April 3, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1041

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: March 27 – April 3, 2021

April 3, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1041

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: Afghan Taliban Warns President Biden That It 'Will Be Compelled To Defend Its Religion [Islam] And Homeland And Continue Its Jihad And Armed Struggle' If U.S. Troops Do Not Leave Afghanistan By May First

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization), responding to a statement by U.S. President Joe Biden, has warned that the Taliban will continue to wage jihad in Afghanistan if the U.S. and other foreign forces do not withdraw by May 1, 2021.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Uses Boulder Shooting To Threaten U.S.

On March 27, 2021, an outlet which is part of the Islamic State (ISIS) auxiliary media apparatus published three posters on the ISIS Rocket.Chat platform, which threaten the U.S. and refer to the recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, implying that the attack was connected to ISIS and that further attacks can be expected.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Calls On Somalis To Reject AstraZeneca Vaccine, Describes It As 'Deadly' And 'Unsafe'

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On March 30, 2021, the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen released a statement calling on the people of Somalia to reject the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, which it described as "deadly and unsafe."


EXCLUSIVE: Jordan-Based Salafi-Jihadi Ideologue: French Philosopher Michel Foucault Sexually Abused Arab Children, President Macron Is Abusing Muslim Women

On March 29, 2021, a Jordan-based Salafi-jihadi Ideologue shared on his Telegram channel a lengthy post commenting on recent reports accusing French philosopher Michel Foucault of sexually abusing Arab children while living in Tunisia in the 1960s.


Iran-Backed Militia In Iraq Claims Responsibility For Attack On U.S. Logistics Convoy, Says IED Planted When Vehicle Was In Kuwait

On March 30, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq reported that the a group that is believed to be a front for Iran-backed militias has claimed responsibility for an IED targeting a U.S. logistics convoy in southern Iraq.


Iran-Backed Militias Escalate Attack On U.S. Logistic Convoys In Iraq

On March 29, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq claimed that these militias carried out three attacks on U.S. logistic convoys in three Iraqi provinces.


Pro-Hizbullah Daily Accuses UNIFIL Of Spying On Hizbullah

On March 29, 2021, a pro-Hizbullah outlet published an article which raises questions about the role of UNIFIL and operations it allegedly undertakes for Israel.


ISIS Editorial Praises Fighters For Answering The Call To Jihad, Sacrificing For The Sake Of Islam

On March 25, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released its weekly issue of its Al-Naba' newspaper, which included an editorial praising the group's fighters for responding to its call for jihad and for the sacrifices they have made for the religion of Islam.


Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) Claims First Attack In Cameroon In 2021

On March 28, 2021, the Islamic State's Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyah, or West Africa (ISWAP), claimed responsibility for a March 27 attack on a Cameroon Armed Forces outpost near the Nigerian border.


Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Officially Claims Capture Of Palma Town In Mozambique's Cabo Delgado, Killing Of Over 55 Mozambican Soldiers, Christians

On March 29, 2021, the Islamic State's Wilayat Wasat Ifriqiyah or Central Africa Province (ISCAP) officially claimed the capture of the town of Palma in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado, killing more than 55 soldiers and Christians, including foreign nationals.


ISIS Outlet Releases Video Allegedly Showing Dozens Of Armed Fighters In Palma, Mozambique

On March 30, 2021, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS) published a video allegedly documenting the presence of dozens of armed fighters in the town of Palma in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province.


Islamic State Supporters Report Arrest Of A Prominent Media Operative In Turkey, Urge Supporters To Delete Communications

A March 30, 2021 message shared by Islamic State (ISIS) supporters on Telegram warned that a prominent ISIS media operative has been arrested by Turkish security forces.


Pro-ISIS Media Outlets: ISIS's Capture Of Mozambique's Palma Signals New Conquest Of Africa, Connection To Days Of The Caliphate

On March 31, 2021, several pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlets released posters celebrating the capture of Mozambique's strategic northern town of Palma by the group's fighters.


Pro-ISIS Video Highlights Recent Attacks On Syrian Military, Shames Rivals For Accusing Group Of Avoiding Fighting

On March 25, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a two-minute video on Telegram highlighting "new attacks" launched by the group's fighters in Syria.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Warns Supporters In Europe Against Using Fingerprint Or Face Recognition To Lock Their Phones; Advises Against Using Facebook, WhatsApp, And Instagram

On March 30, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel warned supporters in Europe not to use the fingerprint or face recognition functionality offered by their smartphones, and instead to lock their phones with PIN number.


Fake Version Of ISIS Jihadi Magazine Shared On Social Media

A fake version of a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) magazine has been released on social media.

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

On March 26, 2021, Ansar Al-Shari'ah, also known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a statement claiming that the group's fighters carried out a new attack on the Houthis and UAE-backed forces in Yemen.


Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent Publishes Translation Of Old Article By Its Leader Stressing Importance Of Fighting U.S., Liberating Al-Aqsa

On March 18, 2021, the media wing of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent published an Arabic translation of an article by the organization's leader.


Al-Qaeda Supporter: ISIS Fabricated Its Victory In Mozambique's Palma With Photo Taken In Da Prais; ISIS Media Spreads 'Illusions'

On March 30, 2021, a user published a post on a pro-Al-Qaeda Rocket.Chat server commenting on the Islamic State's (ISIS) recent claim that its fighters have captured the city of Palma in Mozambique.


In Video Denouncing Turkey's 'Crimes' Against, Palestinian, Somali, Syrian Muslims, Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Group Documents Recent Jihadi Attacks Against Turkish Military In Syria

On March 25, 2021, a group of Al-Qaeda media operatives which appears to be based in Syria released on Telegram a video documenting recent jihadi attacks against the Turkish and Russian military forces in Syria.


Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Supporter Calls Russian Foreign Minister A Liar, Urges Jihadis To Ignore His Warning On Deteriorating Situation In Syria

On March 31, 2021, a Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) supporter posted on his Telegram channel about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent remarks on the situation in Syria, in which he warned that "the frozen state of the Syrian conflict is fraught with a breakup of the country."


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked General Security Service Raids ISIS Cell Hideout In Idlib

On March 29, 2021, a Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-linked General Security Service (GSS) released a statement saying its forces launched a security operation against an Islamic State (ISIS) cell in northern Idlib.


Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Announce Arrests Of ISIS-Linked Individuals And ISIS Commanders, Including One In Charge Of Recruitment

On March 30, 2021, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that during the ongoing Humanitarian and Security Operation in Al-Hol camp, which started on March 28, 2021, dozens of individuals linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) have been arrested.


Al-Shabab Leader Calls On People Of Djibouti To Carry Out 'Martyrdom' Operations Against French, U.S. Citizens And Interests

On March 27, 2021, the media arm of Al-Shabab released an audio statement featuring the group's leader condemning the Djiboutian government for hosting military bases for the U.S. and France.

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