March 10, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1322

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: March 4-11, 2023

March 10, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1322

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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Pashtu-Language Website: Former Afghan Army Commander Lt.-General Sadat Alleges That Osama Bin Laden's Son Lives In Kandahar, Meets With Afghan Taliban Leader Sheikh Hibbatullah Akhundzada

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According to a Pashtu-language Afghan media report, Osama Bin Laden's elder son is living in the Afghan Taliban's spiritual capital, Kandahar, and occasionally holds consultative meetings with the Taliban supreme leader Sheikh Hibbatullah Akhundzada. Taliban leader Sheikh Hebatullah Akhundzada is currently based in Kandahar.


Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Pakistan

On March 6, 2023, the Islamic State's (ISIS) Pakistan Province claimed responsibility for a same-day suicide attack that targeted a group of policemen in Pakistan's Balochistan Province.


Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Claims Assassination Of Senior Taliban Official In Herat, Afghanistan

On March 8, 2023, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for the assassination of "a senior administrative official in the apostate Taliban militia" in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan.


ISIS Weekly Editorial Highlights Importance Of Adherence To Leadership's Orders During Times Of War, Abstention Undermines Unity

On March 3, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 380 of its weekly newsletter Al-Naba'. The issue's feature article, titled "Observance Of Frontline Duty Is Obedience To Allah," discusses the significance of operational discipline for the mujahideen in maintaining the unity of ranks and safeguarding jihad as only way to achieve its reward.


Islamic State (ISIS) Sahel Province Claims Killing Dozens of Burkinabe Soldiers, Al-Qaeda Fighters, Members of Russian Wagner Militia in Burkina Faso, Niger And Mali

On March 2, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 380 of its weekly magazine Al-Naba' which contains an article about recent Islamic State Sahel province operations in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Mali. Several of the operations were reported in Al-Naba' for the first time.


Senior ISIS Commander In Captivity: Our Goal Is To Free Female Detainees In Al-Hol, Negotiate Release Of Foreign Women To Prevent Repatriation, Exit To Iraq's Al-Anbar Or Syria's Desert Area

On March 4, 2023, a Saudi-owned TV channel aired a news clip featuring an interview with a captured senior Islamic State (ISIS) operative.


In Pashtu Booklet, ISIS-K Criticizes Taliban Silence On China's Oppression Of Uyghurs, Lists Beijing's 10 Goals In Afghanistan, Accuses Iran Of Spreading Shi'ite Beliefs Among Uyghurs, Urges Martyrdom Attacks

In a Pashtu-language booklet, the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K) accuses the Taliban of betraying the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province while supporting China, U.S., and other unbeliever nations of the world. It highlights China's atrocities in Xinjiang province and urges Uyghur Muslims to launch martyrdom attacks in China.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Confirms Death Of Senior Leader Hamad Al-Tamimi In U.S. Drone Attack

On March 5, 2023, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a five-page official statement in which it confirmed the death of the head of AQAP Information Committee and claimed that he was killed in an American drone attack on his home in Yemen's Ma'rib Governorate.


In Interview, Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Leader Discusses Group's Goals And Strategy In Algeria And The Sahel, Threatens 'Foreign Occupiers' France And Russia, Claims Al-Qaeda Is 'At War' With ISIS

On March 4, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released a 37-minute audio interview in Arabic with AQIM leader Abu 'Ubaydah Yousuf Al-'Annabi, conducted by France 24 correspondent Wassim Nasr.


Eighty-Nine U.S.-Trained Somali Special Forces And Pro-Government Militias Killed In Attacks By Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab In Southern Somalia

On March 7, 2023, the official media outlet of the Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published an article on its website reporting 89 members of Somali Special Forces and government militias killed in a "massive assault" by Al-Shabab.


Somalia-Based Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Movement Eulogizes AQAP Senior Leader Killed In Yemen

On March 5, 2023, the media arm of Al-Shabab Movement, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, released a statement eulogizing the head of the Information Committee of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).


Syrian Opposition Source: IRGC And Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades Purchase House In Syrian Village, Use It To Excavate New Tunnel For Smuggling Arms From Iraq

On March 8, 2023, a Syrian opposition website reported that Iranian militias are continuing to expand Iran's influence in Syria's Deir Al-Zour region by excavating a new tunnel connecting Iraqi territory and a house purchased in a village near the Syrian city of Albu Kamal.


