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May 12, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1202

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: May 7 - 14, 2022

May 12, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1202

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: Telegram Channel That Supports Iran-Backed Militias Offers Free Weapons To West Bank Residents To Perpetrate Terrorist Attacks

On May 7, 2022, a Telegram channel which supports Iran-backed militias published a statement promising free weapons to residents of the West Bank who need them to perpetrate terrorist attacks against Israel. The statement reads, "Do you live in the West Bank and want a rifle or a pistol? Please note, the weapons [are provided] free of charge. Contact us via the bot. We speak Arabic and English."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead Of A Meeting Of The Global Coalition To Defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) In Morocco, ISIS Supporters Mock The 'Failure' Of Its Efforts

On May 11, 2022, a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) is slated to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, to discuss how to contend with the organization, especially in the African arena.

 

In New Episode Of Video Series, Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Stresses Importance Of Islamic Preaching, Calls To Expunge "Rotten" Egyptian Regime

On May 10, 2the media arm of Al-Qaeda Central, released episode 5 of its "Together towards Allah" series of videos by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

 

On 11th Anniversary Of Bin Laden Assassination, Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri States: 'Bin Laden's Path Triumphs,' 'U.S. Is Weak And In Retreat' And Muslims Should Unite Against It, Ukraine War Is Proof That U.S. Abandons Its Allies

On May 6, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda Central Command released a 28-minute video clip featuring the group's top leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri titled, "The Call of the Imam to the Islamic Ummah."

 

Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb Releases Interview Spotlighting Algerian Operative In Effort To Encourage Jihad Among Country's Youth

On May 9, 2022, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a long-form interview with one of its operatives who earlier in 2022 called on Algerian youth to wage jihad against the country's rulers.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Killing 17 Soldiers In Attack On Egyptian Army Position East Of Suez Canal

On May 7, 2022, the Egyptian Army's official spokesperson reported that "a terrorist attack on a water lifting unit in the east of the [Suez] Canal was thwarted," stating that "a takfiri [one who considers other Muslims to be unbelievers; a pejorative term for jihadis] elements group" had attacked a military unit east of the Suez Canal, killing an officer and ten soldiers and wounding another five soldiers in ensuing clashes.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Rocket Attack On Tajik Army Position Near Afghan Border

On May 7, 2022, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) published a claim of responsibility for the firing, by ISKP fighters, of nine Katyusha rockets at a "headquarters of the apostate Tajik army" near Afghanistan's Takhar province.

 

ISIS Weekly Announces Conclusion Of Two-Week Campaign To Avenge Its Slain Leaders, Tallies Attacks In Infographic

On May 6, 2022, issue 337 of the Islamic State's (ISIS) weekly newsletter, Al-Naba', included an infographic highlighting attacks carried out by the group under the campaign dubbed "The Raid to Avenge The Two Sheikhs."

 

Marking Eid, ISIS Editorial Tells Fighters: Rejoice, For Allah Has Blessed You By Choosing You To Establish His Shari'a

On May 6, 2022, issue 337 of the Islamic State's (ISIS) weekly newsletter, Al-Naba', was released, containing an editorial marking Eid Al-Fitr titled "Rejoice in Allah's Blessing and Mercy."

 

As ISIS Releases First Photoset From Central, Southern Nigeria, Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Posts Map Of Likely Expansion Into New Nigerian States

On May 1, 2022, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a photoset documenting the activities of fighters in central and southern Nigeria during the month of Ramadan.

 

ISIS Supporters: Establishing Mozambique Province Is A Gain Against The West, Facilitated By Massacring African Christians

On May 9, 2022, the Islamic State Mozambique Province claimed that its fighters attacked a barracks of the "crusader Mozambican Army" in Cabo Delgado province.

 

Celebrating Terrorist Attack In Elad, Near Petah Tikva, Israel, Hamas And Gaza-Based Jihadi Clerics Call It 'Heroic' Response To The 'Lie' Of Israel's Independence Day

On May 5, 2022, local reports said that at least three people were killed and more were injured in a terrorist attack in the Israeli city of Elad, near Petah Tikva. Reports thus far suggest that the attack was carried out by one attacker with an axe and another with a gun.

 

Jihadis In Gaza And Syria Continue To Praise 'Heroic' Attack In Elad, Israel, Urge More Attacks

On May 5-6, 2022, jihadis shared a series of Telegram posts celebrating the "heroic" May 5 attack in the Israeli city of Elad, near Petah Tikva, which coincided with Israel's 74th Independence Day. In the attack, three people were killed and four wounded.

 

Al-Shabab Publishes New Details On May 3 Attack On African Union Transition Mission, Claims Locals Were Encouraged To Kill, Loot Burundian Soldiers

On May 5, 2022, the official media outlet of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published a lengthy report highlighting international media coverage of the May 3, 2022 attack carried out by the group on a base belonging to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), in which 173 Burundian ATMIS soldiers were reportedly killed.

 

Martyrdom Will Of Al-Shabab Suicide Bomber From Kenya Threatens France, Burundi, Somali "Apostates," Urges Comrades To Sacrifice Their Lives To Liberate Al-Aqsa

On May 10, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) published an article reporting that the local radio network in the "Islamic provinces" controlled by the jihadi group had broadcast the last will of the perpetrator of one of the twin suicide attacks carried out by the group on May 3.

