November 20, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1129

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: November 13 – 20, 2021

November 20, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1129

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: Hizbullah Is Running A Drug Industry In Syria With The Knowledge And Collaboration Of The Regime, According To Syrian Opposition Websites

By: N. Mozes

In recent years, the manufacturing, trade and use of drugs in war-torn Syria, whether in areas controlled by anti-state armed groups or those under the Syrian regime's control, has surged to a new level and it seems that Syria has turned into a point of departure for enormous drug shipments, especially Captagon.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Leader Batarfi In Part I Of New Video Interview: The Taliban's Victory Belongs To The Entire Ummah; Criticizes Hamas And PIJ For Collaborating With Iran; Claims The West Empowers The Houthis, Some Groups Hinder AQAP's Fight Against The Houthis

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On November 13, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video featuring an exclusive interview with the group's leader discussing the latest developments in the region, including the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal.


EXCLUSIVE: Celebrating Liverpool Explosion, Pro-ISIS Telegram Group: This Proves That Anyone, Anywhere Can Build A Bomb To Attack 'Crusaders'

On November 15, 2021, supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) published posts on Telegram celebrating the explosion outside Liverpool Women's Hospital on November 14, speculating that it was a jihadi attack carried out by a lone wolf.


EXCLUSIVE: Former Islamic State (ISIS) 'Finance Minister' Reveals Details Of ISIS Financial and Organizational Structure

An article about the arrest and confession of a man who was allegedly the former finance minister of the Islamic State (ISIS) and a deputy to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, was featured on the front page of an Iraqi monthly magazine published online on November 14, 2021.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Shabab Claims Attack On Military Headquarters In Southwestern Somalia Where U.S. Officers Were Allegedly Present

On November 16, 2021, an Al-Shabab-affiliated news agency reported that Al-Shabab fighters shelled government headquarters southwest Somalia, where American officers were allegedly present.


Exclusive: Syrian Jihadi Cleric Launches, Then Suspends Fundraising Campaign For Idlib-Based Fighters; Receives Donations From Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, And Germany

On November 11, 2021, a Syrian jihadi cleric published several posts on Telegram announcing the launch of a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting fighters on the front lines by giving each 100 Turkish Liras.


ISIS Weekly Al-Naba' Justifies Terrorism, Explains Why It 'Effectively Frightens The West And The Jews'

On November 11, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released the group's weekly publication which featured an editorial titled "Why Does the Caliphate Frighten Them!"


Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Attack On Syrian Armed Forces Vehicle In Southern Syria, After Five-Month Lull

On November 14, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) reported that on November 8 its operatives detonated an IED on a Syrian Armed Forces vehicle, on a road in southern Syria.


Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Responsibility For Three Attacks On Military Targets In Mozambique Within A Few Hours

On November 10, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for three operations in northeastern Mozambique in which it reported that a soldier, and a "spy" for the Mozambique Armed Defense Forces, were killed, and that weapons and ammunition were seized from the army.


As Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Continues Its Attacks In Northeastern Mozambique, ISIS Al-Naba' Weekly Details Four Months Of Guerilla Warfare Against African Coalition Forces

Over the course of November 12-13, 2021, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for five attacks in the Cabo Delgado Province in northeastern Mozambique, and the deaths of 16 Mozambican soldiers and alleged spies in clashes with the army and raids on local villages.


Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Responsibility For Deaths Of 17 Nigerian Soldiers, Including Brigadier General

On November 14, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) reported that on the previous day its operatives attacked a town in Borno State, Nigeria, and that in the exchanges of fire with the forces stationed at the outpost and with the reinforcements that arrived.


ISIS Claims Twin Suicide Attacks In Kampala, Uganda

On November 16, 2021, the media arm of the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement claiming responsibility for twin suicide attacks in Kampala, Uganda, claiming that more than 30 Ugandan police officers and Christians were killed and wounded in the "martyrdom operation."


Following Rise In Attacks In Somalia, ISIS Releases Photos Of Recruits Training In Camp Named After Slain Sahel Leader

On November 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a photoset documenting its operatives in Somalia attending a training camp named after the slain leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).


Pro-ISIS Outlets Celebrate 'A Fertile Ummah' Following Release Of Photos Showing Somali Recruits At Military Camp Named After Slain Leader Al-Sahrawi

On November 16, 2021, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlets released posters celebrating photos released by ISIS's central media, showing operatives in a training camp operated by ISIS's Somalia Province.


