July 15, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1079

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: July 10 – July 17, 2021

July 15, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1079

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: How ISIS Branded Ramadan As The Month Of Jihad

By: S. Benjamin

While the holy month of Ramadan is of undeniable importance in Salafi-jihadi ideology, being rooted in the Quran and in the Muslim tradition, the Islamic State (ISIS) has come to place special emphasis on the month, as is evident in the group's media output.


EXCLUSIVE: Salafi-Jihadi ideologue: Turkey's Proposal To Keep Troops In Afghanistan Is Influenced By 'False American Vision,' Ethnic Ties With Afghan Uzbeks

On July 13, 2021, the Taliban issued a statement commenting on Turkey's proposal to leave some 500 troops at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to secure foreign diplomatic missions after the remaining NATO forces leave.


EXCLUSIVE: Editorial Of ISIS Weekly Al-Naba: Europe's Concern About ISIS' Presence In Africa Is Justified; We Are Headed For Rome

ISIS's weekly Al-Naba, published on July 8, 2021, addresses the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, held in Rome on June 28, which focused on the ISIS threat in Africa and the Sahel, which was said to be a threat to Europe.


EXCLUSIVE: Shi'ite Militias Reject U.S. Call To Refrain From Targeting Its Forces In Iraq: We Will Continue Until You Leave, And Celebrate Over The Bodies Of Your Soldiers

In a July 9, 2021 interview, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood addressed the recent escalation of hostilities between the U.S. forces in Iraq and the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias there.


ISIS Military Official Describes Attacks On Electric Towers In Iraq As 'Comprehensive Economic Raid,' Threatens More Campaigns


Issue 294 of the Islamic State weekly included an interview with an ISIS "military official" in Iraq discussing the recent campaign of attacks on Iraq's electricity infrastructure.


ISIS Claims Operations Targeting Egyptian Armed Forces in Sinai

Since July 11, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for three operations which targeted the Egyptian Armed Forces in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.


ISIS Reports Ongoing Clashes With Mozambique Armed Defense Forces

From late March-early April 2021, when the Islamic State (ISIS) reported taking over the coastal town of Palma in northeast Mozambique, until July 2021, the organization did not publish any official reports about operations in the area.


ISIS East Asia Province Publishes Pictorial Report Documenting Daily Life Of Fighters In The Philippines

On July 14, 2021, the Islamic State's (ISIS) East Asia Province published a pictorial report documenting the daily activities of its fighters in the Philippines.


Al-Naba Weekly Details ISIS Activity In Philippines In Recent Months

Issue 294 of ISIS' weekly Al-Naba, published July 8, 2021, includes a report on the organization's operations in the Philippines in the last six months, and on one operation in Indonesia.


Issue 17 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Calls Upon Muslims To Fight Secularism, Says Islam's Founder Muhammad Fought Against Polytheists Even Though They Believed In The Lordship Of Allah

The latest issue of the jihadi magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") includes an article describing secularism as shirk ("polytheism") that militates against the deen ("religion") of Islam.


Jihadi Song In Issue 17 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind': 'We Are Slaughtering Kufr [Unbelief] And... Trampling On Skulls And Pulling Out Hearts'

The latest issue of the jihadi magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") includes an English translation of a jihadi song promoting jihad among the followers of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Indian subcontinent.


Pro-ISIS Tech Group Warns Against Encrypted Messaging App Wickr, Recently Acquired By Amazon; Recommends Element As Secure Alternative

On July 14, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) tech group published a poster warning ISIS supporters against using the encrypted messaging platform Wickr, which was acquired by Amazon.


Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Seeks To Recruit 'Experienced Graphic Designers' To 'Defend' Islam On 'Media Front'

On July 7, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media foundation, announced that it is seeking to recruit "experienced and knowledgeable" graphic designers.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Mourns Death Of Former Mufti Of Yemen

On July 13, 2021, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) published a condolence message to mark the death of Sheikh Muhammad bin Ismail Al-'Amrani who died the previous day at age 99.


Group For The Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Video Documents Attacks On France's Barkhane Forces In Mali

On July 9, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Mali, Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), released a video documenting the group's recent attacks in Mali.

