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June 27, 2024 Special Announcements No. 1493

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: June 22-29, 2024

June 27, 2024
Special Announcements No. 1493

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: ISIS Supporters Celebrate Russia's Dagestan Attacks On Church, Synagogue, Eagerly Await Official Claim Of Responsibility By ISIS

On June 24, 2024, news agencies reported that a synagogue, Orthodox church, and police checkpoints were targeted by gunmen in a coordinated series of attacks in Russia's southernmost Dagestan province.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis On Telegram Continue To Celebrate Dagestan Attacks; Variously Claim Perpetrators Linked To Al-Qaeda, UK-Based Chechen Politician; Predict Attacks Will Lead Russia To Announce Support For Hamas, Iran

In recent days, jihadi channels and media outlets have continued to publish posts celebrating the June 23 attacks in Russia's southern Republic of Dagestan, for which no group has yet to claim responsibility. This report reviews a selection from these posts.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Son Of Jihadi Idealogue Abdullah Azzam Claims That Afghan Taliban Told Tehran: 'We Are Ready To Send Fighters To Support Mujahideen In Palestine, Lebanon'

On June 22, 2024, the son of the slain Palestinian jihadi theologian and leader Shiekh Abdullah Azzam shared a post on X (formerly Twitter) claiming the Afghan Taliban was planning to participate in the war against Israel, and has already taken steps in this direction.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hamas Military Wing 'Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Reveals Its First Use Of Chinese Anti-Tank Missile, In War Against IDF In Southern Gaza Strip

On June 24, 2024, the official Telegram channel of the Hamas 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades military wing posted a short videoclip showing the first time it has used the Chinese Red Arrow anti-tank missile, when it fired it at an IDF Ofek Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).

 

Exclusive: Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Editorial Praises Group's Operations In Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC), Warns Christians: Either Convert To Islam, Pay Jizyah Tax, Or Die

On June 21, 2024, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 448 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue featured an editorial titled "Jihad in Congo," praising ISIS's "military operations" targeting and killing Christians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and presenting the locals of region with an ultimatum: "Either convert to Islam, give Jizyah, or did."

 

Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Officials And Media Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq, Hail 'Hoopoe Of Resistance' Following Hizbullah Drone Sortie Over Israel

On June 18, 2024, Lebanese Hizbullah released a nine-minute video featuring footage gathered from its surveillance aircraft showing locations in northern Israel.

 

Over One Week, Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Four Missile And Drone Attacks – Two With Islamic Resistance In Iraq – On U.S. Aircraft Carrier 'Eisenhower' And Six Commercial Vessels

During the third week of June 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah movement (the Houthis) claimed responsibility for four missile and drone attacks, two of which were in collaboration with the Islamic Resistance in Iraq – an Iran-backed group of Iraqi militias.

 

Yemen's Ansar Allah (Houthis) Political Council Member Threatens USS Roosevelt, As Carrier To Be Positioned In Red Sea

On June 22, 2024, U.S. Central Command stated that the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier would be replacing the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in its area of responsibility.

 

Iran-Backed 'Iraqi Resistance Coordination Committee' Pressures Iraqi Government To Set Timetable For U.S. Withdrawal, Warns: U.S. Presence Will End By Any Possible Means

On June 19, 2024, the Iraqi Resistance Coordination Committee (IRCC) which comprises several Iran-backed militias in Iraq, published a statement on Telegram summarizing the outcome of an "exceptional meeting" it held on the same day to address events "in the region in general, and Iraq in particular."

 

Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq: If Israel Goes To War Against Hizbullah, We Will Fight Alongside It In Lebanon; American Support For Israel In Such A Scenario Will Make Every U.S. Interest In The Region A Target

On June 24-25, 2024, against the backdrop of the growing tension between Israel and Hizbullah and the media speculation about the possibility of significant escalation on the Lebanese front, senior members of Iran-backed militias in Iraq expressed willingness to assist Hizbullah and even to fight alongside it on Lebanese territory, in the event of a wide-ranging Israeli attack.

