March 26, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1039

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: March 20 - 27, 2021

March 26, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1039

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: Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaeda Supporters Celebrate Boulder, Colorado Shooting

A March 22, 2021 shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killed ten people, including a police officer. The shooter, who was arrested, has been named as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa from the nearby suburb of Arvada.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Video Fails To Prove That Leader Al-Zawahiri Is Alive, Casting Further Doubt On Organization's Future

In November 2020, unconfirmed reports surfaced among jihadis on social media that Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the 69-year-old Egyptian who assumed Al-Qaeda (AQ) leadership in June 2011, succeeding Osama bin Laden, was dead.


EXCLUSIVE: In Telegram Series Advising Followers To Read Mein Kampf, Salafi-Jihadi Ideologue: Hitler's Views On Jews Were Accurate, Holocaust Was Justified

The topics the ideologue discusses include Salafi-jihadi ideology, works of Islamic theology and jurisprudence, and books by non-Salafis and non-Muslims about history, politics, and other subjects.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Video: Caliphate Children Will Be Next Generation To Terrify ISIS's Enemies

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On March 18, 2021, a pro-Islamic State outlet released a nine-minute video titled "The Scary Generation."


EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State In Nigeria Documents Raid On Village, Desecration Of Church

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On March 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a set of images documenting a raid on the village of Katarko, near the city of Damataru in the Yobe Province in Nigeria.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Outlets Launch Campaign Calling For 'The Great Conquest Of Asia,' Remind 'Crusaders' That Explorer Magellan Was Killed In The Philippines, ISIS's 2017 'Victory' In Marawi

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On March 19, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) foundation launched on Telegram a new media campaign titled "The Gateway to the Great Conquest of Asia."


EXCLUSIVE: Turkey-Backed Faction In Syria Claims Killing Over 20 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Fighters In 'Inghimasi' Operation

On March 24, 2021, a faction affiliated with the Turkey-backed Syrian National Army said in an official video that its fighters had carried out an operation against the U.S-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).


Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Documents Liquidation Of 'Spies' Of Iraqi Military, PMU, Calls For Jihad During Month Of Ramadan

On March 24, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a video documenting the killing of "spies."


ISIS Escalates Its New Tactic: Targeting Women In Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan

On March 12, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a special operation in Iraq, during which it raided the homes of a family whose members were allegedly spies.


WARNING – GRAPHIC: First Video From ISIS "Pakistan Province" Documents Beheading Of Shi'ites

On March 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video from its Pakistan province.


Islamic State (ISIS) Damascus Province Claims First Operation Since July 2019

On March 22, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Damascus province claimed it had captured and killed a Syrian soldier.


ISIS Claims Abducting And Killing Two Syrian Soldiers, Torching Military Outpost

On March 22, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released two statements. One statement claimed that the group's fighters abducted and killed two Syrian soldiers.


Following Lull, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Claims Second 2021 Attack In Chad

On March 23, 2021, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on a Chadian town, near the Nigerian border.


ISIS Claims Invasion Of Nigerian Town, Kills, Wounds Several, Torches Government And Militia Property

On March 22, 2021, the official outlet of the Islamic State (ISIS), claimed in a statement that on the previous day, March 21, the group's fighters invaded a town in Nigeria, where they torched government and militia property.


Islamic State (ISIS) Takes Responsibility For Killing Soldiers In Mali

On March 21, 2021, the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for a March 15 attack on a Malian army convoy in near the border with Niger and Burkina Faso.


Islamic State (ISIS) Editorial Refutes Accusations Of Extreme Views On Takfir

In the editorial published in the latest issue of its weekly, the Islamic State (ISIS) confronts accusations that it holds extreme religious views on the issue of takfir, i.e. the excommunication of fellow Muslims.


ISIS Leader In Sinai Reportedly Killed In Joint Operation Of Egyptian Military, Tribes

On March 22, 2021, group announced on its website that the Islamic State (ISIS) leader in the Sinai Peninsula had been killed in a March 21 joint "special operation" carried out by the Egyptian military and tribal fighters.


Pro-ISIS Outlet Urges Moroccans To Join ISIS In Preparation For Recapturing Al-Andalus, Then Conquering Europe

On March 21, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published a two-page article authored by prominent female supporter addressing Moroccans.


ISIS Supporter Accuses Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Of Publishing False Map Of Al-Qaeda-Controlled Areas In The Sahel Region

On March 23, 2021, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel published a post accusing a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet of publishing an incorrect map of the Sahel region, misrepresenting areas as being under the control of Al-Qaeda.


Supporters Of Islamic State (ISIS) In India Release New Magazine Issue Condemning Jews, Shi'ites, Music Industry, And Urge Attacks On Indian Railways

The Supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in India have released the latest issue of their jihadi magazine, decrying the Indian and Pakistani entertainment industries.


Article In Indian ISIS Magazine Alleges Jewish Conspiracy Behind Global Music, Film Industries To Turn Muslims Away From Islam So Jews Can Rule The World

The opening article in the latest issue of the Indian ISIS magazine Sawt Al-Hind alleges a Jewish conspiracy behind the promotion of film industries such as Hollywood, Bollywood in India, and Lollywood in Pakistan.


Cover Article In Indian ISIS Magazine: India's 'Roadways And Railways' Are 'Awaiting The Strikes Of Mujahideen'

The coverpage article in the latest issue of the ISIS magazine Sawt Al-Hind traces the history of "Irhabis [terrorists]" who terrorized the non-Muslim Quraish tribe of Mecca during the era of Muhammad.