Hizbullah Mourns Death Of Senior Security Official

On March 3, 2023, Hizbullah released a statement mourning the death of one its commanders from the town of Al Khara'ib in South Lebanon, following an illness.


IRGC-Affiliated Telegram Channel Accuses Israel Of Poisoning Iranian Schoolgirls, Threatens Retaliation With Biological Weapons

On March 5, 2023, a Telegram channel which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) published posts claiming Israel is responsible for the recent suspected poisonings at Iranian girls' schools, and threatening to retaliate with Iran's "biological capabilities."


Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades Urges Ummah To Defend Religion And Values By Countering A 'Zio-U.S.-Saudi-Emirati' Project Of Domination And Corruption

On March 8, 2023, Iraq's Hizbullah Brigades released a statement marking the anniversary of birth of Imam al-Mahdi, saying that while awaiting the reappearance of its "savior," the Islamic ummah must engage in laying the groundwork for the success of Al-Mahdi's project by countering the attacks led by the "forces of global arrogance" and defending its sanctities, values, and rights. 


Iran-Backed Militias: Visit By U.S. Secretary Of Defense To Iraq Is Violation Of Iraqi Sovereignty, Any Resulting Agreement Is Non-Binding, We'll Use Force To End 'American Occupation'

On March 7, 2023, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Iraq, during which he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al-Sudani. The visit sparked severe criticism among the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, which view it as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty, and assert that they are not bound by any agreement that was reached during the visit between the Secretary of Defense and the political powers in the country.


Veiled Threat Of Attacks On American Military Targets In Iran-Backed, Iraqi Group Video Showing Locations Of U.S. Bases In Iraq, Syria, Kuwait

On March 3, 2023, an Iran-backed group released a three-minute video clip which includes the veiled threat of attacks against American military targets in Iraq, Syria, and Kuwait.


Two Iran-Backed Iraqi TV Networks Continue To Defy U.S. Domains Seizure

Despite the seizure of their web domains by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), two television networks affiliated with the Iran-backed Iraqi groups continue to operate online using alternative domains.


Houthi-Owned Outlet Criticizes Visit By U.S. Naval Commander To Yemen, Accuses U.S. Of "Escalation," Attempting To Expand "U.S. Hegemony In Region"

On March 4, 2023, a Houthi-owned outlet published an article on its website criticizing a March 3 visit by the Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, to Al-Ghayda, Yemen, during which he met senior Yemeni coast guard and government representatives to discuss regional maritime security efforts and opportunities to deepen cooperation.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Al-Joulani, Other Members Of Group Leadership, Honor Red Headbands Elite Fighters

On March 7, 2023, the official outlet of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a series of photos documenting a ceremony in which HTS leadership honored members of the group's elite Red Headbands forces.


Article In Syrian Jihadi Magazine Condemns Countries Normalizing Relations With Assad Regime Using 'Pretext' Of Earthquake Relief

On February 27, 2023, a group of independent jihadi clerics in Syria's Idlib region published issue No. 46 of their monthly magazine.


Newest Issue Of Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Argues Earthquake Is Divine Punishment For Turkish Government, Claims Mujahideen Spread Islam, Instructs Wives To Show More Attention To Husbands During Ramadan

On March 5, 2023, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet released an issue of its women's magazine. The 107-page magazine consisted of dozens of articles discussing religious, jihadi, and housekeeping topics, including the preparations for the Islamic month of Ramadan.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Lashes Out At UAE's Newly Inaugurated Interfaith Building, Urges Muslim Women To Teach Children Supremacy Of Islam And To 'Die For Their Religion'

On March 4, 2023, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet released a new issue of its women's magazine. The issue contained a one-and-a-half-page article titled "Either Islam Or Infidelity – There Is No Third Option."


After Reports Of Islamic State (ISIS) De Facto Ruler's Death In Drone Strike, Anti-ISIS Channel Claims Worst Crisis Organization Has Ever Suffered, Suggests There Is No Caliph

On February 24, 2023, a drone strike believed to be carried out by the U.S.-led coalition killed two men on motorcycles in Mashhad Rouheen village, on the road between Qah and Deir Hassan, near the Turkish border north of Idlib, Syria.


