November 17, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1415

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: November 11-18, 2023

November 17, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1415

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: Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Publishes Special Issue Of Its Urdu-Language Journal 'Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind' On Hamas's October 7 Attack, Calls For Universal Mobilization Of Muslims: 'Those Who Can Get Explosives Or Biological Weapons, Use Them – Those Who Can Use Knife Or Kalashnikov, Attack The Unbelievers'; 'The Entire World Is The Battlefield... No Israeli, No American, No European And Non-European Zionist Is Safe'

On November 9, 2023, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) released the latest issue of its Urdu-language magazine Nawai Ghazwa-e-Hind ("The Voice of the Battle of India"), which is devoted to "Al-Aqsa Storm" and has 35 statements and articles discussing the implications of the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel.


EXCLUSIVE: Article By Mauritanian Writer In UK-Based 'Rai Al-Youm' Daily Urges Arabs To Participate In 'Battle' To Support Gaza By Attacking Western Embassies, Burning Western Companies' Headquarters

On November 8, 2023, the Rai Al-Youm online daily, whose chief editor is British-Palestinian Journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, the former editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi, published an article titled "O Men of the Ummah [Islamic Nation]: What Are You Waiting For? Our Battle Is Calling You and History Has No Mercy!"


EXCLUSIVE: Senior AQIM Operative: Hamas's October 7 Invasion Of Israel Resembles 9/11, Is "The First Tidings Of Victory"; Jihad Against The Zionists, The Jews, Arab Rulers, And Western Interests In North Africa Is A Personal Obligation

On November 11, 2023, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) published a 39-minute-long video titled "Al-Aqsa F­­lood Is More Powerful Than the Jews," which contains an audio message from senior AQIM operative Abu Yasir Al-Jaza'iri.


EXCLUSIVE: Prominent Islamic State (ISIS) Supporter Calls To Support Muslims In Gaza By Indiscriminately Killing Jews, Christians Worldwide

On November 10-11, 2023, a prominent Islamic State (ISIS) supporter published posts on Telegram calling on Muslims to kill Jews and Christians indiscriminately, against the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war.


EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Militias From Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, And Yemen Reportedly Met In Tehran In Summer 2023 To Establish 'Joint Operations Chamber' To Confront U.S., Israel On Regional Level


On November 7, 2023, a U.K-based media outlet reported that factions of the Iran-led Axis of Resistance met in Tehran in early summer 2023 to establish a joint operations chamber to counter Israel and the U.S. on the regional level.


EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Telegram Channel Reports 500 Truckloads Of Weapons, Ammunition Sent From Iran To Syria Through Iraq Since Beginning Of Israel-Hamas War

On November 10, 2023, a Telegram channel that covers news from Iraq and particularly its Al-Anbar governorate, published a post claiming that "exclusive sources" reported to the "Iraq Eye" Facebook page that since Hamas' October 7 surprise attack on Israel, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has brought more than 500 truckloads of weapons and ammunition into Iraq.


Palestinian Pro-Hamas Cleric: October 7 Attack Justified Due To: 'Unprecedented’' Israeli Attack On Al-Aqsa; 'Unbearable' Distress Of Palestinian Prisoners In Israel; Information About Israeli Intention To Deal 'Decisive Blow' To Gaza Strip

On November 6, 2023, A jihadi magazine released its fourth issue on its Telegram channel.


Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Editorial: War On Gaza Is Another Episode In The Jewish-Christian War On Islam

On November 10, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 416 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba' which featured an editorial titled: "Until They Turn You Away From Your Religion."


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Releases Poster Inciting Muslims To Cross Borders To Gaza

On November 9, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster inciting Muslims in countries neighboring Israel to breach the security measures placed by their local governments to cross borders to Gaza in support of Palestinians.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-Language Telegram Channels Continue To Fundraise For Gaza, Deem Hamas Un-Islamic Group Causing Gazan Children To Die In Vain

On November 13, 2023, an English-language preaching channel on Telegram affiliated with Michigan-based pro-Islamic State (ISIS) cleric Ahmad Musa Jibril, shared a video showing a child in Gaza trying to fill a water bottle from a tank that has run dry, along with the text: "No water, no food, fear everywhere."


