 25, 2022, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) released a statement eulogizing the chief military official of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen.

 

Al-Shabab Media Wing Releases Part 15 Of 'Inspire The Believers' Recruitment Series, Urging Muslim Youth To Carry Out Attacks Alone Or Join Mujahideen In Somalia

On January 19, 2022, Al-Kataib Media, the media wing of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), released part 15 of its "Inspire the Believers" video series.

 

Al-Qaeda's Nigerian Affiliate Claims Killing Over 15 'Gang Members' Involved In Kidnappings, Highway Robberies In Kaduna State, Nigeria

On January 20, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Nigerian affiliate Ansar Al-Muslimeen fi Bilad Al-Sudan, also known as Ansaru, released a statement claiming that it had killed over 15 "gang members" in Kaduna state, Nigeria on January 16, 2022.

 

Canada-Based Pro-Al-Qaeda Cleric Urges Syrian Rebels To Take Advantage Of Ukraine Crisis And Declare Jihad Against Russia In Syria

On January 27, 2022, on his Telegram channel, a Canada-based pro-Al-Qaeda cleric posted a call to take advantage of Russia's preoccupation with its conflict against the "crusader West" in the Ukraine crisis and declare jihad against it on Syrian territory.

 

On Telegram, Iran-Backed Militias Accuse U.S. Of Funding Sunni Tribal Force To Collect Intelligence, Attack Shi'ite Factions

On January 25, 2022 a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq, shared a series of posts on the emergence of a military force made up of residents of Anbar province who are receiving training at Ain Al-Assad military base under "American command."

 

Media Outlet Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Accuses Sunni Armed Group Of Attacking Iraqi Speaker's House In Anbar For His Alleged Ties With Israel, UAE

On January 25, 2022, Iraqi security forces announced that rockets were fired towards the house of Iraq's Sunni speaker of Parliament, Muhammed Al-Halbousi.

 

Taliban Magazine: Afghanistan's Reserves Of Rare Minerals, Especially Lithium And Uranium, Are An Engine For Economic Change And May 'Change The Course Of History' For The Country

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On January 21, 2022, the Taliban released its official monthly Arabic-language magazine, Al-Somood, which includes an extensive article and accompanying diagrams titled, "The Campaign to Build the Islamic Emirate."

 

Taliban Magazine Article Discusses Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Tensions, Warns: Raking Over The Past Will Not Benefit Anyone

On January 20, 2021, the Taliban's official Arabic-language magazine, Al-Somood, was released Twitter. The magazine included an article discussing the recent tension along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 

Seeking To Consolidate Taliban Power In Afghanistan, Taliban Outlet Al-Hijrat Studio Teaches Government Officials And Employees About Piety, Jihad, Government Interest In Series Of Tweets

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In a series of tweets titled "Mujahid Brother," Al-Hijrat Studio – a messaging wing of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan warns Taliban government officials and employees not to be arrogant or misuse national funds and power.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Confirms Killing In Afghanistan Of Man Said To Be TTP Commander, Spokesman

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (The Movement Of The Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has confirmed the death of a man said to be a senior TTP commander in Afghanistan, and vowed to avenge his death soon.

 

During Week Ending January 16, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Carried Out Major Attacks In Bannu And North Waziristan Districts

This port will review details of attacks claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) during the week ending January 16, 2022.

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