May 10, 2024 Special Announcements No. 1475

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May 10, 2024
Special Announcements No. 1475

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: Egyptian Group Claims Stabbing Israeli Businessman In Alexandria, Says Attack Was Well-Planned

On May 7, 2023, several accounts on X (formerly Twitter) posted a statement allegedly from an Egyptian group.


EXCLUSIVE: Yemen's Houthi-Controlled Sanaa University Welcomes Western Students Expelled Due To Pro-Palestinian Activity; Houthi Leader: Suppression Of Student Protests In West Akin To 'Military Attack' By 'Thugs'

On April 30, 2024, the Sanaa University Council at Yemen's Sana'a University which is controlled by the Houthi Ansar Allah movement, praised the pro-Palestinian student protests at universities in the U.S. and in Europe, and announced that it was opening its doors to every student who was expelled due to participation in such a demonstration.


EXCLUSIVE:  London-Based Al-Qaeda Ideologue: The Suppression Of The "University Intifada" In The U.S. Reflects Its Nature As A Country Based On Terrorism And Genocide; Islam Will Bury The American Empire Underfoot After It Collapses On Its Own

On May 3, 2024, a Telegram channel affiliated with London-based Egyptian Al-Qaeda ideologue Hani Al-Siba'i, shared a video of a five-minute lecture by Al-Siba'i about the pro-Palestine student protests that have been taking place at American universities and about "the Americans' philosophy of genocide."


EXCLUSIVE: To Commemorate 13th Anniversary Of Osama Bin Laden's Killing, Afghan Taliban Republish His Speech In Support Of Them, Publish Article Defending Him

On May 2, 2024, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) commemorated the 13th anniversary of the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.


Ansar Allah Houthi Officials Warn: U.S. Plans To Draw Neighbors Into War On Yemen, Threaten 'Harsh Response,' 'Repercussions Beyond Yemen's Border'

On May 1, 2024, senior members of Yemen's Ansar Allah (the Houthis) Movement posted commentary accusing the United States of attempting to draw Yemen's neighbors into a direct war on Yemen, and warning Saudi Arabia and the UAE to learn the lesson from the decade-long war on Yemen.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Information Minister: Houthis To Continue Operations Even If Gaza Ceasefire Achieved; Jihad Against Jews And Christians Is 'Religious Obligation;' Houthis Will Soon Operate in Mediterranean Sea

On May 4 and 7, 2024, Deif Allah Al-Shami, the Houthi Information Minister, government spokesman, and member of the Ansar Allah movement Political Bureau, gave two interviews, one to the media in Iran and another to the Lebanese media.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Launches 'Fourth Phase Of Escalation' Threatening Attacks On Vessels In Mediterranean Sea, Broader Action If Israel's Rafah Operation Proceeds

On May 3, 2024, the Armed Forces of Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis), released a statement announcing the details of the fourth phase of escalation in the face of the U.S-Israeli "aggression" against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claims Arresting Network Of Spies 'Recruited By U.S., Israel To Gather Intelligence, Carry Out Assassinations'

On May 6, 2024, Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis), published a report on its official website, saying its Ministry of Defense, during the past few days, had arrested a number of spies, who were recruited by an anti-Houthi intelligence unit.


Pro-Hizbullah Lebanese Daily Claims Yemen's Ansar Allah Movement (Houthi) Attacks In Mediterranean Sea 'Looming,' Deployment Of U.S. Aircraft Carrier 'New Opportunity' For Movement To Deal 'Humbling Blows' To U.S. Naval Forces

On May 8, 2024, the Lebanese Hizbullah-affiliated Al-Akhbar daily reported, citing a military source in Sanaa, that the return of the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Carney, to the Red Sea represents a "new opportunity" for the naval forces affiliated with the Yemeni Ansar Allah Movement (Houthis) to carry out "humbling blows" to the U.S. Navy.


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

On May 9, 2024, the armed forces of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement claimed 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.


Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine (PFLP): Any 'Non-Palestinian Body' Managing Rafah Crossing A 'Legitimate Target'

On the morning of May 7, 2024, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an operation to seize control over the Gazan side of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.


Saudi Daily: Hizbullah Announces General Mobilization To Prepare For Potential Israeli Invasion Of Southern Lebanon

On May 7, 2024, a London-based Saudi daily, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, published a report citing unnamed sources within Lebanese Hizbullah and its Lebanese ally, the Amal Movement, asserting that Hizbullah had announced a general mobilization.