 

After Website's Suspension, Al-Shabab's Official Media Outlet Promotes Its New Facebook Page

On May 4, 2022, the official media outlet of the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement, the Somalia-based branch of Al-Qaeda, created a Facebook page to disseminate the group's latest claims of responsibility and other related content.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Publishes Recent Photos Of Iraqi-Born Religious Official Abu Mariyah Al-Qahtani

On May 5, 2022, the official media outlet of Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a set of three photos showing several senior HTS figures paying a visit to "muhajireen notables" during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday

 

Syria-Based U.S. Born Jihadi Reporter Interviews Spokesman For 'Imam Jamil Al-Amin,' AKA H. Rap Brown, Accuses Prison Authorities Of 'Executing' Him By Medical Neglect, Claims FBI Moved Him To Federal Prison Because Inmates Wanted Him To Be Their Mosque Imam

On May 10, 2022, a media outlet operated by a Syria-based U.S.-born jihadi reporter posted a 24-minute, 20-second YouTube video which features an interview he conducted with the spokesman for the "Imam Jamil Al-Amin Action Network."

 

Syrian Jihadi Faction Promotes Recruitment Drive, New Facebook Page; In YouTube Video, Documents Commander Visiting Fighters On Eid

On May 5, 2022, a Syrian jihadi group released a poster promoting a recruitment drive hosted by the group at a military camp on May 7, 2022.

 

Syrian Opposition Websites: Iran Is Establishing A Local Militia In Southern Syria, On The Border With Israel

In late April 2022, several Syrian opposition websites reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has established a new militia which will recruit residents from southern Syria and will be stationed on the border with Israel. In order to evade Israeli shelling, the militia will fly Syrian regime flags.

 

Ansar Al-Islam Celebrates Eid Al-Fitr By Teaching Young Children To Fire Guns

On May 2, 2022, Ansar Al-Islam, a predominantly Kurdish Salafi-jihadi militant group that operates in northern Iraq and Syria, released nine photos showing its fighters and their children celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

 

Article In Issue Five Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Stresses Role Of Media In Disinformation As Offensive Tactic, Describes How Early Muslims Deceived Jewish Tribe Of Banu Quraiza, Says: 'We Can Use Aeroplanes For [Throwing] Those Leaflets'

A key article in issue five of "Voice of Khurasan," the English-language monthly magazine published by the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province, details how to use media to spread disinformation and rumours among the enemy to defeat them and cites hadiths to justify these methods.

 

Infographic In Issue Five Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Reports 30 Attacks In Afghanistan And Pakistan, Fired 10 Rockets Into Uzbekistan During Ramadan 2022

According to a one-page infographic published in issue five of "Voice of Khurasan" – the English-language monthly magazine published by the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province – the Islamic State carried out 30 operations during the month of Ramadan, which in 2022 began on April 2.

 

Infographics In Issue Four Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Defines Area Of Operations Of ISIS In Afghanistan To Include Pakistani Areas, Shows 22 Taliban Jihadis And 285 Shi'ites Killed In March 2022

Issue four of "Voice of Khurasan" – the English-language monthly magazine published by the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province – includes an infographic that shows the jihadi group's area of operations in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border regions.

 

Article In Issue 4 Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Says: 'The Tawhid [Oneness] Of Allah Can Never Be Implemented On The Face Of The Earth Without Jihad'

A lead article in issue four of "Voice of Khurasan," the English-language monthly magazine published by the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province – dismisses moderate Islamic scholars as "scholars of evil" and criticizes them for befriending non-Muslims and for teaching co-existence between religions.

 

Article In Issue 4 Of ISIS Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Advocates Eternal War Against Polytheists, Says: 'Islam And Kufr [Unbelief] Must Inevitably Contend In Every Place And Time'

A lead article in issue four of "Voice of Khurasan," the English-language monthly magazine published by the Islamic State's (ISIS) Khurasan Province – advocates a never-ending war against mushrikeen ("polytheists") until Islamic rule is established on entire earth.

 

ISIS Supporter Celebrates Sinai Attack, Warns: Group's 'Deterrence Strategy' Will Be Used As Bargaining Chip To Stop Egyptian Army Campaign Against ISIS

On May 9, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel, published a post commenting on the "coordinated attack" claimed by ISIS on May 7 targeting an Egyptian Army military position in the "far west of North Sinai governorate."

 

Newly-Formed Jihadi Group Offers English Translation Services To Other Affiliates, Claims To Have Translated Media Content For Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

On May 9, 2022, a user of the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server who claims to be a spokesman for a newly-formed jihadi group published a post saying his group has been receiving requests from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to translate their content into English.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Emir Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud Declares 12-Day Eid-ul-Fitr Ceasefire Against Pakistan Army, Says: 'Our Jihad Will Continue Until The Pakistani Army And Security Agencies Vacate Our Areas'

On April 29, 2022, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, emir of Pakistani jihadi organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), issued a statement announcing a unilateral 12-day ceasefire against Pakistani military and felicitated people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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