March 30, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1331

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March 30, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1331

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: The Global Jihadi Movement – Divided Over The Russia-Ukraine War, Possible Implications For The West

By: Steven Stalinsky, Ph.D., R. Sosnow, A. Smith, S. Ali, K. Choukry, Matt Schierer, N. Mozes, Y. Kerman, G. Pacchiani, And Y. Kulka

Since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, jihadi leaders, groups, and supporters have been reacting to the war, discussing online how it should be viewed and what its ramifications for issues important to them might be.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Channel Calls On Supporters To Carry Out Lone Wolf Attacks In France Amid Unrest

On March 24, 203 a pro-ISIS Telegram channel published a post encouraging lone wolf attacks in France. The channel posting three videos of the ongoing protest movement in France over government efforts to raise the minimum retirement age, adding a message calling on Muslims living in France to avenge the Prophet Muhammad, likely in reference to the reprinting of cartoons depicting the Prophet in the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporter Promotes Abduction Of Man Residing In Canada Claiming He is U.N. Appointee For Spreading Christianity

On March 27, a user of the ISIS-operated server on Rocket.Chat posted identifying information of a man residing in Ontario, Canada, asking ISIS supporters to kidnap him, saying that he is part of a U.N. plot to promote Christianity.


EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channels Linked To Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Celebrate Israeli Protests, Pray For Israel's Destruction

Several Telegram channels linked to Iran-backed militias shared posts celebrating the ongoing protests in Israel, arguing that the domestic unrest in the country will spread into further chaos.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Calls To Exploit Israel Protests To Kill Jews

On March 27, 2023, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel posted a photo documenting the ongoing protests in Israel against proposed judicial reform.


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Group Claims Drone Attack On U.S. Base In Northeast Syria

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On March 25, 2023, an Iran-backed group calling itself Liwa Al-Ghaliboun (The Brigade of Those who Prevail) claimed responsibility for the March 23 attack on the Abu Hajar Airport, near the town of Rmelan in the northeast of Syria's Al-Hasakah governorate.


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Liwa' Al-Ghaliboun Releases Footage Of Launching March 23 Drone Attack On U.S. Forces In Syria

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On March 26, 2023, Iran-backed militia Liwa' Al-Ghaliboun (The Brigade of the Triumphant) released a 37-second video documenting the launch of the March 23 drone attack that targeted a military base housing U.S. force in the northeast of Al-Hasakah, Syria.


EXCLUSIVE: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Claims Killing And Wounding More Than 25, Including IRGC Commander And Hizbullah Operatives, In Commando Attack On Regime Bases

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On March 23, 2023, Amjad, the official media outlet of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), reported that special forces fighters from its 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab Brigade carried out a "qualitative operation" against several positions of the "Assad militias" at the 46th Regiment area west of Aleppo.


Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Claims Suicide Attack Against Taliban Foreign Ministry In Kabul, Killing And Injuring 20 Employees

On March 27, 2023, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed that one of its fighters, carried out a suicide attack on the Taliban Foreign Ministry headquarters in Kabul.


ISIS Weekly Calls On Muslims To Take Action Against 'Enemies Of Islam' During Ramadan

On March 23, 2023, the ISIS released issue 383 of Al-Naba', its weekly newsletter. The issue's feature article, titled "Ramadan Between Past and Present," called on supporters to make the holy month a time of action, marked by "work and implementation" rather than "slogans and waiting.


ISIS Weekly Publishes Eulogy For Slain Iraqi Cleric And Former Contributor To The Magazine

On March 23, 2023, ISIS released issue 383 of its weekly Al-Naba'. The issue included a two-page eulogy of an ISIS cleric described as "a mountain above the mountains of Iraq," and a regular writer for the magazine.


ISIS Supporter: West Africa, Sahel Provinces 'Easiest' Destinations For Migration

On March 22, 2023, an ISIS supporter in the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server suggested that West Africa and the Sahel are the easiest ISIS provinces for supporters to make hijra (migration) to.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Solicits Donations For Female Prisoners During Ramadan

On March 23, 2023, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel that advocates for imprisoned ISIS members published a post calling on supporters to remember female prisoners during the holy month of Ramadan. The post listed a Telegram bot and a WhatsApp phone number for donations.


Pro-Islamic State Website Hosted In French Pacific Islands Fundraises In Cryptocurrency Monero, Wishes Muslims A Ramadan Of Conquests, Misfortune To Non-Muslims

On March 22, 2023, a user of the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server posted a link to a popular pro-ISIS website, alongside a congratulatory message on the advent of the Islamic month of Ramadan.