Video By Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Details 'Practical Plan' To Participate In Fight Against Israel, Calls On Palestinians To Equip Themselves With Explosive Belts 'Missing From Combat Scene'

On November 14, 2023, an unofficial media outlet supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) released a 3-minute video titled "Practical Steps To Fight the Jews," inciting attacks against Israeli and Western embassies worldwide and targeting Israel's immediate neighbors which "stifle Palestine."


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Outlet Releases Video Calling For Jihad Against Jews Until Jerusalem Is 'Liberated'

On November 14, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a video titled "Messages to Our People in Jerusalem: Horrify Them With Car Bombs."


After Riyadh Summit, Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlets Mock Arab Rulers' Reactions To Gaza

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlets have seized on Arab and Muslim leaders' reactions to Hamas's surprise assault across southern Israel on October 7, 2023.


Islamic State (ISIS) Syria Province Claims Killing More Than 24 Soldiers, Pro-Government Militia In Attack On Barracks In Syrian Desert

On November 10, 2023, the A'maq News Agency, an official Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet, published a statement claiming that the organization's operatives killed 24 members of the Syrian army and pro-regime National Defense Forces (NDF) militia, and wounded others, in a "violent attack" on two barracks in the eastern Homs governorate.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Blast Partially Demolishing Somali President's Residence, Two Days After Suicide Bombing Killing And Wounding 23 Government Militiamen In Mogadishu

On the morning of November 15, 2023, the Shahada News Agency, an official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), published a claim reporting that the group's fighters had just detonated an explosion at the residence of Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, partially destroying the building, from which the president was absent at the time.


Al-Qaeda Supporter Calls To Blow Up Israel's Ashdod Port

On November 12, 2023, an Al-Qaeda supporter posted a one-minute, two-second-long video on his Telegram channel documenting soldiers and civilians working at the Ashdod port in southern Israel.


Iran-Based Al-Qaeda-Linked Jaish Al-Adl Claims Velayat-e Faqih 'Seditious' Response To Hamas-Israel War Led To Massacre Of Palestinians, Calls On Muslims To Put An End To 'Criminal' Regime's Massive Conspiracy

On October 18, 2023, the official outlet of a Sunni Salafi jihadi group that operates mainly in southeastern Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan provinces, released a statement condemning the Israeli army's "brutal" military response to the October 7 Hamas attack, and expressing support for Gaza and Palestinians.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Government Auctioned Paintings In Idlib With Proceeds Allocated To Gaza

On November 8, 2023, the House of Culture and Knowledge of the Department of Political Affairs of the Syrian Salvation Government, backed by Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), launched the 2023 edition, in Idlib, of the Exhibition for Arts and Crafts.


Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Reportedly Transporting Weapons, Ammunition To Syria Via Russian-Controlled Airports In The Country

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On November 9, 2023, a Syrian opposition newspaper reported that an Iranian Ilyushin cargo plane landed in Syria's Khmeimim airbase, which is used by Russian forces, to deliver unidentified cargo.


Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Publishes Videos Of Affiliated Syria-Based 'Brigade For Liberation Of Golan'; Hoists 'Israel Will Be Removed' Banner, Repeats Leader's Vow To Liberate Golan Heights As 'Real Goal'

On November 9, 2023, a Telegram channel that is the official platform of the Media Warfare Unit of Iraq's Al-Nujaba' Movement militia, published videos of the group's fighters positioned on the border with Israel, preparing for "zero hour," according to the militia's spokesman, whose statement continued, stating that the liberation of the Golan Heights is the "real goal" of the Iran-led "Islamic Resistance."


Iran-Backed 'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' Claims Drone Attack On U.S. Base In Syria

On November 10, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, issued a statement claiming a drone attack targeting a base in Syria which houses the U.S. forces.


