May 28, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1060

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: May 22 – 29, 2021

May 28, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1060

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: Family Members, Online Jihadis, Media Outlets Commemorate U.S. Citizen And His Father Killed Fighting Alongside Hamas

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In the last few days family members, media outlets and online jihadis have commemorated U.S. citizen Osama Al-Zebda and his father, Jamal Al-Zebda, a graduate of U.S. universities. Both men were rocket engineers in the Hamas military arm, Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and were killed in Israeli airstrikes on May 12.


EXCLUSIVE: Al Arabiya Website: Iranian Engineers Helped Hamas Develop Missiles, Booby-Trapped Drones; Senior Iranian Military Official Visited Weapons Workshops In Gaza

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On May 26, 2021, the website of the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television channel posted an article about the military assistance that Iran grants to Hamas, which includes help in the development of missiles and booby-trapped drones.


EXCLUSIVE: Commander Of Al-Qaeda-Aligned Syrian Jihadi Group Urges Palestinians To Resume Suicide Bombings Targeting Israeli Jews, Claims Attacks on Israel Have Reduced Israeli Jews' Numbers

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On May 14, 2021, the head of a Syrian jihadi group posted a "message to Jews and Muslims" on Telegram urging Palestinians to carry out suicide attacks targeting Israelis and threatening Israeli Jews.


EXCLUSIVE: Video By Gaza-Based Jihadi Group Jaysh Al-Islam Urges Muslims Living In The West To Destroy Jewish Interests, Spill Jewish Blood

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On May 19, 2021, a Gaza-based jihadi group released a video in which an operative called on Muslims living in Western countries to target Jewish interests and defend Muslims by spilling Jewish blood.


EXCLUSIVE: Senior Hizbullah Official: The Smuggling Of Rockets Into Palestine Continues At Full Force

Naim Qassem, Hizbullah deputy secretary-general, gave an interview to the Al-Nour, Hizbullah-owned radio station in Beirut, on the occasions of the 21st anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon, and the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian factions, which went into effect on May 21, 2021.


EXCLUSIVE: Article In Syria-Based Jihadi Magazine Supports Hamas Attacks On Israel, Condemns Its Embrace Of Democracy And Alliance With Iran

Issue 24 of a monthly magazine, which was published by a group of independent jihadi clerics in Syria's rebel-held Idlib area on May 18, 2021, contains an article discussing how jihadis should relate to the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Weekly: Attack Israel And Jews Worldwide, Only ISIS Will Liberate Jerusalem, Palestine Is Not A Greater Priority Than Other Struggles Against Unbelievers

Issue 287 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine Al-Naba', which was published on May 20, 2021, includes an editorial discussing the current violence between Israel and the Palestinians.


Islamic State's India Province Claims Burning Of Temple Of 'Polytheist' Hindus In Kashmir's Srinagar

On May 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that its Wilyat Al-Hind, or India Province, set fire to a "famous temple of the polytheist Hindus" in Srinagar, the largest city in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir area, which is administered by India.


Article In Issue 16 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Shows ISIS Flag At The Gate Of Kashmir Mosque With Slogan: 'We Are Fighting In Iraq And Syria And Our Eyes Are On Al-Quds [Jerusalem]'

An article in Issue 16 of the ISIS magazine "Sawt Al-Hind" includes a photo of an ISIS flag put up outside the main gate at a central mosque in Kashmir, maybe in the capital city of Srinagar, while a message written on a second banner accompanying the flag declares: "We are fighting in Iraq and Syria and our eyes are on Al-Quds – Wilayah Hind."


Article In Issue 16 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Refutes Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) Claim Of Kashmir Killing, Adds: 'Islamic State... Has Carried Out Operations From The East Asia To West Africa, From Europe To America'

In an article published in Issue 16 of the ISIS magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("Voice of India"), the Islamic State's India Province accused Pakistan-backed jihadi organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) of claiming ISIS's killing of Indian soldiers in Kashmir.


Article 'From Brothers In Maldives' In Issue 16 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Urges Aid For Jihadis In Prisons, Notes: 'Prophet Muhammad Said, Set Free The Captives'

An article in the Issue 16 of the ISIS magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") emphasizes the importance of freeing jihadis imprisoned across the world and calls on Muslims to support the families of such inmates.


