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April 2, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1187

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: March 26 – April 2, 2022

April 2, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1187

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 jttmsubs@memri.org with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Official Media Claims Responsibility For Terrorist Attack In Hadera, Israel

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On March 27, 2022, ISIS official media claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack that day in Hadera, Israel. In a statement released on Telegram, ISIS official media identified the perpetrators as "Ayman and Khalid Ighbariyeh."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hamas Praises Terrorist Attack In Hadera, Israel, As 'Natural And Legitimate Response' To The 'Crimes Of The Zionist Enemy'

On March 27, 2022, two armed Israeli Arabs opened fire on Israeli citizens and security officers in Hadera, Israel, killing at least two people and wounding several more.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hizbullah Praises The Operation Carried Out By ISIS Supporters In Hadera, Israel

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In the evening of March 27, 2022, two ISIS supporters carried out a shooting attack in the Israeli town of Hadera, killing two Israelis and injuring several others. A few hours later, a video from the Facebook page of one of the attackers began spreading on social media.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-backed Militias Praise Terrorist Attack In Southern Israel By Convicted ISIS Supporter

On March 22, 2022, Muhammad Abu Al-Qi'an perpetrated a car-ramming and stabbing attack against passersby in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. Four Israelis were killed before the perpetrator was shot. Al-Qi'an, a Bedouin resident of southern Israel, had served time for his support of the Islamic State (ISIS) and his intention to travel to Syria to join the organization.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Shi'ite Groups In Yemen And Iraq Praise Attack In Hadera, Israel, Ignore Fact That Perpetrators Were ISIS Supporters

On March 28, 2022, two representatives of prominent Iran-backed Shi'ite groups issued statements praising the shooting attack perpetrated by two Islamic State (ISIS) supporters in the Israeli city of Hadera on March 27, in which two Israelis were killed and several others were wounded.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis, Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias Praise Perpetrators Of Recent Attacks In Israel, Claim Attacks Reflect Opposition To Arab Countries Normalizing Relations With Israel

Reacting to several recent attacks in Israeli cities, including Hadera, Beersheba, and Bnei Brak, jihadi clerics and preachers as well as Iran-backed Shi'ite militias praised the attackers and called on Palestinians to follow their footsteps.

 

EXCLUSIVE: After Hadera, Israel Attack, ISIS Supporters Call For Similar Attacks: 'ISIS Is A Greater Threat To Israel Than Palestinian Groups'; ISIS Opponents Question ISIS Involvement

On the evening of March 27, 2022, two residents of the Israeli Arab town of Umm Al-Fahm killed two Israeli border guards and injured twelve others in a shooting attack in the northern Israeli city of Hadera, before they were themselves shot to death by undercover officers from the Border Police's Counterterrorism Unit.

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Launch Antisemitic Hashtag On Twitter And Facebook In Wake Of Terrorist Attack In Hadera, Israel

After the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the March 27, 2022 terrorist attack in Hadera, Israel, ISIS supporters propagated an antisemitic hashtag aimed at inciting more violence.

 

EXCLUSIVE: On Rocket.Chat, Al-Qaeda Channel Chastises ISIS For Making Too Big A Deal About Terrorist Attack in Hadera, Israel

On March 28, 2022, an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel in the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server chastised ISIS supporters for overemphasizing the significance of the March 27, 2022 terrorist attack in Hadera, Israel, for which ISIS claimed responsibility.

 

ISIS Newsletter Pays Homage To New ISIS Province In The Sahel

On March 24, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 331 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue notably paid homage to the newly created wilayat Sahel, or Sahel province, dedicating an article and infographic to documenting the province's recent operations in Mali.

 

ISIS In West Africa Claims Martyrdom Operation With 10 Nigerian Army Casualties, Publishes Name And Photo Of Perpetrator

On March 23, 2022, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) released a statement claiming that its fighters killed and wounded at least ten Nigerian soldiers and destroyed and immobilized several vehicles in clashes in Borno State.