Syrian Opposition Websites: Hizbullah And Iran-Backed Militias Augment Forces And Redeploy In Northeast Syria In Response To Military Escalation With U.S., Global Coalition Forces

Between November 12-13, 2023, two Syrian opposition websites posted a series of current reports about the increase in military activity by Hizbullah and the Iran-backed militias in northeast Syria.


Syrian Opposition Website: More Than 700 Elite Forces Trained By Hizbullah And Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Now Control Syrian Border With Israel

On November 12, 2023, the Syrian opposition-affiliated Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Nukhbah [Elite] forces, some of whom were trained by Lebanese Hizbullah and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have assumed "complete control" of the areas of southern Syria near the border with the Israel-controlled Golan Heights, including the Quneitra governorate, the western part of Rif Dimashq governorate, and parts of western Daraa governorate.


Syrian Opposition Websites: Iran-Backed Militias Change Locations Of Weapons Depots In Eastern Syria; Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Reinforces Troops In Syrian Desert

On November 15, 2023, a Syrian pro-opposition website quoted "exclusive sources" stating that that morning, Iran-backed militias in Syria transferred large quantities of weapons and ammunition to a new depot in Al-Mayadin, east of Deir Al-Zour.


Syrian Opposition Websites: Russia Prevented Syrian Army From Attacking Israel; Curbed Operations Of Iran-Backed Militias From Russian-Controlled Territory Against Global Coalition

In mid-November, Syrian opposition-affiliated media sources reported on a two-pronged Russian effort – to restrain the Syrian Armed Forces to prevent them from attacking Israel from Syrian territory, and to prevent the Iran-backed militias operating in Syria from attacking bases of the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) from the areas under Russian control in the northeast of the country.


Arabic News Report: Jordan Preparing For Escalation Of Regional Conflict By Designating Israeli Border Closed Military Zone, Activating Air Defenses

On November 15, 2023, a London-based online daily published an "exclusive" report by its Washington, D.C. correspondent, claiming that Jordan is making preparations for a potential escalation of the conflict in the region due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.


Syrian Opposition Websites Report New Hizbullah Weapons Depots, Supervision Of Military Exercises Of Iran-Backed Militias In Deir Al-Zour

On November 11, 2023, a Syrian pro-opposition website published an article revealing new weapons depots of the Lebanese Hizbullah, near the Al-Jourah bridge on the banks of the Euphrates River, in Deir Al-Zour city in eastern Syria.


Iran-Backed 'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' Claims Three Separate Attacks On U.S. Base In Anbar; Affiliated Telegram Outlets Post Video Showing Explosions In Harir Base After Second Drone Attack

On November 9, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, issued a statement claiming three separate attacks, all targeting a base in western Iraq which houses U.S. forces.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Missile Attack On U.S. Base In Oil Field In Eastern Syria

On November 14, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed joint operations group of Iraqi militias, released a statement on Telegram claiming responsibility for a missile attack against a U.S. military base at the Conoco gas and oil field in Syria's Deir Al-Zour governorate.


Iran-Backed Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Drone Attack On U.S. Base In Syria

The Iran-backed "Islamic Resistance in Iraq" claimed on November 13, 2023, a drone attack on a U.S. base in "the Green Village" in Syria.


Islamic Resistance In Iraq Claims Attacking U.S. Bases In Iraq, Syria, Israeli City Of Eilat; New Unknown Group 'SWAT Of The Arabian Peninsula' Claims Attacking Eilat With Two Suicide Drones

On November 11, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, issued a statement claiming that its forces targeted the Rumaylan base of the "American occupation," in northeastern Syria's Al-Hasakah governorate, with two drones, alleging that they "directly hit their targets."


Iran-Backed 'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' Claims Two Drone Attacks Against U.S. Bases In Eastern Syria, Announces New Short-Range 'Sarim' Missile

On November 14, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed joint operations group of Iraqi militias, released a statement on Telegram claiming responsibility for a drone attack against a U.S. barracks in the Al-Omar oil field in Syria, southeast of Deir Al-Zour.


