May 17, 2024 Special Announcements No. 1478

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: May 11-18, 2024

May 17, 2024
Special Announcements No. 1478

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: Pro-Al-Qaeda Ideologue On Western University Protests: University Graduates Are Influential, Division In Western Societies Is Based On Change In Mentality; Islamic Nation Must Take Advantage Of This

In two consecutive Telegram posts on May 10, 2024, a pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi ideologue based in Jordan, commented on demonstrations against Israel on American and some European campuses in recent weeks, referring also to societal divides in Western countries.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Iran Telegram Channel Releases Infographic Glorifying 'Anti-Zionism Protests' At U.S. Universities: 'Despite The Severe Suppression, The Protests Remain Ongoing'

On May 9, 2024, a pro-Iran Telegram channel released an infographic expressing support for anti-Israel student protests in the United States.


EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian Group Publishes Video Allegedly Showing Murder Of Israeli Businessman In Alexandria; Jihadis Call On Muslims To Carry Out Similar Attacks

On May 8, 2024, a purportedly Egyptian group which has claimed responsibility for the May 7 murder of an Israeli businessman in Alexandria, shared a short video of the killing on its Telegram channel.


EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian Group That Claimed Murder Of Israeli Businessman In Egypt Reveals New Details About Victim's Alleged Activity As 'Mossad' Agent And His Assassination, Asserts Egyptians Will 'Settle Score With Traitors'

On May 8, 2024, a group that appears to be Egyptian, claimed responsibility for killing Israeli-Canadian businessman Ziv Kipper by shooting him with a pistol on May 7 in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, northwest of the capital city of Cairo.


EXCLUSIVE: After Moscow Concert Hall Attack, Islamic State (ISIS) Eyes Major Sporting Events: As Summer Olympic Games Approach, Terror Groups Will Likely Continue To Target Sports Venues

The Islamic State's (ISIS) hostility to soccer goes back to ISIS's early days of its 2014 Caliphate in Mosul, Iraq.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram Channel Incites Jihadis To Kidnap Or Kill American Professional Basketball Players In Syria To Support Gaza

On May 8, 2024, a pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel called on Salafi-jihadi terrorist groups to kidnap or kill American professional basketball players in Syria as a means of support for Gaza.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Essay By Sayf Al-'Adl Accuses Jews And Zionists Of Spearheading West's War On Islam; Predicts Gaza War Will Expand, Leading Muslims To Revolt Against Regimes And Regain World Domination

On May 4, 2024, Al-Sahab, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's Central Command, published a nine-page essay.


Emir Of Anti-Iran Sunni Jihadi Group 'Ansar Al-Furqan': 'Our Jihad And Struggle Is Not Limited To Baluchestan, But The Goal Of Carrying Weapons And Wielding Swords Is To Remove Oppression From Every Place That The Islamic Shari'a Has Obliged Us To'

The spokesman of the Sunni jihadi group Ansar Al-Furqan organization released a Farsi-language message from the leader of the organization greeting Muslims on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, which in 2024 was on April 10.


EXCLUSIVE: U.S.-Designated Terrorist, Leader Of Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haqq, Qais Al-Khazali Met With Chinese Ambassador To Iraq

On May 13, 2024, a U.S.-designated terrorist and leader of the Iran-backed Iraqi Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haqq militia met with Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Cui Wei.


Hamas Spokesman In Lebanon: 'The Victory In Gaza Will Be Similar To That Of Lebanon in 2006'

On May 7, 2024, Al-Ahad News website, which is affiliated with Lebanese Hizbullah, published a report citing a Hamas spokesman in Beirut, Jihad Taha, as saying that the victory in Gaza would be similar to Lebanon's victory in 2006.


Website Affiliated With Lebanese Hizbullah Keeps Running Record Of Attacks On Israel By Iranian Proxies Since October 7

A website affiliated with Lebanese Hizbullah keeps a rolling record of hostilities committed by Iranian proxies against Israel during the Israel-Hamas War.


Lebanese Outlet: Muslim-Brotherhood-Linked Al-Jama'ah Al-Islamiyah Regains Popularity In Sunni Areas In Northern Lebanon After October 7 Attack; Unconditional Support For 'Common' Palestinian Cause Allows Hizbullah To Expand Influence In Country's North

A May 8, 2024, article on a Lebanese website known for its opposition to Hizbullah reported that the war in Gaza had led to a rise of Sunni rhetoric similar to Hizbullah's in northern Lebanon's Sunni areas.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Attacks On Two 'Israeli Ships' In Gulf Of Aden, And Two Attacks On A Third Ship In The Indian Ocean And The Arabian Sea

The armed forces of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement claimed on May 9, 2024, responsibility for two drone and missile attacks on two "Israeli ships" in the Gulf of Aden, and two missile attacks on a third ship (about which no details were provided), one in the Indian Ocean and the second attack on the same ship in the Arabian Sea.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Red Sea Attacks On 'American Destroyer', Commercial Ship Providing 'Deceptive' Declaration About Destination

On May 15, 2024, the armed forces of the Yemeni Houthi Ansar Allah movement claimed responsibility for attacks against U.S. warship USS MASON and cargo vessel DESTINY in the Red Sea.