 

ISIS Sinai Claims Responsibility For Five Attacks In One Week; Deaths Of At Least Seven Egyptian Army Soldiers And Members Of Supporting Militias

During the last week of March 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai Province claimed responsibility for five operations in the northern Sinai Peninsula that reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least seven members of the Egyptian Army and of militias loyal to it.

 

ISIS In Sinai Releases Video Of Fighters Pledging Allegiance To New Caliph, Calling On Muslims Everywhere To Follow Suit

On March 24, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Sinai released a video featuring dozens of fighters pledging allegiance to the newly-appointed ISIS caliph Abu Al-Hassan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi and urging Muslims around the world to join the mujahideen and wage jihad for the sake of Allah.

 

Nephew Of Hamas Leader Who Allegedly Joined ISIS In Sinai, Reportedly Killed By Egyptian Army

On March 25, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai Province released a poster in commemoration of a fighter, as part of its "Caravan of the Shuhada' [Martyrs]" poster series. The poster consists of a photograph of the operative and his "nom de guerre" and no additional information pertaining to his identity.

 

ISIS Operatives, Pro-ISIS Media Outlets Present United Front With Oaths Of Allegiance To New ISIS Leader

On March 10, the official ISIS outlet released a 12-minute audio message from the organization's new spokesman, Abu 'Umar Al-Muhajir, confirming that Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi and the previous ISIS spokesman, Abu Hamzah Al-Qurashi, had been killed "in recent days," and that the organization's Shura Council had speedily appointed Abu Al-Hasan Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi to succeed Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi, based on the latter's instructions.

 

ISIS Claims Three Attacks In Borno, Nigeria, Including Suicide Bombing

On March 29, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that a fighter detonated a suicide car bomb targeting Nigerian military forces who were trying to advance toward ISIS outposts in Borno state, Nigeria on March 28, 2022.

 

After Hacking Of Pro-ISIS Electronic Horizons Foundation (EHF) Element Server, ISIS Opponents Accuse EHF Operative Of Embezzlement, Supporters Are Divided On Whether To Believe EHF Denial

On March 22, 2022, a user of the Islamic State (ISIS) operated Rocket.Chat server posted that the server on the messaging app Element run by a prominent pro-ISIS media group had been hacked.

 

Al-Qaeda In the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Eulogizes Member Believed To Be Top Military Official

On March 15, 2022, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement eulogizing a man who is believed to have been the group's military commander.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Says Veteran Fighters Have Been Arrested, Killed In Algerian Military Operation

On March 29, 2022 the media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) announced that several veteran AQIM fighters were arrested or killed in an operation of the Algerian armed forces in eastern Algeria. The statement also called on young Muslims to join the jihad.

 

Somali Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Claims Two Attacks Carried Out On Same Day In Two Different Cities Against Foreign Diplomats, Somali Officials

On March 23, 2022, the media outlet of the Somalia-based jihad group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen reported that the group had carried out two large-scale attacks that day.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Ideologue Celebrates Attacks In Israel Claimed By ISIS, Expresses Hope That This Indicates ISIS Has Changed Its Priorities

On March 23, a Jordan-based jihadi ideologue who supports Al-Qaeda and opposes ISIS, posted a series of six tweets praising Beersheba, Israel attacker Abu Al-Qi'an, claiming that although he was an ISIS supporter, he was more moderate in his views than the organization's party line.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Threatens Sweden For 'Kidnapping Muslim Children,' Calls On Muslims To Emigrate From West If They Cannot Practice Their Religion Freely, Mocks France After Withdrawing From Mali, Releases 'Bonus' Ramadan Publication By 'A Repenting Ex-Feminist'

On March 22, 2022, pro-Al-Qaeda publisher Bayt Al-Maqdis released Issue 24 of its Ibnat Al-Islam ("Daughter of Islam") women's magazine. The 93-page issue, which is mostly in the Arabic-language, has English and French sections and an article about "Child Kidnapping in Sweden."

