May 21, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1205

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: May 14 - 21, 2022

May 21, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1205

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: ISIS Supporters Celebrate Mass Shootings In New York, California, On ISIS-Operated Rocket.Chat Server

Several supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) who are active in pro-ISIS channels on Rocket.Chat celebrated the two mass shootings that took place in the United States on May 14 and 15, 2022. Such a reaction is not atypical in the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server; ISIS supporters on Rocket.Chat typically celebrate U.S.-based shootings, whether carried out by Muslims or otherwise.


EXCLUSIVE: Coverpage Article In Issue 27 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Says Of Ukraine War 'Today The Disbelievers Are At Each Other's Neck'; Detailing Anti-Muslim Riots And Massacres, Calls On Indian Muslims To Attack Hindus; Quotes Koran: 'Kill The Idolaters Wherever You Find Them'

The coverpage article in the latest issue of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language monthly magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") describes anti-Muslim riots and massacres in India and urges Indian Muslims to join the jihad.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Claim Russia Authorized Notorious Ransomware Group 'To Strike, Blackmail Western Targets'

On May 15-16, 2022, a channel on the Rocket.Chat server operated by the Islamic State (ISIS), published an Arabic- and English-language post claiming that a Russia-based organized cyber crime group has resumed activity on the dark web. Both posts explained that Russian authorities have authorized the group's return to activity in response to recent sanctions imposed by the West following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Group Releases English-Narrated Video Discrediting Afghan Taliban, Claiming U.S. Won The Long-Term Battle In Afghanistan By Manipulation Strategies

On May 17, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a video that argues that the U.S. and its Western allies succeeded in manipulating the Afghan Taliban politically, intellectually, and economically, just as it did with other jihadi groups except ISIS. The video is the first released by the media outlet since August 2021.


EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Iran-Backed Militias Boosting Forces In Desert Region Of Northeastern Syria, In Coordination With Russia

A Syrian opposition website reported on May 12, 2022 that, due to the war in Ukraine, Russia is allowing Iran-backed militias to boost their presence in eastern Syria.


ISIS Claims First Attack In Eight Months In Damascus Area

On May 16, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the detonation of two IEDS on two vehicles in two different places in the western rural area of Damascus.


ISIS Sinai Continues Increased Attacks Against Egyptian Security Forces, Claims Two Operations In Northern Sinai Resulting In 15 Casualties

On May 14, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released two official statements in which it claims responsibility for operations perpetrated against the Egyptian Army and the tribal members who cooperate with it in northern Sinai.


WARNING — GRAPHIC: ISIS Weekly Newsletter 'Exclusive Report': May 7 Sinai Attack Avenged Captured Women; Targeting Gas Pipeline Is 'Economic Warfare' Against Egypt, Israel

The May 13, 2022, issue 338 of the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Naba' weekly newsletter included extensive coverage of the ongoing escalation between ISIS operatives in Sinai and Egyptian military forces.


Message From ISIS Spokesman Shaykh Abu Umar Al-Muhajir In Issue 27 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind': 'Bayt Al-Maqdis [Jerusalem] Will Only Be Freed By The Hands Of The Muwahideen And The Worshipers Of Allah, The Mujahideen'

The latest issue of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language monthly magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") included an English translation of a message from ISIS spokesman Shaykh Abu Umar Al-Muhajir calling on jihadi fighters to "bring back the killings, the stabbings, and the running over" of the unbelievers, and warns that Jerusalem "will only be freed by the hands of the muwahideen [Islamic monotheists] and the worshipers of Allah, the mujahideen, not by the hands of the Tawagheet [tyrants]."


Article In Issue 27 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Warns Hindus: 'By Allah, The Lions Of The Islamic State Will Soon Slaughter You In The Middle Of The Streets Of Kashmir'

An article in the latest issue of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language monthly magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") calls on Muslims in Kashmir not to wait to join the ISIS and instead launch lone-wolf attacks on Hindus in Kashmir and elsewhere in India.


Poem In Issue 27 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Calls Upon Indian Muslims: 'Arise And Arouse To Write A New Story, With Sabr [Patience] Upon Jihad – We'll Bring Back The Glory"

A short poem in the latest issue of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language monthly magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") criticizes the principles of maslaha ("expedience"), brotherhood, and democracy upheld by Indian Muslims and urges them to move on the path of jihad.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channels Report Meeting Between Afghan Taliban And Iran To Discuss ISIS's Growing Threat To Shared Border

On May 12, 2022 pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channels reported that Iran sent a delegation to hold talks with the Afghan Taliban about the increasing attacks carried by ISIS in Khurasan (ISK) near the two countries' shared border, implying that the meeting reflects Tehran's growing concerns about the threat to its stability posed by ISIS.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel: ISIS's New English- And French-Language Video Is A Message Of Deterrence Telling The U.S., Europe Not To Intervene In Africa

On May 13, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a post celebrating an official ISIS media outlet specialized in non-Arabic language content, which recently released a video titled "A Message to the Infidel West" following a hiatus.