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Religious Official's Post On Afghan Taliban's 'Steadfastness' Sparks Criticism From Al-Qaeda Supporter

On July 5, 2021, a senior religious official of the Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which controls Idlib, shared a post highlighting the factors that have contributed to the Taliban's steadfastness.


Following Ahmad Jibril's Death In Damascus, PFLP Praises His Role In Fight Against Israel, Support For 'Axis Of Resistance'; Salafi-Jihadi Figures Dub Him 'Mercenary' Of Syrian Regime

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On July 7, 2021, Ahmad Jibril, the leader of Al-Jabhah Al-Sha'biyyah Li-Taḥrir Filastin, or the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – designated by the United States, the European Union, and Israel as a terrorist group – reportedly died at the age of 83 in a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus.


Article From Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Calls For Assassination Of Pro-Government Saudi, Emirati "Heretical" Media Figures

On July 6, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet published an article calling for the assassination of anyone who insults Islam or the Prophet Muhammad.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Publishes Article Accusing Turkey's First President, Kemal Atatürk, Of implementing A Western Scheme In Turkey, Driving Turks Away From Islam

On July 8, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet published an article accusing Turkey's first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, of implementing a Western scheme, driving Turks away from Islam and replacing Allah's shari'a with man-made laws.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Weekly Focuses On Attacks On German, French Targets

The latest issue of a pro-Al-Qaeda weekly, published on July 9, 2021, included two short articles and an infographic poster focusing on attacks by Al-Qaeda affiliates targeting French and German forces, especially in Mali.


Pro-Al-Qaeda 'Wolves Of Manhattan' Magazine Releases Statement Praising 'Blessed' Attack Carried Out By Somali 'Hero' In Germany, Urging Muslim Youths To Carry Out Similar Attacks, Warning Germany: 'Do Not Think You Can Defeat Muslims'

On July 9, 2021, a group of Al-Qaeda media operatives a statement from the editors of a pro-Al-Qaeda magazine praising a knife attack by a Somali immigrant in Germany.


Pro-HTS Writer To Foreign Fighters In Idlib: Like The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), You Must Respect HTS Military, Civilian Authority

On July 14, 2021, a pro-Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel shared an article addressing the escalating tension between jihadi foreign fighters and HTS following the latter's warning that members of foreign jihadi groups should join its ranks or leave Idlib.


Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias Continue To Defy U.S. Call To Stop Targeting Its Forces In Iraq; Say: The Call Reveals The 'Weakness' Of The U.S. And Its Allies

On July 11, 2021, a Shi'ite militia published a statement in response to the call made by U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood to Shi'ite militias to stop targeting U.S. forces in Iraq.


Political Council Member Of Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militia Accuses U.S., U.K. Of Destabilizing Shi'ite Provinces In Hopes Of Postponing Election, Delaying Withdrawal Of U.S. Forces

On July 13, 2021, a member of the political council of an Iran-back Shi'ite militia in Iraq tweeted a message accusing the U.S. and the U.K. of acting to destabilize the situation in Shi'ite provinces in south Iraq.


On Telegram, Iran-Backed Militias Claim U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Justifies Their Presence In Iraq To Defend Shi'ites

On July 6, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq, published a poster addressing U.S. foreign policy in Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.


Hassan Nasrallah Highlights The Importance Of Media In The Campaign Against The American Hegemony And Israel

On July 5, 2021, Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah opened the proceedings of a conference in Beirut with a speech delivered, as has been his custom in recent years, via video conference.


Editor Of Pro-Hizbullah Daily: U.S., French Ambassadors To Lebanon Represent 'Occupying Powers,' Should Be Expelled, Even By Force

In a July 10, 2021 article, the editor of a pro-Hizbullah daily called on the Lebanese to boycott and expel the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, and the French ambassador to Lebanon, Anne Grillo, "even by force."


Afghan Taliban Dismiss Reports Of Civil War In Afghanistan: 'Those Fantasizing About Perpetuating The Conflict In Our Country Must Closely Study This Situation'

As the Taliban jihadi forces and the Afghan troops continue to fight in various regions of Afghanistan, the Taliban has rejected foreign media reports that speak of the country slipping into a civil war.

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