July 1, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1073

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: June 26 – July 3, 2021

July 1, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1073

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: Houthi Media Reports: Palestinian Factions Receive More Than $2 million From Fundraising Campaign

On June 30, 2021, the website of a weekly magazine published by the public relations department of the armed forces of the Yemen-based Houthi Ansar Allah movement, including an article stating that the movement's radio station had given the Palestinian resistance factions a large donation.


EXCLUSIVE: New Issue Of Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) 'Inspire' Magazine – The First Since April 2017 – Calls Colorado Shooter Ahmad Al-Issa 'Mujahid,' Urges Muslims To Follow In His Path And Target 'The American Enemy' Inside And Outside The U.S.

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On June 29, 2021, the media arm of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released the first issue of Inspire magazine since 2017.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Advises Lone Operatives To Maximize Effects Of Terror Attacks By Focusing On The Media

On June 29, 2021, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released Special Issue No. 6 of the AQAP English-language Inspire magazine.


EXCLUSIVE: Shaming Top ISIS Leader For Making No Statement Since His Appointment, Pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram Channel Ridicules ISIS Spokesman's Recent Speech As 'Broken Record'

Pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel shared a post originally posted by another anti-ISIS telegram channel commenting on the recent speech by Islamic State (ISIS) spokesman Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Publishes MANPADS Guide

A the pro-Al-Qaeda (AQ) publishing group, released a new online publication dedicated to Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS).


EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channel Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Publishes Alleged Personal Phone Number Of Senior U.S. Official

On June 25, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-back militias in Iraq, which often claims responsibility for hacking attacks, published a post with the alleged personal phone number of a senior U.S. official.


In New Video, ISIS In Nigeria Claims Victory Over Boko Haram, Shows Fighters Pledging Allegiance To ISIS

On June 25, 2021 the Islamic State's (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a video which claims that the jihadi fighters in the area have joined ranks and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State Caliph.


Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Claims Third Attack In Cameroon Near Nigerian Border, Killing 26 Soldiers

On June 30, 2021, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for a June 27 attack on a Cameroon Armed Forces outpost near the Nigerian border that killed over 26 soldiers.


ISIS Weekly Claims Killing Of Nine Al-Qaeda Fighters In Sahel Region, Reveals 'Strong Disagreements' Within Al-Qaeda's Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Over Failure To Claim Solhan Massacre In Burkina Faso

On June 24, 2021, Issue 292 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly published an "exclusive" report celebrating the successful attacks by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the West Africa region.


Islamic State Somalia Province (ISSP) Claims Seven Casualties Among Puntland Special Forces In 'Inghimasi' Attack, Following Attack Targeting Somali Officials

On June 29, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Wilayat Al-Sumal or Somalia Province (ISSP) claimed responsibility for an inghimasi (commando-style raid behind enemy lines) attack on a special forces convoy in Somalia's autonomous Puntland State.


ISIS Claims IED Attack On Somalia's Puntland Security Minister, Other Senior Officials

On June 27, 2021 the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for an IED attack on a convoy of senior officials of the Puntland State of Somalia.


ISIS Claims 'Martyrdom' Operation Targeting Liquor Store, Wounding Several Christians In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

On June 29, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that its fighters carried out a suicide attack targeting Christians who were gathered by a liquor store in Beni, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) Claims Responsibility For Wounding 10 'Polytheist' Shi'ite Afghans In Bus Attack In Parwan Province

On June 28, 2021, the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for a June 27 IED attack on a transport bus carrying Shi'ites in in Parwan that wounded more than 10 people.


Photos Released By ISIS Show Child Warriors Taking Part In Attack On Congolese Army

On June 28, 2021, ISIS in Central Africa (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on a Congolese army base in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photos of the attack released by ISCAP the following day show adolescents among the ISIS fighters.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Condemns ISIS Supporters Who Are Passive On Social Media Platforms

On June 24, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a post lashing out at ISIS supporters who are passive on social media platforms and do not actively promote ISIS.


At Hamas Youth Summer Camp Children Learn To Handle Weapons, Shoot At Virtual Israeli Soldiers

On June 25, 2021, the Hamas military wing released a short video promoting its annual summer camps for boys and adolescents in the Gaza Strip.