 

Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Vows To Widen Scope Of Attacks Against Israel If Military Campaign Extends To Hizbullah; Demands Iraqi Government Terminate U.S. Presence In Iraq, Set Timetable

In the midst of heated tensions and the possibility of a significant military escalation between Israel and Lebanese Hizbullah, Iran-backed Iraqi militia Ashab Al-Kahf expressed its readiness to assist Hizbullah in the event of an Israeli military campaign in southern Lebanon.

 

U.S.-Sanctioned Iraqi Militia Leader 'Deposed' From Top Security Position In Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Conflicting Reports: He Was Instead Promoted To PMU's Deputy Chief Of Staff

On June 26, 2024, Shafaq News, an anti-Iran Iraqi news website, reported that Faleh Al-Fayyad, the government-appointed chairman of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) had deposed Lieutenant General Husayn Falih Aziz Al-Lami, widely known as Abu Zaynab Al-Lami, from his position as head of the PMU's Security and Discipline Directorate.

 

Following Killing Of Member Of Iran-Backed Militia On Syria-Iraq Border, Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq Blame 'American Occupation' And Call To Wage Jihad Against 'Enemies Of Islam And Humanity'

On June 21, 2024, several Telegram channels identified with Iran-backed militias in Iraq reported a "Zionist-American" aerial attack in the Hamdan and Sukari areas on the outskirts of the city of Al-Bukamal in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq.

 

Telegram Channel Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Posts Coordinates Of Targets Within U.S. Embassy In Baghdad, Including The Ambassador's Residence

On June 23, 2024, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared a list of geographic coordinates of targets within the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, including the Ambassador's residence.

 

Outlet Affiliated With Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Publishes Photos Showing Leaders Attending Inauguration Of Hamas Office In Baghdad, Anti-Iran Account On X: New Office To Test Whether Baghdad Suitable Alternative For Hamas Top Leadership In Qatar

On June 11, 2024, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed Kata'ib Al-Imam Ali (Imam Ali Battalions) posted photos show some of the group representatives attending what it said was the inauguration of Hamas' political office in Iraq.

 

The Islamic Resistance Launches Four Attacks Against Israel During Week Of June 16-23, 2024

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group formed in 2003 of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, has emerged as one of Iran's most active and lethal proxies during the Israel-Hamas war, having claimed hundreds of attacks on U.S. and Israeli forces since October 7, 2023.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Senior Iranian IRGC Commander Transferred From Syria To Iraq, Given Authority Over Depots Housing Weapons Intended For Syria

On June 21, 2024, the Syrian pro-opposition outlet Euphrates Post reported that a senior commander in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who had been in charge of the eastern Syrian town of Al-Bukamal, on the Iraqi border, had been transferred across the border to the Iraqi town of Al-Qa'em by Hajj Mahdi, the IRGC head in Damascus.

 

In Eid Al-Adha Message, Jaish Al-Adl Emir Salahuddin Farooqi Urges Youths To Join The Fight Against Iran: 'I Ask All Muslims To Pray Especially For The Help Of The Oppressed Muslims In [Iranian] Balochistan And Palestine'

On June 16, 2024, the Telegram channel of the anti-Iran Sunni armed group Jaish Al-Adl released a Farsi-language message from the leader of the organization, Salahuddin Farooqi, on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Documents Uptick In Attacks In Mali, Claims Recurrent IED Attacks 'Nightmare' For Malian Troops, Wagner Group Operatives

Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), continues its assaults against Malian armed forces and operatives of Russia's Wagner private military company (PMC). This report reviews some of the claims of attacks.

 

Al-Qaeda Supporter Mocks Somali President's Statement On Willingness To Hold Talks With Al-Shabab, Adds: The Group Is Close To Taking Over Mogadishu

On June 19, 2024, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Muhammad said that his administration is ready for negotiations with Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab).

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Releases Photos Of Fighters Celebrating Eid Al-Adha

On June 19, 2024, Al-Malahem, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released rare photos of its fighters celebrating Eid Al-Adha in Yemen's Abyan Governorate.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Accuses Alliance Of Sahel States (AES) Of Killing Civilians In Bombardment Of Mosque In Burkina Faso, 'Executing' Civilians In Mali; Incites People Of Sahel To Jihad Against Their Regimes

On June 22, 2024, the Al-Zallaqa Media Foundation, 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 Alliance of Sahel States (AES) – a mutual defense pact formed in September 2023 among Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso – of continuing its "massacres" against "innocent, defenseless" Muslim civilians. This report reviews the statement.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate 'GSIM' Condemns Malian Government's Campaign As Genocide, Claims Multiple Attacks in Burkina Faso, Publishes Photos Of Military Training

On June 25, 2024, the 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), released two statements on the group's account on Chirpwire.

