March 23, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1327

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: March 18-25, 2023

March 23, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1327

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: On 20th Anniversary Of U.S. Invasion Of Iraq, Telegram Outlets Supporting Jihadis, Iran-Backed Militias Accuse Washington Of Crushing Innocent Muslims In Grinding War

Over the past few days, pro-Islamic State (ISIS), pro-Al-Qaeda, and Iran-backed militias in Iraq marked the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with posts accusing the U.S. of launching a barbaric war to further its agenda in the region.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Russia Telegram Channel Linked To Iran-Backed Militias Criticizes U.S. Use Of Drones Near Crimean Peninsula

A Telegram channel linked to Iran-backed militia that often produces pro-Russian content in Arabic recently published a post detailing the recent encounter between a U.S. drone and a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea, resulting in loss of the drone.


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Al-Nujaba Movement Vows To Pursue Soleimani's Killers, Criticizes Visit By U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Pledges To Avenge Quran After Allegations Of Ukrainian Defilement

The Iran-backed Iraqi militia Al-Nujaba Movement has released multiple statements in March 2023 calling the unannounced visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Iraq a "breach" of diplomatic norms.


ISIS Editorial Mocks Coalition Monthly Report As 'Harvest Of Failure', Adds: Not All ISIS Attacks Are Reported

On March 16, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 382 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue's editorial, titled "Harvest of the Pentagon," mocks the U.S. Department of Defense's monthly release of casualty figures to publicize its successes in fighting the jihadi group.


WARNING – Graphic Images: ISIS Weekly Claims ISIS Kills 35 Nigerian Army 'Spies'

On March 16, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 382 of its weekly Al-Naba' magazine, which includes an "exclusive" report about a "pre-emptive security operation" carried out by ISIS.


Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Expanding Activities, Claims First Attack In Lubero Region In East DRC, Killing 10 Christians

On March 19, 2023, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed that on March 18, its fighters attacked Christians using various weapons, in the village of Ngule, in the Lubero region of the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province.


In Its First Combat Video, Islamic State Sahel Province: Global Coalition Is Failing, France And UK Troops Are Escaping, Al-Qaeda Is Retreating

On March 20, 2023, Islamic State Sahel Province released a 16-minute and 30-seconds video documenting its attacks on Nigerien and Malian troops and allied forces.


Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Claims Firing At Cameroonian Army Barracks In First Attack In Country Since November 2022

On March 16, 2023, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) reported that on March 14, its fighters attacked a barracks of the "unbelieving Cameroonian army" in the town of Gasama, in the country's Maroua region.


Iraqi General: ISIS Has 400-500 Fighters In Iraq

Iraq's Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, which coordinates activity between the country's security forces and the U.S.-led Coalition to Defeat ISIS, stated recently that "according to all intelligence agencies and based on detailed information," the Islamic State (ISIS) is believed to have 400-500 fighters in Iraq, active in three or four of the country's governorates. He added that the group "has lost the ability to gain new members."


Anti-ISIS Outlet: After Losing Its Leaders, ISIS Struggling To Find Replacements

On March 15, 2023, an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server published a post questioning the leadership decisions made by ISIS following a string of high-profile losses, and arguing that the group is struggling to find replacements for its slain leaders.


Poster By Pro-ISIS Media Group Legitimizes Attacks On Journalists

On March 17, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster.


Issue 18 Of ISKP's Pashtu-Language Magazine 'Khurasan Ghag' Accuses U.S. Of Leaving A Reserve Force, Military Equipment In Pakistan To be Used To Help Afghan Taliban Against ISKP, Urges ISIS Mujahideen To Intensify Media Jihad

The latest issue of 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), says that the U.S. and Pakistan have prepared a military unit in Pakistan to be sent to support the Afghan Taliban against ISKP.


Article In Issue 23 Of ISKP Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Emphasizes Importance Of Promoting Jihadi Ideology: 'Prophet [Muhammad] Gave... [Hassan Bin Thabit] Access To The Pulpit Of His Mosque So That He May Carry Out The Media War'

An article in the latest issue an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Media Foundation, a media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which defines itself as a supporting entity for the Islamic State (ISIS), advances the idea that mujahideen promoting jihadi ideology are spokesmen of Islam and Muslims.


