June 20, 2024 Special Announcements No. 1491

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: June 15-22, 2024

June 20, 2024
Special Announcements No. 1491

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: Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestinian Warns Foreign Nations Against Supporting U.S.-Backed 'Day After' Plan In Gaza: 'The Palestinian Resistance Will Treat Any Arab Or International Force That Comes Against The Will Of The Palestinian People As An Occupying Force'

On June 13, 2024, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) warned Arab, local, and foreign nations against supporting a U.S.-backed "day after" plan for Gaza, or else they will face the Palestinian resistance.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hizbullah Lebanese Daily 'Al-Akhbar:' Hamas And Iraq Discuss Opening Official Hamas Bureau In Baghdad For PR, Coordination With Other Resistance Factions

On June 15, 2024, the pro-Hizbullah Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar published an article about a visit to Iraq by Iran's Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani on June 13-14, during which, among others, he met with senior officials from factions in the country that are members of the Islamic resistance in Iraq.


EXCLUSIVE: In Eid Al-Adha Speech, Leader Of Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Praises Mujahideen In Palestine; Claims Al-Shabab-Controlled Areas In Somalia Enjoy 'Prosperity And Security'; Urges Muslims To Follow Senior Jihadi Figures, Including Osama Bin Laden

On June 16, 2024, the Shahada News Agency, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published an Arabic-language transcription of a speech delivered by Al-Shabab leader Ahmed Diriye aka Abu 'Ubaydah Ahmad 'Umar in honor of Eid Al-Adha.


EXCLUSIVE: In His Message On Eid Al-Adha, Afghan Taliban Leader Mullah Hibbatullah Akhundzada Defends Implementation Of Shari'a In Afghanistan, Urges Nations To Support Palestinians: 'We Strongly Condemn The Israeli Zionist Attacks'

On June 14, 2024, the pro-Taliban accounts on social media shared the annual message of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Hibbatullah Akhundzada in which he greets people on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, the three-day Feast of Sacrifice that this year was celebrated on June 17.


EXCLUSIVE: Article In Syrian Jihadi Magazine Calls To Recruit Young Muslims To Attack Israeli Interests Worldwide; Attack Inside Israel; Display 'Maximum Fury' Against U.S.

Issue 62 of the Balagh monthly magazine, which was published on June 15, 2024, focuses on the war between Hamas and other Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip against Israel that has been ongoing since October 2023.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Three Attacks On Ships In Red And Arabian Seas

On June 14, 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah movement (the Houthis) claimed that its forces had carried out three military operations during the previous 24 hours.


Arab Media Outlets: Yemen's Houthi Ansar Allah Movement And Some Iraqi Resistance Factions Comprise Joint Operations Room Run By Iran and Hizbullah; Iraqi PMU Trains Houthi Forces In Iraq

On June 6-12, 2024, for the first time, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi Ansar Allah movement (the Houthis) and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (an Iran-backed group of Iraqi militias) claimed responsibility for four joint missile and drone attacks on two targets at the Haifa Port in northern Israel and on two additional targets, one in Haifa, and one in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement: We Attacked 'American Destroyer,' Two Commercial Ships; Since Start Of Gaza War We Attacked 148 Ships, Intercepted Six Drones

On June 16, 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah movement (the Houthis) claimed responsibility for three drone and missile attacks on an "American destroyer" and on two commercial vessels in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Political Council Member Defends Group's Arrest Of UN Personnel On Espionage Charges, Offers To Provide Proof Of Guilt To China Or Russia For UN Security Council

In May-June 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah movement (the Houthis) claimed it had arrested a ring of spies who provided information to "American and Israeli intelligence services," and published videotaped "confessions" by the accused spies.


Yemen's Ansar Allah Movement (Houthis) Condemns U.S. Treasury's Sanctions As Attempt To Turn Attention Away From U.S. Support To Israel; Claims Houthis' Disruptive Naval Activity 'Ethical'

On June 17, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two individuals and five entities that have facilitated weapons procurement for Yemen's Ansar Allah Movement, a.k.a. the Houthis, including the transfer into Yemen of cruise missile components, manufacturing equipment, and materials that enabled Houthi forces to manufacture advanced conventional weapons, which are currently being used to conduct terrorist attacks against commercial ships.


Lebanese Hizbullah Documents First-Time Use Of Fragmentation Mortars In Attack On Israeli Military Position; Tallies 2,125 Operations Against Israel In 250 Days Since War Began

On June 13, 2024, the Iran-backed Lebanese Hizbullah issued a statement claiming it had targeted the Israeli "Al-Raheb" position on the Lebanese border, also known as Mount Rahav, using heavy machine guns and artillery shells, scoring direct hits on the targets.


Website Linked To Lebanese Hizbullah Counts Attacks Against Israel By Other Iran-Backed Groups

On June 13, 2024, a news website affiliated with Hizbullah provided a tally of attacks conducted by some of Iran-backed militias against Israel.