 

Official And Unofficial Islamic State (ISIS) Media Groups Issue Eid Al-Adha Congratulations To ISIS Commanders, Fighters, Supporters; Only Some Mention Caliph

In honor of the Eid Al-Adha holiday, which began on June 16, 2024 and extended until the 19 according to the reckoning of the Islamic State (ISIS), multiple official and unofficial media groups issued congratulations.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) African Provinces Release Photos Documenting Operatives' Eid Al-Adha Celebrations

On June 20, 2024, Islamic State (ISIS) provinces continued to release photosets documenting their operatives celebrating the Eid Al-Adha holiday.

 

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Claims Killing 11 Nigerian Security Forces In Two Weeks Of Attacks In Country's Northeast

Over the recent week, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) published statements claiming assaults on Nigerian security forces in the country's northeast. This report reviews the statements.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Supporter In Gaza Accuses Hamas Of Killing ISIS Supporters Who Tried To Fight Israel, Claims Hamas Stole Footage Of ISIS Supporters' Activities And Published It As Its Own

On June 17, 2024, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel affiliated with a prominent female ISIS supporter published the text of a post from the channel of Gaza-based ISIS supporter Abu 'Umar Al-Maqdisi, adding a link to the post.

 

In Pashtu-Language Book, Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) Argues That The Afghan Taliban Government Is Not Compliant With Shari'a, Accuses Taliban Of Receiving Help From Unbelievers To Suppress ISKP

In a 506-page Pashtu-language book, the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) argues that the Afghan Taliban government is not implementing shari'a, questions its relations with non-Muslim governments, and accuses the Taliban of taking help from unbelievers to suppress ISKP.

 

Infographic In Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Claims 82 Operations, Killing And Wounding Over 470 In Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC) In 70-day Span

Issue 448 of Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba', published on June 21, 2024, contained an infographic tallying operations by the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the 70-day span between April 10 and June 19, 2024.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Reports SVBIED Attacks On Joint Malian Army-Wagner Group Convoy, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Forces In Northeastern Nigeria, Implementing Shari'a Punishments On Thieves In Niger And Mali

Issue 448 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba' magazine, released on June 20, 2024, contains two articles reporting activity by ISIS' Sahel and West Africa Provinces.

 

Poster By Pro-ISIS Outlet Glorifies Suicide Attacks: 'Nearing Death Is The Way Of Life'

On June 20, 2024, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster glorifying suicide bombing.

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Channel On Encrypted Rocket.Chat Server Releases Second Issue Of Booklet Series Focusing On How Jihadis Can Use Drones 'To Carry Out Missions'

On June 19, 2024, the owner of a channel on a ISIS-operated server which is devoted to teaching supporters how to create chemical weapons and manufacture explosives, published the second issue of the series "Modern Warfare".

 

Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Lambasts Pakistani Taliban For Releasing Shi'ite Doctor Accused Of Espionage Instead Of Killing Him For Being Shi'ite

On June 24, 2024, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet criticized the Pakistani Taliban for releasing a Shi'ite doctor it had kidnapped, instead of killing him.

 

Media Group Linked To Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Publishes Posters Instructing Lone Operatives, Threatening Attacks With Explosives In The West

In the past few weeks, an unofficial pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), continued to publish posters in English on the pro-ISIS Rocket Chat server, rallying lone wolves to continue to adhere to ISIS's agenda of violence and encouraging attacks in the West against Christians and Jews.

