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On May 14, 2023, presidential elections were held in Turkey. The incumbent president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the right-wing Justice and Development (Adalet ve Kalkınma – AK) Party, received 49.5% of the vote, while his main challenger, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of the Republican People's Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi – CHP), won 44.9%. As neither candidate achieved a majority, the country's Supreme Election Council scheduled a runoff election for May 28. As Erdoğan won the 2014 and 2018 elections by a significant majority, his failure to again do so indicates a decline in his popularity in recent years.
On May 17, 2023, a new channel on the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server devoted to teaching ISIS supporters how to create chemical weapons, published a short guide in Arabic and English on how to create PETN, a plastic explosive, in ten steps.
On May 12, 2023, a pro-ISIS outlet released a poster titled "Targets for the Monotheists in the Arabian Peninsula," listing five main targets for Muslims to attack: oil installations, foreign embassies and ambassadors, prison workers, banks and Shi'ites. The poster also lists three secondary targets.
On May 11, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the seizure of 13 web domains used by Lebanese Hizbullah (LH).
Following the recent escalation in the Gaza Strip and Israel launching Operation Shield and Arrow targeting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) group, killing several top-tier military commanders, online jihadis and clerics, including supporters of Al-Qaeda and ISIS published posts condemning Israeli actions, calling on the PIJ to "ignite" the situation in the West Bank and urging Hamas to support the PIJ in Gaza to prevent further losses of the PIJ's leadership.
EXCLUSIVE: Following Israeli Military Operation In Gaza, Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Accuses 'Jews' And 'So-Called Muslims' Of Exploiting Skirmishes For Own Interests, Calls For Jihad To Liberate Palestine
On May 14, 2023, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel published a post commenting on the recent clashes between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza.
On May 10, 2023, the Islamic State Syria Province claimed responsibility for an attack in which a "security detachment" planted and detonated an IED on a vehicle inside a police station, in Barzeh municipality, in northern Damascus, destroying the vehicle, killing one police officer and injuring four others.
On May 16, 2023, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for a double VBIED suicide attack which took place on May 14, targeting "African Coalition" forces near the Lake Chad area in Nigeria's Borno State.
On May 12, 2023, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for a "martyrdom" attack the day before, May 11, near Lake Chad, Borno State, Nigeria.
On May 17, 2023, the Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP) claimed responsibility for a May 13 attack against Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) positions with machine guns, in the village of Tuayan, in the area of Maguindanao, southern Philippines, causing MILF operatives to flee. Later, ISEAP fighters burned the positions and seized an RPG launcher.
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On May 11, 2023, ISIS released Issue 390 of its weekly Al-Naba' newsletter, which includes an editorial praising the adherents of jihad as the faithful few who chose to follow the singular path of the truth towards success, rejecting all other paths.
On May 11, 2023, ISIS released Issue 390 of its weekly newsletter Al-Naba'. The issue contains an "exclusive" report about a month-long ISIS counteroffensive against Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), and their allied tribal militias, the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), in northeastern Mali.
On May 11, 2023, an anti-ISIS channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server, published a post arguing that recent setbacks suffered by ISIS reveal that it may now be run behind the scenes by enemies of the jihadi organization.
On May 11, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), issued a claim of responsibility for an Al-Shabab attack on a joint convoy of American forces and members of the U.S.-trained Somali Special Forces which was alleged to have taken place that day in the area known as Kilometer 50 west of the capital, Mogadishu.
On May 16, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), reported that the Administration of Al-Shabab's Gedo Province distributed foodstuffs including rice, flour, sugar, milk, oil and dates, to about 1,000 needy families, on the outskirts of Bardere, Gedo province, in southwestern Somalia.
On May 15, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), claimed responsibility for two attacks against government ministries in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Al-Shabab, is widely considered the group's most active and lethal branch, carrying out near-daily attacks against Somali and regional forces, government employees, and civilians.