Iran-Backed Bahraini Al-Ashtar Companies Claim Second Drone Attack On Eilat, Israel

On May 7, 2024, Al-Ashtar Companies, which are part of Iran-backed "Islamic Resistance in Bahrain," issued a statement claiming responsibility for a May 2 drone attack, saying that they had targeted a "vital" target in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city.


Drone Attack Against Transportation Company In Southern Israel Claimed By Iran-Backed Bahraini Militia Al-Ashtar Companies

On May 2, 2024, Al-Ashtar Companies, which is part of Iran-backed "Islamic Resistance in Bahrain," issued a statement claiming responsibility for a drone attack the same day against the head office of Israeli transportation company Trucknet Enterprise in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Missile Attacks Against Israel: Hizbullah-Affiliated Al-Mayadeen Identifies Targets, Al-Nujaba' Movement Member: Iraqi Resistance 'Has A Very Large Target Bank'

On May 2-3, 2024, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization consisting of several Iran-backed militias in Iraq, issued three statements claiming responsibility for attacks against Israeli "vital targets" in Tel Aviv, Be'er-Sheva, and the Dead Sea, using Al-Arqab-type, Iranian-made long-range cruise missiles.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Responsibility For Three Missile And Drone Attacks Against Israel, Threatens To Continue "Pounding The Enemy's Strongholds"

On May 5-6, 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 against three different targets in Israeli territory.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Documents Drone Launches On Israeli Targets, Claims Missile, Drone Attacks Against Port In Southern Israel, Israeli Gas Field, Military Bases

On May 6, 2024, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed joint operations group of Iraqi militias, published 31- and 32-second videos documenting May 5 drone launches towards a military airbase in Israel's southern city of Eilat and a "Zionist military facility in our occupied lands [Israel]."


Iran-Linked Iraqi Youth Group Disseminates Anti-U.S., Anti-Israel Slogans To Chant During Protests: 'U.S. Agent Of Global Zionism,' Israel Is In 'Decline' And Its 'End Is Near'

On May 6, 2024, The Global Front of Resistance Youth, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias and linked to a group with the same name, shared posts featuring dozens of anti-Israel, anti-U.S. slogans in English and suggested that they be used at anti-Israel student protests.


Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades Spokesman: U.S. Products Should Be Boycotted Until U.S. Seriously Considers Withdrawing Forces From Iraq; Jordan, Kuwait Must Forbid U.S. From Launching Attacks On Iraq From Their Territories

On May 7, 2024, Abu Ali Al-Askari, spokesman for the Iran-backed Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades, released a statement declaring that neither the U.S. nor the Iraqi government is serious about withdrawing U.S. forces from the country, calling to boycott U.S products, and urging the UAE, Kuwait, and Jordan to prevent the U.S. from using their territory to launch attacks inside Iraq.


Islamic State (ISIS) Mozambique Province Releases Photos Showing Operatives Burning Christian Villagers' Homes, Church, School, In Nampula Province; First Attack In Area Since November 2022

On May 1, 2024, the Islamic State (ISIS) Mozambique Province published a photoset documenting an attack on the Christian village of Manica, in Erati District, in northern Mozambique's Nampula Province.


Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Reports Activity Of African Affiliates: Implementing Shari'a Punishments In Nigeria; Targeting Nigerian Army Base During State Governor's Visit; Causing Flight Of Christians In DRC; Shooting Down Mozambican Army Helicopter

Issue 441 of Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine Al-Naba', released on May 2, 2024, contains reports of attacks and activity by the organization's African affiliates claimed for the first time.


Anti-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet: Much 'Unofficial' Pro-ISIS Media Is Run By Undercover Operatives Of Official Media

On May 3, 2024, an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel on an Al-Qaeda-operated server published a post alleging that many of the unofficial social media accounts supporting ISIS are actually managed by operatives of the organization's official media bureau, noting that ironically, those operatives are occasionally accused of undermining the official media or of being spies by supporters unaware of their identities.