Amid Reports Of Boko Haram Leader Abu Bakr Shekau's Death, ISIS Weekly Publishes Photo Of ISWAP's Shari'a Punishment Of Three Bandits At Public Market In Mali

Issue 287 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine Al-Naba', published on May 20, 2021, included a report saying that ISIS fighters in Mali implemented had al-hirabah (the shari'a punishment for banditry) against three bandits after a complaint they received from Muslims there.


ISIS Weekly Publishes Part Two Of Biography Of Slain ISIS Media Head Abu Muhammad Al-Furqan

Issue 287 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine Al-Naba', which was published on May 20, 2021, includes the second part of a biography of Abu Muhammad Al-Furqan, the emir of the ISIS Media Diwan and also the head of the media apparatus of its forerunner, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI).


Infographic: Pro-ISIS Outlets Produced 159 Media Items In Ramadan Campaign For Solidarity With 'Muslim Female Captives'

On May 22, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) umbrella media group released an infographic poster summarizing the activities of several pro-ISIS media outlets, as part of media campaign during Ramadan dubbed "Patience, O Muslim Female Captives."


Pro-ISIS Poster Boasts That ISIS Attacks Kill New Iraqi Officials 'Within 10 Days'

The Hadm Al-Aswar poster praises ISIS fighters for "war strategies that have no match," noting that the organization does not currently wage conventional warfare but "a war of clever ones which violently shatters the military and economic apparatus."


Al-Qaeda-aligned Syrian Jihadi Group Tansiqiyat Al-Jihad Calls On Jihadi Groups To Exchange Military And Technological Knowledge, Fight Against All Jews

On May 12, 2021, an Al-Qaeda-aligned Syrian jihadi group released a statement calling on jihadi groups to exchange military and technological knowledge in aviation, rocket building, and mining and urging all Muslims to fight all Jews.


Syrian Opposition Websites: Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Militias Use Archeological Sites In Eastern Syria As Arms Warehouses

In recent weeks, Syrian opposition websites have reported that pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias stationed in eastern Syria are using archeological sites as arms warehouses, to avoid attacks.


In Eid Al-Fitr Message, Ansar Ghazwatul Hind Emir Accuses Pakistan Of Betraying Kashmir Jihad, Says: 'Freedom Of Kashmir And The Destruction Of Indian Hindu State Is Only Possible Through Jihad'

Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), an affiliate of Al-Qaeda In The Indian subcontinent (AQIS), has released a message of greetings on Eid Al-Fitr by its emir Ghazi Khalid Ibrahim in which he laments a recent ceasefire agreed upon by Pakistan and India along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, and urges followers to wage jihad against India for the freedom of Kashmir.


Al-Shabab Video Shows Kenyan POW Urging His President To Free Kenyan Captives, End Kenyan Military Intervention In Somalia

On May 24, 2021, the media arm of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate jihadi group Al-Shabab released a video featuring a Kenyan officer who was captured in 2016 calling on Kenya's president to secure his release and the release of other Kenyan prisoners of wars (POW), urging him to end Kenyan Military intervention in Somalia.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Channel Celebrates New Coup In Mali: 'O Allah, Annihilate Them At Each Other's Hands'

On May 24, 2021, a prominent pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel celebrated news of a coup in Mali in which President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested and taken to a military base outside the capital Bamako on May 24.


Iraqi Resistance Factions Threaten To Escalate Attacks Against U.S. Forces

On May 22, 2021, a joint organ of the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq published a statement threatening to escalate the operations against the American forces in Iraq in light of the "bad and very regrettable" results of the two rounds of talks between the U.S. government and the Iraqi government and the "lack of ability" of the latter to realize the "will of the Iraqi people" and remove the American forces from the country.


Hizbullah Brigades Commander Says May 25 Demonstrations Aim To Postpone Elections To Extend Al-Kadhimi's Tenure, Urges PMU, 'Iraqi Resistance' To Protect Youths, Increase Pressure On U.S., UK Presence, Abort Saudi, UAE 'Destructive Projects'

On May 24, 2021, the military commander of the Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hizbullah Brigades (KH) shared a post on his Telegram channel saying that demonstrations planned for May 25 were intended to postpone the Iraqi parliamentary elections to extend the tenure of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and his government.

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