Anti-ISIS Source: ISIS Fears Captives In Iraq-Based Kurd-Operated Detention Centers Are Leaking Info To Authorities

On March 7, 2023, an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server claimed that sources from inside ISIS confirmed that the group is blaming operatives who do not abide by the organization safety instructions for the recent losses among its leadership ranks in Iraq and Syria.


New Umbrella Group Comprising 17 Media Groups Aims To Be 'Singular Source Of Translations Of Islamic State Media'

On March 2, 2023, a user of the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated Rocket.Chat server published an announcement in Arabic- and Spanish-language versions proclaiming the establishment of a new umbrella media group dedicated to translating official ISIS media materials.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Encourages Waging Jihad Year-Round, Especially During Ramadan

On March 3, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published a poster titled "Jihad: Open Season!" which includes text from the February 23 article "Seasons of Obedience, Precious Opportunities," from issue 379 of ISIS' Al-Naba weekly.


Four Salafi-Jihadi Convicts Escape Prison In Mauritania, Jihadis Online Speculate On Whether They Are Members Of Islamic State (ISIS) or AQIM (Al-Qaeda In Islamic Maghreb)

On March 6, the Voice Of America website reported that four jihadi prisoners had escaped from a prison in Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital, the day before, following a shootout with prison guards, in which two were killed and another two injured.


Saudi Outlet Says Muslim Brotherhood Restructuring In The West, 'Infiltrating' Human Rights Organizations

On March 5, 2023, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya Net published an article on its website reporting that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has begun restructuring the organization around a new cadre of leaders based in the West.


Official Video Series Released By Afghan Taliban's Interior Ministry Headed By FBI's Most Wanted Sirajuddin Haqqani: 'It Will Be Practically Proven To The Enemies That A Mujahid Is Not Only The Winner Of Military Warfare, But Also Has The Ability [To Wage] Ideological Warfare'

The Afghan Taliban's Interior Ministry, which is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI's Most Wanted List, recently released a series of three videos in which jihadi fighters, who are now part of the Taliban government security forces, speak about the significance of qital ("fighting to kill") and the need for "ideological warfare."


Afghan Taliban Interior Ministry – Headed By FBI's Most Wanted Sirajuddin Haqqani – Releases Official Video: 'We Are Those Sacrificing Youth Who Have Stepped On The Glorious Path Of Martyrdom'; 'Martyrdom, In Our Taste, Is Sweeter To Us Than All The Worldly Material Tastes'

The Afghan Taliban government's Interior Ministry, which is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, recently released a video promoting martyrdom. The video was prepared by the General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU), a police department within the Taliban government's Interior Ministry, and posted on its official YouTube channel.


Taliban Ministers Speak At Celebration Of Third Anniversary Of Doha Agreement: With The Help Of 'Martyrdom-Seeking' Mujahideen, U.S. Was Forced To Sit For Talks; 'The 20-Year Occupation Of Afghanistan Has Come To An End With The Help Of Allah And Based On The Doha Agreement'

On March 1, 2023, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) officially celebrated the third anniversary of the Doha Agreement signed in the Qatari capital between the Taliban and the U.S. on February 29, 2020, which made it possible for the jihadi organization to take control of power in Kabul.


Afghan Taliban Urdu-Language Website Accuses West Of Waging Ideological War Against Islam, Rues UN Non-Recognition Of Taliban Government: '[Even] Kashmir And Chechnya Are Not Being Given The Right To Establish Government'

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A recent article, titled "Principles, Importance, And Necessity Of Ideological War," published on the official Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban), accused the West, especially the United States, Europe, and the United Nations, of waging an ongoing ideological war against Islam and Muslims. The article's encourages Muslims to wage "ideological war" through various outlets.


Pakistani Daily: Number Of Terrorist Attacks In February 2023 In Pakistan Higher Than Any Month Since June 2015

February 2023 had the highest number of terrorist attacks in Pakistan in a single month since June 2015, according to a report in the Pakistani English-language daily Dawn, which also noted that despite the surge, the number of deaths in the month was less than it was in January 2023.


Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Video: U.S. Drone Helped Pakistani Military Operation To End Bannu Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Prison Takeover, 'A 20-Year-Old Youth Of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Can Rock The Entire Country'

The Pakistani jihadi organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has released a video saying the United States had sent a drone in support of the Pakistani military operation during the December 18, 2022, takeover of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) by the Taliban inmates in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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