In Video, Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Security Official Stresses Importance Of Safeguarding Information, Urges Fighters To Be Vigilant

On March 17, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released part five of its lecture series featuring the group's security commander.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Claims Two Yemen Attacks Targeting Houthis, UAE-Backed Forces

On March 25, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet posted a photo showing what it claimed was a beheaded soldier from UAE-backed forces.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Claims That Al-Qaeda Killed, Wounded 80,000 People In Past Two Years

On March 21, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda new agency, published a report claiming that over the last two years, Al-Qaeda operatives have carried out tens of thousands of operations across four continent and 21 countries, killing and wounding more than 80,000 people.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Group Calls On Supporters: Be Innovative In Creating Platforms Beyond Telegram To Voice Your Support Of Our Fighters, Disseminate News About Them

On March 22, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda media group called on supporters to create "platforms" for showing their support for the group's fighters.


Al-Qaeda Supporter From Syria Calls For Attack On U.S. Delegation In Idlib

On March 23, 2021, an Al-Qaeda supporter reported on his Telegram channel that an American delegation is currently in Idlib and called on his supporters to attack it.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Military Spokesman: We Targeted Russian Army Locations In Response To Russian Attacks

On March 22, 2021, the news agency of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) reported that HTS's rocket and artillery division attacked Russian army locations.


Pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Posters Marking Syrian Revolution's 10th Anniversary Include Vow To Conquer All Of Syria, Threat To Assad Regime

On March 15, 2021, rebels based in the Idlib area of northwestern Syria marked the 10th anniversary of the Syrian revolution.


In Video, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Cleric Promotes Shooting Contest, Encourages Supporters To Join Jihad

On March 22, 2021, an Egyptian-born member of the Shura of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), published on his Telegram channel a clip promoting an upcoming video.


Syrian Jihadi Group Claims Attack On Turkish Military Convoy South Of Idlib

On March 24, 2021, a Syrian jihadi group officially claimed an IED attack targeting a Turkish military convoy south of Idlib, Syria.


Kurdish Jihadi Group In Syria Documents Attacks On Regime Positions

On March 24, 2021, a Kurdish jihadi group released a set of images documenting its military activity in Syria.


Telegram Channel Raises Funds For Women Prisoners In Syria's Al-Hol Camp, Shares Photo Of Cash, Food, Solicits Further Donations

On March 20, 2021, a jihadi Telegram channel dedicated to raising funds for women detainees in Al-Hol, the Kurdish-controlled, U.S.-backed camp run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), posted a series of photos showing food supplies allegedly purchased with the funds raised.


Jihadis On Telegram Mark The Approach Of Ramadan With Solicitations For Donations,  Promoting Jihad

On March 22, 2021, jihadi channels on Telegram began to post content marking the approaching month of Ramadan, which is due to begin on April 12.


Al-Shabab Claims Capturing A U.S. Drone That Crashed In Somalia

On March 18, 2021, the official media outlet of Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that a U.S. drone had crashed in Somalia.


Al-Shabab Outlet Publishes Photos Of Allegedly Crashed U.S. Drone In Juba, Somalia

On March 18, 2021, the official media outlet of Al-Shabab released photos documenting what it claimed was a U.S. drone that had crashed in southern Somalia.


Al-Shabab Releases Part II Of Video Documenting Children's Contest For Quran Recitation And Islamic Knowledge, Featuring Tribal Chief Expressing Intention To Wage Jihad Against Allah's Enemies

On March 22, 2021, the media wing of Al-Shabab released the second part of its video documenting a contest organized by the group for children from Somali tribes residing in the Bay and Bakool regions in Somalia.


Telegram Channel Serves As Graphic Content Pipeline For Media Outlets Affiliated Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq, Releases Posters Threatening U.S. Forces

A Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq has been sharing graphics highlighting these militias' plans to target U.S. interests.


Hezbollah Brigades In Iraq Releases Poster Threatening U.S. Forces

On March 14, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq published a poster threatening U.S. forces in Iraq.


Groups Loyal To Iran In Iraq Continue To Threaten And Attack American Forces

In late March, pro-Iranian groups in Iraq continued to perpetrate attacks against American forces across the country and to threaten additional attacks.


Pro-Iranian Groups In Iraq Continue To Threaten U.S. Forces; New Group Claims Attack On Ayn Al Asad Base

About three weeks following the U.S. attack on positions of the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Syria, groups of pro-Iranian Shi'ites in Iraq continue to attack the American forces there.


Pro-Iranian Group In Iraq Holds Armed Parade In Baghdad In Protest Against Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi

On the morning of March 25, 2021, dozens of vehicles swept through the streets of Baghdad carrying masked men armed with a variety of weapons and waving signs bearing slogans against Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.


Iran-Backed Faction Claims Responsibility For Two Attacks On U.S. Logistics Convoys In Baghdad

On March 25, an Iran-backed militia in Iraq, claimed responsibility for two attacks on a U.S. logistics convoy in Baghdad.


Afghan Taliban, Amid Talks With U.S., Release Photos Of Martyrdom-Seeking Suicide Bombers At Graduation Ceremony

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization), currently engaged in talks with the United States on the future of peace in Afghanistan, has released photos of jihadi fighters and martyrdom-seeking suicide bombers graduating from its three military training camps located somewhere in Afghanistan.


Afghan Taliban Spokesman Accuses U.S. Of Killing Mujahideen: 'We Strongly Condemn These Crimes And Bombardments By The American Invaders'

One of the two main spokesmen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization), accused the United States in a March 17, 2021 statement, of violating the terms of the 2020 Doha peace agreement.

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