Issue Two Of Pro-ISIS Magazine 'Serat-Ul-Haq' Criticizes Indian Islamic Scholar Maulana Mahmood Madani For Fostering Inter-Faith Harmony, Urges Indian Muslims To Wage Jihad: 'O Media Mujahids Of India, Counter Polytheists And Incite Believers For Jihad'

The latest issue of a pro-ISIS magazine focused on India, targets an Indian Muslim leader for allying with non-Muslim religious leaders to promote harmony and urges Indian Muslims to wage jihad.


Pro-ISIS Group Supporting Muslim Prisoners Releases Special Ramadan Issue Of Its Magazine, Urges Prisoners To Be Patient And Steadfast

On March 21, 2023, an initiative to express solidarity with Muslim prisoners which has been endorsed by pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlets released on its Telegram channel the fourth issue of its English-language magazine, a Ramadan "special edition," asking followers to share it with family and friends.


Pro-Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Magazine: UN & International Aid Organizations Are 'Enemies Of Allah'; Their Aid Should Be Rejected; They Should Be Expelled From Muslim Countries

On March 16, 2023, an unofficial media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) released the sixth issue of its Arabic-language magazine Sawt Khorasan (Voice of Khorasan).


Al-Qaeda's Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) Releases Statement Of Condolence And Eulogy For AQAP Senior Leader Hamad Al-Tamimi Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

On March 21, Al-Qaeda's Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) released an obituary for a senior Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) media official killed in a U.S. drone strike on his home in Yemen's Ma'rib Governorate.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Publishes Email Sent To Operative Praising Shari'a After Visit To Al-Shabab Court, Calling For Jihad To Restore 'Utopian Days Of Prophet Muhammad'

On March 14, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published an Arabic translation of an article written in English by Al-Shabab operative Hassan Jarso Kotola, from Negele Borana, Ethiopia.


In Video, Senior Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Official Lambasts Qatar For 'Squandering Muslim Money' In The FIFA World Cup, Calls On Muslims To Overthrow 'Immoral' Gulf Regimes

On March 17, 2023, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a 20-minute video featuring a message by an AQAP senior official commenting on Qatar's hosting of the FIFA World Cup.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Four Attacks In Southern Mali, Including One In City Of Ségou, Capturing Two Soldiers

On March 19, 2023, the Az-Zallaqa Foundation, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel published two statements claiming four recent attacks on Malian forces in the south of the country.


Video Series From Al-Qaeda Somali Affiliate Al-Shabab: The West, Somali Government, Are Waging A 'Campaign Of Fraud And Lies' Against Al-Shabab Which Intensified After Its Successes On The Battlefield; Somali Regime Clerics Are 'Like Dogs And Donkeys'

On March 16, and 20 respectively, 2023, Al-Kata'ib Foundation, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab, released a two-part video series in the Somali language titled, "So Leave Them and Their Lies." (Quran 6:112)


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Publishes Will Of Burundi Fighter Who Carried Out Suicide Bombing On Somali Special Forces Base, Calling Muslims To Wage Jihad And Vowing Suicide Attacks Will Continue

On March 21, 2023, the Shahada News agency, the official media outlet of the Somalia-based Al-Shabab group, published an Arabic translation of the will of an Al-Shabab fighter named Dayziba Ishaq Khalid (aka Shoukani), who carried out a suicide bombing on March 7, in the Somali special forces base in Jana Cabdalle, near Kismayo, killing 89 people


Saudi-Owned Al-Arabiya: Escape From Nouakchott Prison Planned And Funded By Al-Qaeda Timbuktu; Escapees Planned To Kidnap Westerners; Ceasefire Between Mauritania And Al-Qaeda Is Over

On March 6, 2023, it was reported that on the previous day four jihadi prisoners had escaped from a prison in Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital, following a shootout with prison guards, in which two were killed and another two injured


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Downing Chinese-Made Drone In Jawf Governorate With Locally-Made Missile

On March 21, 2023, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthi) claimed responsibility for downing a Chinese-made drone with a locally made surface-to-air missile in Al-Jawf province, in the north of the country.


Iraqi Government Awards Contract To Iran-Backed Popular Mobilization Units' Engineering Arm For Palm Tree Planting Project On Border With Saudi Arabia And Kuwait

On March 21, 2023, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Iraq announced in a tweet the launch of a project to plant one million palm trees in an Iraqi desert bordering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

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