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Visits Residents Of Idlib Governorate, Discusses Various Issues, Responds To Participants' Inquiries, Addresses Their Concerns

On March 24, 2022, the media arm of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a 21-minute video documenting the visit of its leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, to an event held by the residents of Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) In Northern Syria Releases Video Showing Daily Life Of Operatives, Exchanging Celebratory Greetings For Upcoming Ramadan

On March 28, 2022, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released an eight-minute video on its website, titled: "It Is These Who Hasten To Do Good Works [Quran 23:61]." The video depicts the daily lives of TIP fighters in northern Syria.

 

Ahead Of Ramadan And Lebanese Elections, Hizbullah-Affiliated Foundation Offers Loans To Individuals And Municipalities To Set Up Solar Energy Systems

On March 26, 2022, Lebanese Hizbullah mouthpiece Al Manar Television reported on its website that Al-Qard Al-Hassan ("Good Loan") Foundation, which is affiliated with Hizbullah, will be launching a solar energy project on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

 

Hizbullah In Lebanon Deployed Medium- And Long-Range Rocket Launchers This Month In Syria's Western Deir Al-Zour Countryside Capable Of Hitting U.S. Forces East Of The Euphrates

A pro-opposition website claimed on March 24, 2022, that Hizbullah in Lebanon has recently deployed new Iran-made rocket launchers on the west bank of the Euphrates, in order to respond to any violations by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) or Americans west of the river.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Lebanese Hizbullah Launches Recruitment Drive In Homs, Syria

On March 20, 2022, a Syrian opposition website claimed that Lebanese Hizbullah (LH) has begun recruiting young men out of Homs, Syria, for the first time since the militant group intervened in the country's civil war.

 

Saudi TV Report: Despite Nasrallah's Denial, 800 Hizbullah Fighters Were Recruited to Fight in Ukraine Alongside Russian Forces

On March 24, 2022, a Saudi channel aired a report claiming that 800 operatives from Hizbullah will join the fighting in Ukraine alongside Russian forces.

 

Syrian Opposition Websites: Iran Upgrades Training For Militias It Supports In Syria

During the month of March 2022, several Syrian opposition websites reported that Iran was upgrading training for the militias it supports in Syria, and had recently begun to train their members in the operation of "quality weapons" – including medium- and short-range missiles and drones – and in tunnel warfare.

 

Supporters Of Iran-Backed Militias Burn Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Headquarters In Baghdad

On March 27, 2022, supporters of Iran-backed militias in Iraq set fire to the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Massoud Barzani, in the center of the capital, Baghdad, to protest "offensive" remarks made by a Kurdish author who is close to the party, Nayef Al-Kurdistani, regarding the Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Ali Al-Sistani.

 

Iraqi Shi'ite Militias Claims Attack On U.S. Forces In Syria

On March 30, 2022, an Iraqi Shi'ite faction shared a post on Telegram claiming responsibility for an attack on a U.S. military convoy inside Syrian territories.

 

Following Series of Attacks on Strategic Facilities in Saudi Arabia, Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Declares Unilateral, Three-Day Ceasefire

On March 25, 2022, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement perpetrated a missile and drone attack against strategic infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia, including the facilities of the Aramco petroleum and natural gas company, and desalination facilities.

 

In Week Ending March 27, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mujahideen Killed Over Two Dozen Pakistani Soldiers In Bajaur Agency, South And North Waziristan

This report will review details of attacks claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) during the week ending March 27, 2022.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Slams Pakistani Military, Says: 'Pakistan Has Been Used As West's Cantonment'; 'The Time Is Not Far When, Like Kabul, The White Flag Will Be Hoisted Over Islamabad'

In Pakistan, where Prime Minister Imran Khan faces a no-trust vote that could unseat him, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has urged people to join its fight against the military, saying the military establishment has been responsible for political instability in the country and is turning Pakistan into a battleground for an American proxy war.

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