IRGC Telegram Outlet: Iran Is Supplying Resistance Factions With What They Need To Escalate Attacks Against Israel

On May 10, 2024, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), shared a post praising the military performance of Iran-backed factions in the region against Israel, suggesting that they are making a great advance towards the final victory.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims It Fired A Cruise Missile And One-Way Drones Against 'Vital' Sites In Southern Israel

On May 9, 2024, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization consisting of several Iran-backed militias in Iraq, claimed responsibility for three missile and drone attacks the same day against three different targets in Israeli territory.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Six Attacks Against Israeli Targets Including Military Bases, Leviathan Gas Field

On May 9-11, 2024, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization consisting of several Iran-backed Iraqi militias, claimed responsibility for six attacks against Israeli targets.


Iran-Backed 'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' Claims Attack On Eilat, Israel Using New Type Of Drones

On May 14, 2024 the Iran-backed umbrella group called Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which consists of several Iraqi Shi'ite militias, claimed that its fighters used two drones to target a vital site in Israel's city of Eilat late on Monday, May 13.


Telegram Outlet Praises Iran-Backed 'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' For Using Iranian-Designed Shahed 136 Drones In Attack On Eilat, Israel

On May 14, 2024, a Telegram channel that supports Iran-backed militias in Iraq published a post stating that Iranian-designed Shahed 136 drones are now being used in attacks against Israel.


Al-Nujaba Movement: We Will Retaliate For The Attack On Our Facility In Damascus By Striking In The Heart Of Israel

The Iraqi Al-Nujaba Movement claimed on May 9, 2024, that Israel had attacked its "culture and media center" in Damascus, and threatened to respond with a "unexpected and powerful blow" in the depth of Israel's territory.


Syrian Media Reports: Iran-Backed Militias Bring Missiles, Suicide Drones To Eastern Syria Through Iraq; Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Discusses Using Drones For Surveillance In Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Areas

On May 9, 2024, the Syria pro-opposition website Euphrates Eye published an article reporting that according to "exclusive sources," the Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades militia, which is close to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), recently brought a truck loaded with suicide drones and surface-to-surface missiles to the Al-Bukamal region, southeast of Deir Al-Zour, through the Al-Sikak border crossing between Iraq and Syria.


Russian-Language Outlet Linked To Chechen Jihadi Group In Syria Launches Cryptocurrency Fundraiser For Palestinian 'Resistance Fighters'

A Russian-language media outlet which is affiliated with the Syria-based Salafi-jihadi group Ajnad Kavkaz has launched a fundraising campaign aimed at financing Palestinian "resistance fighters" amid the Israel-Hamas war.


Syria-Based Jihadi Group From Caucasus Solicits Cryptocurrency Donations To Buy Quadcopter Drones

On May 15, 2024, a group of mujahideen from the Caucasus affiliated with Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a poster depicting Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and generals from their armies with targets drawn on them, as drones fly above them.


Syrian Jihadi Cleric Asserts Syria Is Greatest Arena For Jihad: Joining Battlefields In Mali And Niger 'Impermissible,' Fighting On Behalf Of 'Infidel' France And Wagner Group Against Muslims Leads To 'Apostasy'

On May 12, 2024, the Telegram channel of an independent Syrian jihadi cleric featured a question-and-answer post on the religious edict regarding travel to join fighting in Niger or Mali.


Reports: Assad Regime, Iranian Militias Have Sent Reinforcements To Al-Suwayda In Southern Syria In Order To Besiege Jordan

In late April 2024, the Syrian regime began sending military reinforcements to the Al-Suwayda governorate in southern Syria, near the border with Jordan, which  reportedly include operatives of Iran-backed militias.


Syrian Opposition Website: Turkey Is Recruiting Syrian Mercenaries To Fight Jihadis In Niger

On May 11, 2024, a security source told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) that Turkey is recruiting Syrian fighters to send to Niger.


Syria-Based Kurdish Jihadi Group Ansar Al-Islam Claims It Killed And Injured 26 Syrian Soldiers In Past Two Months In Syria's Hamah Governorate

On May 10, 2024, Ansar Al-Islam, a Kurdish Salafi jihadi group active in Syria, released the third issue of its bimonthly, "Al-Ansar Magazine."


Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Editorial Urges Supporters To Ignore Detractors And Their 'False Arguments'

The editorial in Issue 442 of Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine Al-Naba', released on May 9, 2024, is titled "The Unbelievers Argue in Falsehood" (Quran 18:56).


Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Attacks On Soldiers And Wagner Group In Mali And Niger, Including Killing 20 With Land Mines In Eastern Niger, Capturing Red Cross Ambulance In Western Niger

In recent days, the Islamic State Sahel Province and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have claimed attacks on government forces and members of the Russian Wagner private military company (PMC) in Mali and the western and eastern parts of Niger.


Islamic State Syria Province Claims SVBIED Attack Targeting Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Killing And Wounding 23, To Avenge Families In Al-Hol Camp

On May 11, 2024, the Islamic State's (ISIS) official A'maq News Agency published a statement reporting that according to "security sources," on May 10, an ISIS operative carried out a Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED) attack against a "military headquarters" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Al-Shuhayl, southeast of Deir Al-Zour.


Islamic State Iraq Province Kills And Wounds Ten, Including Regiment Commander, In Attack On Army Barracks In Salah Al-Din Governorate

On May 14, 2024, the Islamic State's (ISIS) official A'maq News Agency reported that on May 13, its operatives carried out an attack against an Iraqi army barracks close to the Al-Sheikh Muhammad village, east of Samarra District, Salah Al-Din Governorate.


Media Group Linked To Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Threatens To Indiscriminately Kill Jews, 'Crusaders' In Retaliation For Israeli Operation In Rafah

On May 9, 2024, an unofficial pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) published Arabic and English versions of a poster.


In Pashtu-Language Article, Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP): 'Qatar Is The Largest Supplier For The Military Occupation Of The Unbelievers In The Islamic World, From Which Everyday Dozens Of Crusader Jets Are Rising And Bombing Muslims'

In a recent Pashtu-language article, the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) argued that Qatar is at the center of the global war against Islam, arguing that "the largest military base of the Crusader alliance and the international coalition against terrorism (Islam) is Al-Udeid [military base], which is in Qatar."


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Group Condemns Hamas, Palestinian Factions For Alliance With Shi'ite Iran, Accuses Iran Of Using Palestinian Factions For Its Interests

On May 7, 2024, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet published a poster featuring an excerpt from a January 4, 2024 audio message by ISIS spokesperson Abu Hudhayfah Al-Ansari.


Media Outlet Affiliated With Michigan-Based Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Preacher Advertises Fundraiser On The GoFundMe Crowdfunding Platform

An English-language media outlet affiliated with Michigan-based pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril has launched a fundraising campaign on the GoFundMe platform.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Somalia Al-Shabab Opens General Hospital In Kuunyobarrow, Lower Shabelle

On May 14, 2024, Shahada News Agency, the official outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) published a pictorial report highlighting the group's inauguration of a general hospital in the city of Kuunyobarrow in Lower Shabelle province in southern Somalia.


Al-Qaeda's Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) Eulogizes Malaysian Tech Expert Who Worked On Jihadi Projects, Accuses Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Of Executing Him

On May 14, 2024, Al-Qaeda's Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) media outlet published a March 13 statement issued by its technical department eulogizing a technical expert who was a pioneer in developing "jihadi technology."


Poster By Al-Qaeda Supporter Calls To Support Gaza By Killing 'Zionists' In Lone-Wolf Attacks Around The World; Preaching On Social Media, In Mosques, Schools; Revolting Against 'Treacherous Regimes'; Engaging In Economic Boycott

On May 14, 2024, Sandar Al-Ghafiqi, a prolific Al-Qaeda supporter, published a poster on an Al-Qaeda-operated server calling on Muslims to support Gaza with jihad.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Essay Condemns Muslim Rulers' Response To War In Gaza, Alleged 'Protection' Of The Jews: The Road To Removing Israel Begins With Removing Traitorous Arab Leaders

On May 10, 2024, the pro-Al-Qaeda publishing house Bayt Al-Maqdis released an essay condemning Arab and Muslim rulers' alleged approval of Israel's "crimes" in the Gaza Strip as a "betrayal" of Palestinians and Muslims in favor of protecting the Jews and maintaining loyalty to Israel.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Group: Saudi Royal Family Are Apostates, Traitors To Islam; Should Be Overthrown, Beheaded

On May 9, 2024, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet shared a videoclip.


In Urdu-Language Article, Former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Spokesman Says Pakistani Military Is Recruiting Lashkar-e-Taiba Fighters Into ISIS: 'The Centers And Training Camps Of ISIS Are Active Under The Protection Of The Pakistani Army From Baluchistan To Bajaur And Dir'

In a recent article, Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), accused the Pakistani military leadership of recruiting and appointing their own people into the ranks of the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) in order to gain control of ISKP's regional leadership.


In Pashtu-Language Report, Pro-Afghan Taliban Website Al-Mirsaad Accuses ISIS-Linked Media 'Mujriyat Al-Ahdaath' Of Pocketing Donations Intended For Muslims Of Gaza And October 7 Attack

On May 4, 2024, a pro-Afghan Taliban website published a Pashtu-language report, asserting that a media outlet linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) is pocketing donations from people who contribute to support Muslims of Gaza.

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