 

Syrian Opposition Outlet: Cargo Plane Disguised With Iranian Red Crescent Logo Carried Weapon Shipment Through Syrian Airfield To Hizbullah Strongholds In Southern Beirut

On June 25, 2024, the Syrian pro-opposition Eye of Euphrates media outlet reported that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) dispatched an aircraft transporting a shipment of missiles and logistical equipment to the Mezze Airfield in Damascus, Syria, which was later delivered to the Iran-backed Lebanese Hizbullah.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani Steps In As Chief Military Commander After Top Commander 'Resigns'

On June 25, 2024, jihadi Telegram channels including some that support of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) reported that the group's leader Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani will be directly in charge of the group's military wing, replacing HTS top commander Abu Al-Hassan Al-Humawi. No reasons were provided about this sudden change in the group's leadership ranks.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Photos Of Fighters Celebrating Eid Al-Adha In Syria

On June 17, 2024, the Syrian branch of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a Uyghur jihadi group active in Afghanistan and northwestern Syria, released 19 photos, showing fighters in Syria celebrating Eid Al-Adha.

 

HTS-Linked Sharia Official Calls On Leadership To Release Cleric Involved In Soliciting Donations For Gaza

On June 25, 2024, a Syria-based Egyptian jihadi cleric who is also the Sharia official in Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published a post on his Telegram channel, urging HTS leadership to release a Gaza-born cleric who migrated to Syria for jihad.

 

Syria-Based Jihadi Group From Caucasus Documents Leaders Visiting Fighters At The Front

On June 24, 2024, a group of mujahideen from the Caucasus affiliated with Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released images of its leadership visiting fighting positions at the front on the previous day.

 

Head Of Syrian Jihadi Group Calls Rebel Factions To Join Forces To Eliminate Lebanese Hizbullah

On June 22, 2024, commander of Syrian jihadi group Jaysh Al-'Izzah, commented on a report by the British daily The Guardian, translated into Arabic by Qatar's Al-Jazeera, that an escalation of the war between Israel and Lebanese Hizbullah "looms."

 

In Eid Al-Adha Message, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan Criticizes Afghan Taliban For Silence On Islamic Issues: 'If Gaza Is Far From Us, Tajikistan, Which Is Close To Afghanistan, Issues Anti-Hijab Decrees And Our Muslim Sisters Cry Out For Help, But The [Taliban] Rulers Remain Silent Due To Political Expediency'

In its message greeting Muslims on Eid Al-Adha, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan criticized the Afghan Taliban rulers for believing in territory-based nationalism, which, it argues, is the reason that the Taliban government is silent on major Islamic issues such as Gaza and Kashmir. It goes on to say that Muslims fail to unite globally due to their belief in nationalism.

 

In His Eid Al-Adha Message, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan Leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: 'America... Is Responsible For All The Wars Of The 21st Century'; 'U.S. Spent The Last 20 Years Destroying Afghanistan'

In his message on Eid Al-Adha, former mujahideen commander and Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar criticized the Afghan Taliban rulers for celebrating the day a day later than Saudi Arabia and took the opportunity to accuse America of fomenting wars across the world in the 21st century.

 

After Taliban Higher Education Minister Called ISIS 'Kharijites,' Afghan Media Reports On How Residents In Eastern Provinces Resent Taliban Leaders Using The Same Term For Them

Recently, Afghan Taliban Minister of Higher Education Neda Mohammad Nadeem, who banned women from colleges and universities in Afghanistan, spoke at Nangarhar University in Nangarhar province, where he described the Islamic State (ISIS) as Khawarij.

 

In Pashtu-Language Article, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan Criticizes Afghan Taliban For Ties With Russia: 'Russia Has A Policy Of Hostility And War Against Islam'; The Taliban 'Government's Closeness With Russia Provokes Other International Hegemonic Powers'

On June 11, 2024, Hizb-ut-Tahrir Afghanistan published a Pashtu-language article about the Taliban-Russia relations, accusing Russia of creating links with the Taliban for its own benefits and blaming the Taliban rulers for prioritizing economic relations over Dawah ("preaching, invitation") and jihad.

 

On Afghan Taliban's Radio Broadcasts, Islamic Clerics Propagate Anti-Women Ideologies And Suicide Bombings: 'Some People Must Burn Themselves So That Others Can Benefit From Their Light'; Mothers Should 'Whisper Jihadist Phrases To Their Children Instead Of Singing Lullabies So They Become Familiar With Jihad'

In a recent report, a media outlet focused on the rights of Afghan women, noted that Afghan Taliban rulers have established radio stations that broadcast programs that promote jihadi thinking and suppression of women in the home.

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