Article In Issue 34 Of 'Voice of Khurasan,' By ISIS Spokesman Abu Hudhayfah Al-Ansari, Marks First Decade Of Islamic State: 'O Ummah Of Islam, What Is Happening Today To Muslims In Gaza Is What Happened Many Times Over, Just A Few Years Ago, In Iraq, Sham [Syria], Libya, Sinai, And Yemen'

The latest issue of an English-language ISIS magazine carries a lead article by ISIS spokesman Abu Hudhayfah Al-Ansari, marking the completion of a decade since the declaration of Khilafah by the then-first ISIS emir Abu Bakr Al-Baghdad.


Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) Claim Killing Nine Christian Civilians In Series Of Attacks In Northern Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC), Burning Over 230 Christian Houses In Northern Mozambique

In recent days, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) and the Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) have continued their attacks on Christian civilians.


In Issue 30 Of Its Pashtu-Language Magazine 'Khurasan Ghag,' Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) Vows To Avenge Pakistan's Airstrikes In Afghanistan

The latest issue of "Khurasan Ghag," the Pashtu-language magazine of the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP), features a cover article condemning the March 18 airstrikes by Pakistan on Afghan territory and warns that the Islamic State will avenge the strikes.


Islamic State Weekly Newsletter Discusses Virtues Of Knowledge, Warns Against Pursuing Knowledge As An End In Itself

On May 2, 2024, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 441 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'.


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

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.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Continues Escalation Of Attacks In Mali And Burkina Faso, Killing Over 20 Soldiers, Capturing Military Vehicles, Abundant Weapons And Ammunition

Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), one of the most prolific Al-Qaeda affiliates, has continued its escalation of attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, claiming several major operations causing large numbers of casualties and capturing large quantities of military vehicles and weapons.


Essay Republished By Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Group: Abandonment Of Global Jihad Endangers Jihadis, They Should Wage Guerilla Warfare As Individuals Or Small Cells

On May 3, 2024, a pro-Al-Qaeda media published an essay by a Syrian jihadi.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Magazine Celebrates Bin Laden's Legacy, Argues: Increasing Numbers Of Arabs And Muslims In West Will Pave The Way For A New Generation Of Al-Qaeda

On May 5, 2024, a pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram bot shared a PDF publication that it described as "the first supplement" of the third issue the pro-Al-Qaeda magazine "Incite the Believers."


Afghan Taliban: 'With Deep Sadness, We Learned About The Discovery Of Mass Graves… In Khan Yunis'; 'The U.S.'s Historical Alliances And Covert Operations Have Often Fueled Conflicts, And Contributed To The Destabilization Of Nations'

On April 24, 2024, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) issued a Dari-language statement  saying that the discovery of bodies, including those of women and children, at a mass grave in Khan Younis, a city in Gaza, serves as evidence of the oppression endured by the "defenseless" Palestinian people.


In Pashtu-Language Article, Pro-Afghan Taliban Website Accuses America Of Using Islamic State (ISIS) As A Tool Against Its Adversaries: 'Today ISIS Has Taken Refuge In Pakistan And Threatens Afghanistan From Pakistan's Warm Embrace'

A Pashtu-language article published by the pro-Afghan Taliban Al-Mirsaad media accuses the West, particularly the United States, of establishing the Islamic State (ISIS) to target the mujahideen in Iraq and to use it as a tool to advance its strategic goals in the world.


Afghan Taliban Accuse U.S. Of Seeking To Influence Taliban Government: 'Those Groups Opposing America's Interests And Refusing To Submit To Its Dominance Are Labeled As 'Terrorists' By The Occupying Powers'

On April 28, 2024, an official website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) published an article, accusing the United States and regional countries of demanding "human rights, freedom of expression, and an inclusive government" in Kabul in order to install their own personnel in the Afghan Taliban government.


Dari-Language Investigative Report By Afghan Media Reveals Taliban's Continued Protection Of Uyghur Jihadis: 'The Uyghur Fighters Live Secretly Under The Rule Of The Taliban, And This Is Probably Because The Taliban Do Not Want Their Relations With China To Be Strained Over The Uyghurs'

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Recently, the Afghan daily Etilaat Roz published an investigative report revealing that the Afghan Taliban government has continued to shelter and support Uyghur jihadi fighters who are mostly based in Badakhshan province.


Dari-Language Media Report: Taliban Executed 1,196 Suicide Bombings Against U.S., NATO Troops And Afghan Security Forces From 2002 To 2020

A Dari-language report by the Afghan International media outlet reveals that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) executed 1,196 suicide bombings against U.S. troops and Afghan security forces in Afghanistan over a period of two decades.

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