Lebanese Hizbullah Releases Video Featuring Surveillance Footage Of Israeli Military And Industrial Sites In Haifa

On June 18, 2024, a Telegram channel affiliated with Lebanese Hizbullah published a nine-minute and 31-second video featuring footage gathered from its surveillance aircraft showing locations in Israel, including the city of Haifa's sea and air ports.


Media Outlet Linked To Lebanese Hizbullah Publishes Animated Video Simulating Strikes On Tel Aviv, As Threatened By Secretary-General Nasrallah

On June 18, 2024, a media outlet linked to Lebanese Hizbullah published on Telegram a short video depicting attacks on Tel Aviv, Israel, and featuring an excerpt from a speech by Lebanese Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.


Pro-Lebanese Hizbullah Outlet Releases Video Threatening Attacks On Alleged Israeli Nuclear Sites

On June 18, 2024, a media outlet affiliated with Lebanese Hizbullah released a short video threatening Israeli nuclear site.


Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Threaten U.S. With Retaliation For Future Attacks, Following Terrorist Designation Of Iran-Backed Iraqi Ansar Allah Al-Awfiya

On June 17, 2024, the U.S. Department of State designated Iraq’s Iran-backed Ansar Allah Al-Awfiya’ Movement militia as "Specially Designated Global Terrorists" (SDGT).


Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Ansar Allah Al-Awfiya Movement Mocks U.S. Terror Designation As 'Badge Of Honor,' Secretary General: 'Plot As You Please And Save No Effort'

On June 17, 2024, the U.S. Department of State designated Iraq-based, Iran-aligned militia, Ansar Allah Al-Awfiya Movement, and the group's Secretary General Haydar Muzhir Ma'lak Al-Sa'idi Al-Gharawi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT).


Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Attack On Israeli Air Base in Haifa

On June 14, 2024, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization consisting of several Iran-backed militias, claimed that its mujahideen targeted, at dawn on that same day, the Ramat David Air Base in Israel.


Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia 'Saraya Awliya' Al-Dam' Posts Video Of June 14 Drone Attack On Israeli Base In Golan

On June 14, 2024, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia released a statement on its Telegram channel claiming responsibility for a same-day drone attack against an Israeli air force base.


Following Reports In U.S. Media Claiming Possible Elimination Of Islamic State (ISIS) Leader Abd Al-Qader Mu'min, Anti-ISIS Media Outlet Says Mu'min Unqualified, Unlikely To Be ISIS Leader

On June 1, 2024, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) reported that on the previous day its forces had launched an airstrike in Somalia that targeted Islamic State (ISIS) operatives.


Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa, Iraq, Sahel Provinces Release Photos Documenting Operatives’ Eid Al-Adha Celebrations

On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, the Islamic State (ISIS) shared several photosets documenting its fighters in West Africa, Iraq and Sahel provinces celebrating. All the operatives shown have had their faces digitally blurred.


Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Claims Killing 74 Christians In One Week’s Operations In Democratic Republic Of Congo

In recent days, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) has continued its attacks on Christian civilians in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Editorial Marks Haj Season By Accusing Saudi Rulers Of Exploiting The Ritual To Boost Their 'Broken' Image

On June 14, 2024, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 447 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram Channel Praises Hostage-Taking By Incarcerated ISIS Supporters At Russian Detention Center

On June 16, 2024, six inmates at a detention center in Russia, who reportedly had ties to the Islamic State (ISIS), took hostage two of the facility's staff, prompting a standoff with security forces.


Following Year-Long Lull, Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Resumes Attacks In Lubero Territory Of Eastern Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC), Killing 32 Christian Civilians, Four Armed Forces

In recent days, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) published statements claiming attacks on Christian civilians and Congolese armed forces in Lubero territory, in the North-Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Cover Article In Issue 36 Of ISKP Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Calls Indian PM Narendra Modi 'Staunch Enemy Of Islam' And Urges Indian Muslims To 'Choose The Path Of Jihad And Hijrah To Take Revenge On The Indian Polytheists'

A cover article in an English-language monthly magazine published by a media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which defines itself as a supporting entity for the Islamic State (ISIS), calls Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "staunch enemy of Islam" and urges Indian Muslims to avenge insults to Muslim leaders by the politicians of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.


Issue 36 Of ISKP Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Promotes Jihad During Month Of Hajj And Eid Al-Adha, Commemorates Female Muslim Warrior Umm Amarah

A cover article in an English-language monthly magazine published by a media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which defines itself as a supporting entity for the Islamic State (ISIS), calls Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "staunch enemy of Islam" and urges Indian Muslims to avenge insults to Muslim leaders by the politicians of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.


WARNING-GRAPHIC: Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Accuses Alliance Of Sahel States (AES) Of Bombing, 'Massacring' Civilians In Niger, Burkina Faso

On June 13, 2024, 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), published a statement in Arabic accusing the "Sahel coalition countries" of continuing their "series of attacks" against innocent civilians.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Killing 107 Burkinabe Forces In 'Raid Of Revenge' For 'Recurrent Massacres' Against Civilians

On June 16, 2024, 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) published a statement claiming a large-scale GSIM attack in Burkina Faso.