Leader Of Iran-Backed Al-Nujaba' Movement Celebrates Alleged November 11 Attack On Eilat By Islamic Resistance In Iraq

Akram Al-Kaabi, the Secretary General of Iran-backed Al-Nujaba' Movement in Iraq, released on November 13, a statement on X (formerly Twitter) congratulating the Islamic Resistance in Iraq for their November 11 attack that targeted Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, in support of the people in Gaza.


Political Chief Of Iran-Backed Al-Nujaba Movement: Iraqi Resistance Attacks On U.S. Forces In The Region Will Continue Until War On Gaza Ends, U.S. Intervention In Support Of Israel Will Fail, Resistance Will Continue Support Of Palestine Until Its 'Complete Liberation'

On November 13, 2023, the official website of the Iran-backed Iraqi militia Al-Nujaba Movement published the transcript of an interview given by Ali Al-Asadi, chairman of Al-Nujaba's political council, to Iran, the official daily newspaper of the Iranian government.


Islamic Resistance in Iraq Claims Rocket Attack On U.S. Ayn Al-Assad Airbase In Western Iraq

On November 15, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on Ayn Al-Assad airbase, in Iraq's western Al-Anbar Governorate, where U.S. forces are stationed.


Hizbullah Leader Hassan Nasrallah Praises Hamas Attack As Parallel To 1982 Tyre Suicide Operation In South Lebanon; Claims To Have Sent Drones Into North Israel

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>On November 11, 2023, the Secretary-General of Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a televised speech to mark "Martyrs' Day," an annual event organized Hizbullah to honor the fighters who have been killed over the years in confrontations with Israel.


Hizbullah Responds To Criticism Of Nasrallah's November 11 Speech By Releasing A Song Praising Him, Authored By His Son

On November 12, Al-Khandiq, a news website linked to the Lebanese Hizbullah, posted a video on its Telegram channel that featured a song glorifying Hizbullah's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. The video follows his speech on the group's "Martyr's Day" in which he reiterated his support for Hamas and highlighted Hizbullah's participation in the war.


Lebanese Daily: Hundreds Of Hizbullah-Allied Amal Movement Operatives Deployed On Lebanon-Israel Border, Carrying Out Attacks On Israel

On November 11, 2023, Lebanon's Shi'ite Amal Movement announced that one of its operatives, 'Ali Jamil Al-Hajj Dawoud, had been targeted in an act of "direct aggression by the oppressive Israeli enemy" in the Rab El Thalathine village of southern Lebanon, leading to his "martyrdom" and the injury of two other "mujahideen."


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Claimed Missile And Drone Attacks On ‘Israeli Enemy;’ Threatened More ‘In Palestine Or Beyond,’ Especially On Israeli Vessels In Red Sea Or ‘Every Place We Can Reach’

On November 14, 2023, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement armed forces claimed responsibility for firing drones and missiles at Israel on October 13 and 14, and threatened to continue its attacks, especially on Israeli vessels in the Red Sea or "in every place we can reach."


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Tells 'Al-Akhbar' Daily: We Will Escalate Attacks On Israel; We Will Use Unconventional Weapons

Following the outbreak of war between Israel and the Palestinian factions headed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, after the merciless attack perpetrated on army bases and communities in Israel on October 7, 2023, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement has carried out several attacks against Israel, mainly targeting the city of Eilat, in the south of the country.


In Pashtu-Language Statement, Hizbut Tahrir Afghanistan Exhorts Afghan Taliban Mujahideen To Join Gaza War: 'Oh Mujahideen Of The Islamic Emirate! Jihad Is The Only Way To Liberate Palestine!'

On October 31, 2023, Hizbut Tahrir Afghanistan tweeted a Pashtu-language statement calling on Muslims to wage jihad in support of Hamas against Israel and urging the Afghan Taliban government to organize its troops and liberate the occupied Palestinian territories from Jews.

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