On May 16, 2023, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel, released two statements claiming responsibility for six attacks targeting Burkinabe and Malian forces over the past week.
On May 13, 2023 Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), released two statements claiming attacks on troops in Central Mali on May 11 and May 12.
Senior Ansar Allah Movement Official Warns Saudi Arabia Against 'U.S. And U.K. Blackmail,' Declares Saudi Security 'Dependent On Security Of Yemen,' Alleges U.S. Obstructs Payments To Yemen's Civil Servants
On May 15, 2023, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthi) claimed that the U.S. seeks to undermine the solution to the humanitarian issues in Yemen, warning that Saudi Arabia submits to U.S. "blackmail" and is therefore responsible for instability in the region.
On May 14, 2023, the spokesman for Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham's (HTS) General Security Service (GSS), Diya' Al-'Umar, released a statement accusing Hizb ut-Tahrir of collaborating with extremists and trying to undermine governance and stability in northwestern Syria.
On August 15, 2022, a senior Iraqi-born religious official in Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), caused a media storm by calling on branches of Al-Qaeda to break ties with the organization – as HTS had done in 2016.
On May 13, 2023, a pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) media outlet shared a set of ten photos showing Katibat Al-Ghuraba' Al-Turkestan (The Turkestani Battalion of Strangers – KGT) fighters graduating from training camps and courses to improve their comabt skills.
On May 15, 2023, the official media outlet of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a Uyghur jihadi group active in Afghanistan and Syria, released a series of four photos showing a graduation ceremony of 36 women who participated in a course in memorizing the Quran, in a girls' school run by TIP in Syria.
On May 14, 2023, a pro Al-Qaeda media outlet published a 26-page essay titled "Media Jihad and the Supportive Media," listing suggestions for improving the group's media operations.
On May 12, 2023, Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq movement, a pro-Iranian Iraqi Shi'ite militia, released a statement condemning Israel's strikes targeting senior leaders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and vowing to continue to support the Palestinian people's resistance against the "usurper occupation."
On May 9, 2023, Israel launched Operation Shield and Arrow against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement in the Gaza Strip, during which it killed four senior members of the movement from the air.
Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Respond To U.S. Ambassador's Call To Disarm Them: American She-Satan Must Be Silenced; Only Solution Is "The Weapons Of The Resistance;" Shi'ite Forces In Government Neglecting Obligation To Take Revenge Against U.S.
On May 16, 2023, in an interview with the UAE-based Sky News Arabia, U.S. ambassador to Iraq Alina L. Romanowski stated that the U.S. has no intention of leaving the region. She asserted that the Iraqi people do not want a country that is controlled by militias and called for them to be disarmed.
Iran-Backed Ashab Al-Kahf Militia Calls On Iraqi PM And Intelligence To End Collaboration With U.S., Israel; Vows To Continue Operations Against U.S., British Forces; Claims 'Recent' Attack On MI6 In Iraq
On May 14, 2023, the Iran-backed Iraqi militia Ashab Al-Kahf published a three-page statement in which it calls on Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al-Sudani to stop serving the U.S. and Israel, and to stop supplying them with information about the activities of the Shi'ite factions in the country.
On May 17, 2023, a new Telegram channel which is affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq and declares that it is operated by "the intelligence unit of the Islamic resistance which tracks the activities of the U.S. forces in air and on land," published several reports alleging secret aerial operations conducted by the U.S. and Israel.
On May 17, 2023, a Telegram channel linked to Iran-backed militias in Iraq published a post commemorating the death anniversary of Ezzedine Salim, one of the leading members of the Iraqi Dawaa Movement between 1980 and 2004, who served as the President of the Governing Council of Iraq in 2004 after the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime.
On May 13 and May 15, 2023, a Telegram channel which supports Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared posts threatening the U.S. military and warning Iraqi leaders not to challenge its power. Directed at Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al-Sudani, one post appeared to suggest the possibility of violence between the government and militias, following reports about a brief clash that took place just one day earlier.