Palestinian Islamic Jihad Military Wing Holds Parade In Rafah

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), held a parade in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, in honor of the organization's late secretary-general and in honor of "the families of the martyrs" who died in the latest round of fighting with Israel in May 2021.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham's (HTS) Crackdown On Local Reporters Discredits Its Effort To Project Itself As Viable Alternative To Syrian Regime, Threatens Rifts In Its Ranks: The Case Of U.S.-Born Reporter Bilal Abdul Kareem

In the last few years, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the Sunni jihadi group which has controlled the province of Idlib, Syria since 2017, has promoted itself to the world as the moderate face of Islamist militancy in opposition stronghold Idlib and as a group which supports freedom of the press and encourages rebel journalists to report the truth and support the revolution.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Opponents: HTS Is Threatening To Expel Chechen Junud Al-Sham Commander From Syria As Part of Its Crackdown On Jihadi Migrants

Over the past few days, opponents of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) are claiming that the latter has delivered an ultimatum to the Chechen commander of a group of Chechen and Lebanese Sunni mujahideen fighting in Syria.


Jordanian Salafi-Jihadi Ideologue Denounces Syria-Based Saudi Cleric's Call For Bolstering 'Brotherhood' Between Turkey, Taliban

On June 27, 2021, a Syria-based Saudi jihadi cleric tweeted a call to bolster ties between Turkey and Afghanistan's Taliban.


Al-Shabab Claims Takeover Of Town In Central Somalia

On June 27, 2021, the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) claimed that the organization had launched an assault that day in central Somalia, which enabled Al-Shabab to assume full control of a town.


Al-Shabab Sentences To Death 15 Men And One Woman Accused Of Spying For U.S. And UK Intelligence

On June 27 and 28, 2021, the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) published reports via its media outlet announcing that the group sentenced to death 16 individuals accused of spying for U.S. and British intelligence.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Releases Short Video Encouraging Mujahideen Not To Abandon Jihad

On June 30, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet published on Telegram a one-minute montage video which encouraged the group's fighters to never give up on jihad, despite the hardships that they might face.


Syrian Opposition Website: Hizbullah Brigades Operated Iranian Surveillance Drone In Eastern Syria

On June 24, 2021, a Syrian opposition website reported that on the same day, a militia loyal to Iran operated an Iranian surveillance drone in eastern Syria.


Reacting To U.S. Seizure Of Pro-Iran Websites, Iraqi Militias Disseminate Video Featuring High Ranking Iraqi Military Officer Accusing The U.S. Of Allowing ISIS Media Outlets To Continue To Operate

On June 25, social media accounts affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq circulated a video showing an Iraqi military officer accusing the U.S. of collaborating with ISIS by allowing the group's media outlets to disseminated jihadi content.


Following An Attack On Their Positions, Shi'ite Militia Declares Open-Ended War On U.S. Forces

On June 28, 2021, American warplanes attacked three facilities on the Syria-Iraq border – two in Syrian, and one in Iraqi territory – which, according to a statement from The Pentagon, were used as "operational and weapons storage facilities" by several Shi'ite militias.


Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Militias in Iraq Continue to Threaten Attacks Against The American Forces, And Deliver

On June 28, 2021, at 02:00, American planes bombed three outposts belonging to pro-Iranian Iraqi Shi'ite militias along the Syria-Iraq border.


Newly Created Group Pledges To Silence Opponents of Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq

On June 29, 2021, supporters of Iran-backed militias in Iraq announced on Telegram the establishment of a group that pledges to defend the Iraqi Shi'ite factions against what it described as the "U.S.-sponsored media campaign."


Jihadi Website Reports Terror Attacks By Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) On Pakistani Military Checkpoints In June 2021

In June 2021, the official website of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) published several reports of terror attacks carried out by its fighters in the Pakistani tribal region.


Sensing Victory In Afghanistan, Qatar-Based Taliban Deputy Leader Mullah Baradar Writes: 'We Urge The International Community To Let The Afghans Decide Their Fate'

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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy emir for political affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), has written an unprecedented article published by an official Taliban website.


Afghan Taliban's Operational Chief Sirajuddin Haqqani Issues Instructions To Taliban Military Officials: 'The Situation Was Military And Jihadi, But Now You Are Entering A Civilian Situation'

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

Days after Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Qatar-based deputy emir of the Afghan Taliban, wrote, in anticipation of victory, an unprecedented article justifying jihad and urging the international community to stay away from the Afghan conflict, the Taliban's operational chief Sirajuddin Haqqani has issued new instructions to the mujahideen.


Afghan Taliban Author: 'District After District Is Falling [To The Mujahideen]'; 'Afghanistan... Will Be Governed By A Pure Islamic System'

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

Since June 1, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) has been publishing reports, based on its own sources, saying that district after district in Afghanistan is falling to the jihadi organization.

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