Pro-ISIS East Asian Media Group Announces Merger with Thailand-Focused Outlet, Threatens Attacks Across The Region

On May 18, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group published a statement in English on its WhatsApp group, announcing that it has merged with an outlet which covers ISIS activities in Thailand.


London-Based Pro-ISIS Preacher Condemns Italian Authorities For 'Illegal Incarceration' Of Ansar Al-Islam Leader Ahead Of His Trial

On May 16, 2022, a Facebook account believed to be affiliated with a UK-based pro-ISIS preacher posted a statement demanding the release of Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi Kurdish jihadi cleric who founded the jihadi group Ansar Al-Islam, active in northern Iraq, while he had refugee status in Norway.


Australian Pro-ISIS Cleric Launches Anti-Vote Campaign Ahead Of Federal Election

An Australian Salafi-jihadi cleric who is a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) has launched a campaign to discourage Muslims from voting in the country's upcoming federal election, set for May 21, 2022.


ISIS Supporters On Social Media Call For Revenge Against A Christian From Nigeria For Insult To Allah And The Prophet Muhammad

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On May 12, 2022, Christian Nigerian student Deborah Samuel Yakubu was stoned to death and her body was burned in the Shehu Shagari College of Education compound where she studied in Sokoto, Nigeria. Yakubu was murdered by Muslim students who reacted in fury to a comment she posted on WhatsApp in which she criticized the Prophet Muhammad.


Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Denies Bombing UAE-Backed 'Giants Brigade' Convoy In Yemen, Says Circulating Reports Are False

On May 10, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a statement denying the group's involvement in a May 7 attack on government-affiliated and UAE-backed "Giants Brigade" troops in southern Yemen.


Al-Shabab Claims Series Of Simultaneous Attacks In Southern Somalia

During the month of May 2022, Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement (Al-Shabab) reported that its operatives carried out several simultaneous attacks against a series of targets in southern Somalia, in the Lower Shabelle and Juba regions and in the capital city of Mogadishu.


Al-Shabab Escalates Attacks In Somalia Ahead Of Parliamentary Vote To Elect President, Claims "Martyrdom Operation" Targeting Ceremony For Presidential Candidates

On May 11, 2022, Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement (Al-Shabab) claimed that the group conducted a "martyrdom operation" targeting a convoy of Somali government officials near the international airport in Mogadishu.


On Somalia's Presidential Election Day, Al-Shabab Claims Series Of Attacks Including On Members Of Parliament

On May 15, 2022, the day Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected as Somalia's tenth president, Shahada News Agency, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement (Al-Shabab), claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in the south of the country, and at the international airport in the capital, Mogadishu.


Anti-ISIS Channel Publishes Alleged 2014 Circular Listing Compensation Sums For ISIS-Operated Oil Facility Laborers Injured Or Killed During Coalition Bombardment

On May 13, 2022, on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server, an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel posted what it claimed was an ISIS circular, dated November 9, 2014, listing the compensation sums given laborers and vendors injured or killed during "Crusader bombardment" of ISIS-operated oil fields.


Anti-ISIS Channel Mocks ISIS's New Mozambique Province, Claims Tensions Are Rising Among ISIS Affiliates In Syria, ISIS Women In Al-Hol Camp

On May 11, 2022 on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server, an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel published several posts related to ISIS's recent activities, including the announcement of a new ISIS branch in Mozambique, as well as an alleged internal circular of group's affiliates in the Syria-based Al-Hol refugee camp.


Iran-Backed Group Claims Series Of Attacks Against U.S. Forces In Southern Iraq

On May 15, 2022, an Iran-backed group claimed responsibility for several attacks against a U.S. Army logistics support convoy in southern Iraq, all of which were carried out on that day.


Jihadis Online React To Taliban Statements Congratulating Newly Appointed UAE President, Eulogizing His Predecessor

On May 16-17, 2022, jihadis on social media, including supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda, reacted to statements issued by the Afghan Taliban congratulating Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates and eulogizing the passing of his predecessor and brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.


Two Jihadi Organizations Join Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) In North Waziristan

Two more jihadi organizations have joined the resurgent Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP), a conglomerate of several terrorist organizations that have increased their attacks against Pakistani security forces since the Afghan Taliban came to power in neighboring Afghanistan in mid-August 2021.

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