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June 9, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1211

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: June 4 – June 11, 2022

June 9, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1211

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: Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS): 'We Shall Bind Explosives To Our Bodies And The Bodies Of Our Children' And Attack Across India To Avenge Insults To The Prophet Muhammad­­­­­

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On June 7, 2022, As-Sahab Media Subcontinent, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), published a two-page press release in Urdu and English titled "May Our Mothers Be Bereaved of Us, If We Fail to Defend Our Prophet: In View of the Disrespect Shown Towards The Best of Creation in India."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Citing 'Derogatory' Remarks By Indian Official, Pro-Al-Qaeda Video Calls For Killing 'Blasphemers Of Prophet'

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On June 5, 2022, an unofficial pro-Al-Qaeda media organization released the English translation of a Bengali-language video titled "Punishment For Blasphemers Of The Prophet." The video is in response to recent remarks by two officials from India's ruling Hindu Nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in reference to Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Exploiting Anger Over Indian Officials' Perceived Insult Against Islam, Online Jihadis Urge Boycott, Charlie Hebdo-Style Attacks, Accuse Arab Rulers Of Serving Western Agendas

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Remarks made by two senior officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party in India, perceived as insulting and derogatory of Islam continue to generate a flurry of jihadi reactions on social media, ranging from calls to boycott Indian goods, to calls for attacks similar to Al-Qaeda's 2015 attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis Online Accuse India Of 'Declaring War On Islam,' Over Remarks By Hindu Officials Against Islam, Prophet Muhammad

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Over the past few days, jihadis have reacted online to the "derogatory" remarks in reference to Islam, Prophet Muhammad, and his wife 'Aisha by two officials in India's ruling Hindu Nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).

 

EXCLUSIVE: Website Connects ISIS Operatives Incarcerated In The U.S. With Outsiders, Provides Instructions For Money Transfers, Shows Satellite Imagery Of Detainment Facilities

Several Islamic State (ISIS) operatives who are incarcerated in U.S. federal prisons appear to maintain profiles on a website that purports to enable them to connect with outsiders and receive donations. Chatter in pro-ISIS chat rooms about the website may raise security concerns for the facilities where the operatives are held.

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporter Posts Excerpts From Textbook Instructing 'Cubs Of The Islamic State' How To Pray

On May 31, 2022, a user of the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated Rocket.Chat server posted several images that appear to be pages from an ISIS textbook for pre-school children, teaching them about Islamic practices and values, including jihad.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Launch Defamation Campaign Against Newly Appointed U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, U.S. Embassy, And UK Ambassador To Iraq

Between May 31 and June 1, 2022, multiple Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq launched a campaign against the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski; the U.S. embassy; attempts to reopen the U.S. consulate in Basra; and a visit by the British ambassador to Iraq, Mark Bryson-Richardson, to a tribal area in the country.

 

Warning – Graphic: ISIS In Mozambique Releases Photographic Documentation Of Recent Attacks Against Christian Villages In The Northeast

On June 4, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Mozambique Province released a series of photos documenting the aftermath of a series of attacks perpetrated by its operatives in late May 2022 against what it describes as "villages of the unbeliever Christians" in Cabo Delgado Province in northeastern Mozambique.

 

ISIS Editorial Calls On Muslims To Remain Steadfast In Jihad In Face Of Hardships

On June 2, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 341 of Al-Naba', the group's weekly newsletter. The issue's feature article, titled "The Reality of Affliction in Jihad," encouraged Muslims to remain steadfast in waging jihad, despite setbacks, temptations, or other hardships.

 

In Anonymous Report, Al-Qaeda Sources Question Authenticity Of Pro-Al-Qaeda 'Wolves Of Manhattan' Magazine, Say It Is Linked To ISIS

On May 23, 2022, an anonymous Arabic Twitter account that calls itself an "independent journalist who sides with impartiality," published an article discussing the authenticity of "The Wolves Of Manhattan" magazine, which is published periodically by a pro-Al-Qaeda media group.

 

ISIS Supporter Shares Infographic Including Instructions For Truck Ramming Attacks; Specifies 'Ideal' Vehicle, Targets

On May 25, 2022, a user of the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated Rocket.Chat server shared an English-language infographic titled "Just Terror Tactics: Truck Attacks," providing instructions on how to acquire and use trucks to perpetrate terror attacks by ramming into large crowds of people.

 

Anti-ISIS Media Outlet Provides Alleged Breakdown Of ISIS Administrative Offices According To Their Region Of Responsibility

On June 1, 2022, an anti-ISIS channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server shared a post breaking down the Islamic State (ISIS) administrative divisions according to their region of responsibility locations.

 

Commenting On Reports That Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP) Spokesman Was Killed By Philippine Forces, Members Of WhatsApp Group Operated By Pro-ISIS Media Group Ask Allah To Grant Him Paradise

On June 7, 2022, the Philippine News Agency (PNA), a government news outlet, reported that soldiers under the military-led Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) killed Abdulfatah Omar Alimuden, aka Abu Huzaifah, who was the spokesman of the Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP) and in charge of financial transactions between ISEAP and Islamic State (ISIS) Central, during an operation in Datu Saudi Ampatuan municipality in Maguindanao Province.