'Wives Of Prisoners' Initiative Requests Donation To Families Of Prisoners In Australia, Urges Support For Pro-ISIS Jamaican Cleric, Female Prisoners In Al-Hol Camp

An initiative aimed at showing solidarity with Muslim prisoners worldwide, which has been endorsed by pro-ISIS figures and extends to those charged with terrorism, issued a series of Telegram posts urging Muslims to keep the incarcerated "monotheists" in their prayer during the month of Ramadan and to donate and help alleviate the financial burden on their families.


British Pro-ISIS Cleric: U.S., UK Complicit With Syrian Democratic Forces In Torturing Children, Women Held In Syrian Refugee Camps

On March 24, 2023, a London-based pro-ISIS cleric marked the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan with a statement posted on Telegram, urging Muslims to extend support to women and children held in Syrian displacement camps which are administered by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).


Booklet For Ramadan, Based On Lectures By American Pro-ISIS Cleric, Introduces Children To Key Concepts of Salafi-Jihadism

On March 21, 2023, a channel on Telegram associated with an American pro-ISIS preacher released a 110-page children's booklet for Ramadan titled "Ramadan Letters."


Reacting To Supporters' Criticism For 'Mass Quitting' Of Media Jihad, Anti-ISIS Channel Asserts Disillusionment With Official Media, Predicts Further Desertions

An anti-ISIS channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server commented on two recent Telegram posts by prominent ISIS supporters, which castigated supporters for deserting their social media activity in defense of the organization, or limiting themselves to publishing posts on trivial matters.


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 senior Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) media official Hamad bin Hamoud Al-Tamimi, killed in a February 26 U.S. drone strike on his home in Yemen's Ma'rib Governorate.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Threatens To Pursue Spies, Promises Amnesty To Those Who Surrender

On March 24, 2023, the official media outlet of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a five-minute 58-second audio, "Statement of Warning and Reminder to the Criminal Spies."


In Interview, Spokesman Of Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Declares Failure Of First Phase Of U.S. Campaign Against Al-Shabab, Warns Of Ethiopia's Participation In Second Phase, Claims It Wants To Annex Somalia

The media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published on its website a summary of a 29-minute interview with the group's official spokesman.


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, 2023, 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).


New Pro-Al-Qaeda Channel Boosts Content From Official Outlets On Rocket.Chat

In mid-March 2023, a new pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet emerged on Chirpwire, Rocket.Chat, and Telegram, focusing on reposting content produced by official Al-Qaeda media covering the group's global operations.


Reacting To Reports That Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Executed Algerian Jihadi Commander, Opponents Condemn His Ramadan Killing, Ask Allah To Avenge His Death

On March 25, 2023, a journalist based in Syria's northwestern rebel-controlled Idlib region reported that an Algerian member of a jihadi group died in while imprisoned by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib.


Uyghur Jihadi Group Documents Participation In Raid On Syrian Regime Position In Cooperation With Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)

On March 23, 2023, a brigade of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) carried out a "qualitative operation" at the 46th Regiment area west of Aleppo.


Syria-Based Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Photos Documenting Women's Participating In Religious Trivia Contest

On March 20, 2023, the media outlet of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a Uyghur jihadi group active in Afghanistan and Syria, released photos from an award ceremony following what it said was a trivia contest held by its branch in Syria.


Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades Denies Involvement In Attack On U.S. Forces In Syria, Threatens Retaliation If Its Men Are Targeted

On March 25, 2023, a senior commander in Iraq's Hizbullah Brigades issued a statement denying any involvement in the drone attack targeting U.S. forces in Syria earlier that day that killed an American contractor.


Official Afghan Taliban Writer Tweets Images Of U.S. Military Vehicles Repaired By The Taliban's Abu Dujana Brigade

On March 24, 2023, an Afghan Taliban writer tweeted a series of photos of U.S. military vehicles repaired by the Taliban government for use in Afghanistan.


Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan's Higher Education Minister Mawlawi Neda Mohammad Nadeem Tells Taliban Soldiers To Fight ISKP, Resistance Groups: 'Fight Them Like You Fight The Red Americans'

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Mawlawi Neda Mohammad Nadeem – the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan's higher education minister, who has made international headlines for completely banning women from colleges and universities – has commanded the Taliban soldiers to fight the members of the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISKP) and the anti-Taliban resistance groups in Afghanistan.

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