Jihadis Celebrate Release Of High-Ranking Figure Of Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Syria From Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Prison

On June 17, 2024, several Syrian jihadi outlets on Telegram reported that a commander and senior religious figure in Al-Qaeda's defunct affiliate in Syria, Hurras Al-Din, has been released after spending four years in prison by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).


Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Publishes Photoset Documenting Eid Celebration In Mali's Macina Region

On June 18, 2024, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), released a photoset documenting at least five groups of fighters celebrating Eid Al-Adha "on the front lines" in Mali's Macina region.


Video By Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Asserts Jihad Is 'Individual Obligation' On Every 'Able-Bodied' Muslim, Incites Jihad To Stop 'Invasions' Of Muslim Countries By 'Enemies'

On June 18, 2024, the multimedia arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published a one-hour video titled "How Can We Be Content With Abandoning Jihad?"


Jihadi Outlet Circulates 'Inspire Tweets' Poster Series Amplifying Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Calls To Muslims In The West To Stage Attacks Targeting Prominent Figures, Transportation

On June 9, 2024, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet began circulating a series of Arabic-language posters encouraging lone operatives to carry out armed attacks against individuals and infrastructure in the West.


Idlib-Based Store Selling Military Gear, Linked To Military Training Groups Run By Foreign Fighters

On June 17, 2024, the official outlet of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a photoset showing the leadership of the group's elite Red Headbands and Khalid bin Al-Walid Battalion paying a visit to military wing head Murhaf Abu Qusrah aka Abu Al-Hasan Al-Hamawi and other military leadership.


In Urdu-Language Article, Afghan Taliban Writer Criticizes 'Fox News' Report: 'The Defeat Of A Heavily Armed Power Like The U.S. By A System As Unarmed As The Taliban Is Undoubtedly An Unbearable Tragedy'

Recently, the Urdu-language website of the Afghan Taliban published an article criticizing a Fox News report critical of the Taliban government for banning girls' education and for other such policies.


In Pashtu-Language Article, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan Criticizes Afghan Taliban And Other Muslim Governments Of Failing To Intervene Militarily In Gaza

On June 12, 2024, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan published a Pashtu-language article criticizes Islamic countries and the Afghan Taliban of failing to intervene in the Gaza war.


In Part Seven Of Urdu-Language Video, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Claims It Has Training Centers Across Pakistan; Urges Jihadi Fighters To Pray For Aafia Siddiqui, Jailed In U.S.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or the Movement of Pakistani Taliban) has released a new video featuring mujahideen formations in mountainous areas along the porous Pak-Afghan border region.


Pro-Afghan Taliban Media Outlet In Urdu-Language Article: 'It Was The Blessing Of Caliph Harun Al-Rashid's Unsheathed Sword That Forced The Romans To Flee Into The Mountains Of Tarsus During The Snowy Season'

In an Urdu-language article, a website connected to the intelligence department of the Afghan Taliban laments that the Islamic Ummah has abandoned the militarized traditions of Islam.


Deputy Director Of Afghan Taliban General Directorate Of Intelligence (GDI): Anti-Taliban Resistance Groups Are 'A Rebellion Against The Islamic System; Their Manifesto Is To Bring Freedom And Democracy To Afghanistan'

On May 2, 2024, the spokesperson of the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI, the Afghan Taliban's espionage agency), posted a series of three video clips of GDI's Deputy Director Al-Hajj Mullah Rahmatullah Najeeb in which he tells a gathering that the anti-Taliban resistance groups are fighting to establish democracy in Afghanistan.


In Dari-Language Video, Pro-Afghan Taliban Islamic Cleric Mullah Abdul Qadir Hami Criticizes Tajikistan Headscarf Ban, Says Jihad Is Obligatory Against Government Of President Emomali Rahmon

On June 5, 2024, a pro-Afghan Taliban account on X released a Dari-language video featuring Mullah Abdul Qadir Hami, a supporter of the Afghan Taliban and a prominent preacher in northern Afghanistan.


In Dari-Language Video, Afghan Islamic Cleric Mawlawi Yahya Annabi Advocates Violence Against Unbelievers: 'Killing People Is A Characteristic Of A Muslim; A Muslim Must Kill The Unbeliever'

On April 30, 2024, an Afghan channel on YouTube released a Dari-language video in which Islamic cleric Mawlawi Yahya Annabi of Panjshir province in Afghanistan preaches, apparently delivering a sermon in a mosque, violence against non-Muslims.


Hizb-ut-Tahrir Condemns Iran's Border Fence On Afghan Border, Calls It 'A Source Of Separation Of The Ummah': 'There Is No Need For Passport, Visa, Residence Permit And Work Permit For A Muslim To Travel To Another Islamic Land'

On May 16, 2024, the Afghanistan branch of the global Islamist organization Hizb-ut-Tahri issued a statement, which it translated into English, rejecting Iranian government's move to fence the border with Afghanistan in order to prevent Afghan youths from entering Iran for work.

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