 

Pro-ISIS Video Highlights Group's Activity In Philippines, Shows Footage Of Attack Previously Released By East Asia Knights (EAK)

On June 6, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a two-minute video highlighting attacks launched by ISIS's operatives in the Philippines during 2022. The video also included official ISIS footage from April 3, showing operatives in east Asia pledging allegiance to the new Caliph, Abu Al-Hassan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Group Highlights ISIS Operations In Iraq During May

On June 1, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published an infographic poster in Arabic and English summarizing ISIS's operations in Iraq during May 2022.

 

British Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Preacher Urges Queen Elizabeth II On Her Platinum Jubilee To Embrace Islam To 'Save Herself From Hellfire'

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On June 2, 2022, a London-based pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher posted a message on his blog addressed to Queen Elizabeth II, which calls on her to "Embrace Islam and save yourself from the hellfire!"

 

New York-Based Ex-Gang Member And ISIS Supporter Calls For Jihad On Facebook: ‘Islam Is To Be Spread By Force Stop Trying To Sugarcoat It’

On Facebook, an Islamic State (ISIS) supporter based in a northeastern U.S. state, who claims to be a former gang member, advocates for jihad and shares lectures by pro-ISIS clerics such as Abu Baraa and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Faisal.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Sahel Reportedly Carries Out Attacks In Three West African Countries, Demonstrating Operational Range

Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), has reportedly carried out a string of attacks across three West African states in the span of a month, underscoring the range and breadth of its operational area.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Denounces Perceived Wrongful Conviction By Bangladeshi Courts Of The Murderers Of Two Islam Critics

On June 7, 2022, As-Sahab Media Subcontinent, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS), published a two-page pamphlet in English, Urdu and Bengali titled "Killing Those Who Dared to Defame Islam and the Messenger in Bangladesh - Sentencing Innocent Muslims to Death in the Name of Justice."

 

Al-Shabab Claims Killing 15 U.S.-Trained Somali Special Forces In Attack On Joint U.S.-Somali Convoy North Of Mogadishu

On the morning of June 9, 2022, the official news outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that fighters from the group had just detonated an explosion on a joint convoy of U.S. forces and U.S.-trained Somali special forces north of the capital, Mogadishu.

 

Al-Shabab Releases Second Video Highlighting Zakat Distribution To Somali Locals

On May 31, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab released a video titled "Excerpts From Sharia: Distribution of Livestock Zakat [Almsgiving] In Islamic Provinces During The Year 1442 [i.e., 2021] — Part Two."

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Iran-Backed Militias Use Drones To Smuggle Drugs

On June 3, 2022, a Syrian opposition website reported that "Iranian and Iraqi militias" stationed in eastern Syria, have started using drones to smuggle drugs from Syria to Iraq. The website notes that the militias also use the drones for distribution – most likely of drugs and equipment – among their positions inside Syria.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Hizbullah Is Planting Drug Crops On Land Confiscated From Its Owners In Central And Eastern Syria

On June 6, 2022, a pro-Syrian opposition outlet released a two-minute video clip according to which Hizbullah, in coordination with the Syrian regime, has recently begun to plant this year's cannabis crop on land that it confiscated from its legal owners in central and eastern Syria.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Deploys Advanced S-300 Anti-Aircraft System In Western Syria To Defend 'Military Facilities' Against Israeli Attacks

In early June 2022, a pro-Syrian opposition outlet reported that Iran is working to strengthen its military presence in the Hama area, in western Syria, including by establishing a new base and deploying advanced weapons systems.

 

As Pakistan Releases Dozens Of Jihadis, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Extends Ceasefire Indefinitely, Reports 'Significant Progress' In Kabul Talks

With Pakistani having freed dozens of Pakistani Taliban jihadi fighters, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP), which is holding talks with a Pakistan-backed tribal jirga (i.e., reconciliation council) in Afghanistan, has extended its ceasefire against Pakistani security forces for an indefinite period.

 

Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) Claims Attack On Pakistan Coast Guard In Karachi, Says: 'Pakistani Forces And China Are Occupying The Lands, Seaports, And Islands Along The Entire Coastal Strip Of The Sindhi Ocean'

Concerns are growing in Pakistan that Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA), a little-known terror group fighting for the independence of Sindh province from Pakistan, is behind a spate of recent terror attacks.

 

In Talks With Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Demands Restoration Of Independent Status Of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Says: '[The] Sacred Jihad Was Organized From This Independent Tribal [Area] And As A Result The U.S.... Suffered Defeat'

In an open letter to the members of the peace jirga (i.e., meeting of tribal elders), which is holding talks on behalf of the Pakistani government with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) in Afghanistan, the TTP said it does not accept the abolition of the independent status of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) by Pakistan and their incorporation into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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