Islamic State (ISIS) Releases Photographs Of Attack On Christian Village In DRC

On November 16, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a picture set documenting an attack perpetrated by its operatives against the "Crusader Congo Army" on November 11, 2021, in one of the Christian villages in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Poster Says: 'America, Die In Your Rage'

On November 15, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (SIS) media outlet continued to make threats against the United States in anticipation of the Christmas season.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Group Releases Poster Showing Armed ISIS Fighter At Manhattan Bridge in NYC

On November 12, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group released a poster showing an armed ISIS fighter facing the Manhattan Bridge in New York City and the Arabic text: "The land will be ruled by Allah's shari'a sooner or later, with Allah's permission."


Pro-ISIS Posters Incite Muslims To Carry Out Lone Wolf Attacks In France

On November 15, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released two posters inciting its supporters to carry out attacks in France.


Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Outlet Continues To Incite Against Morocco

On November 15, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster urging Muslims to focus their attention on what is happening in Morocco and, in a reference to the local security services, to devise creative ways "to cut off the head of the viper."


Pro-ISIS Poster Glorifies Recent Attacks In Mozambique, West Africa

On November 16, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet published a poster celebrating recent attacks in Mozambique and West Africa.


Al-Shabab Claims Mogadishu Suicide Attack Targeting Vehicle Of Two U.S. Officers

On November 11, 2021, a jihadi outlet claimed that an operative of Al-Qaeda's Somalian affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), carried out an SVBIED attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, targeting "American officers."


Indian Al-Qaeda Magazine Editorial Calls On Muslims To Rise Against 'Falsehood'

The editorial in the latest issue of an Indian jihadi magazine focuses on the life of Prophet Muhammad, his message, and the unbelievers' opposition to him.


Canada-Based Pro-Al-Qaeda Cleric Calls For The Killing Of Liberal Saudi Journalist For Insulting Prophet Muhammad

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On November 14, 2021, Canada-based pro-Al-Qaeda cleric Tariq Abdelhaleem published a post on Telegram, calling on Muslims to put an end to the life of Saudi journalist Turki Al-Hamad, whom he accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad.


Al-Qaeda Supporters, Other Jihadis Call For Killing U.S.-Based Egyptian-Born Priest Over Anti-Islam Remarks

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Over the past two days, Muslim social media users condemned what they deemed to be "defamatory" remarks against the Prophet Muhammad made by Zakaria Botros, a Coptic Christian priest who has been an outspoken critic of Islam for years.


Article In Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Salvation Government Weekly Asserts That Visit By UAE Foreign Minister To Syria Is Intended To Stop Israeli Bombing Of Regime-Controlled Areas

The newest issue of a weekly published by the Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-backed Salvation Government in Idlib, released on November 12, 2021, included an article titled "Bin Zayed and Al-Assad, [Moving] From [A] Secret [Relationship] To [A] Public [One]."


Turkestan Islamic Party in Syria (TIP) Posts Photos From The 16th Conference Of The Organization's Military Council

On November 14, 2021, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), an Uyghur jihadi group fighting in Syria, posted photos and an approximately 8-minute long video in the Uyghur language on the group's Syria-based media arm.


Syrian Jihadi Writer Equates Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) With Islamic State (ISIS) Due To HTS Treatment Of Foreign Fighters

The November 11, 2021 issue of a monthly jihadi magazine based in Idlib, Syria, includes an article titled, "Is It So That Allah's Word Will Be Superior?" The article asserts that recent Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) military operations against independent foreign jihadi fighters in Idlib liken it to the Islamic State (ISIS).


Anti-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram Channel Forced To Close After HTS Threatens Former Employee

On November 16, 2021, several Syria-based, anti-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channels shared a message from the team which operates an anti-HTS Telegram channel which states that the channel is compelled to close down following an HTS threat against one of its former supervisors.


Accusing Australian Authorities Of 'Inciting Islamophobic Attacks,' Pro-ISIS British Preacher Demands Release Of Cleric Convicted Of Terrorism Charges

On November 16, 2021, a British pro-Islamic State (ISIS) jihadi preacher published a press release on his Telegram channel, organizing a new Twitter campaign aimed at freeing a man currently serving an Australian custodial sentence of 15 years for being a leader and a member of a terrorist organization.


Taliban States They Wiped Out Islamic State (ISIS) Cell In Kabul Planning Attacks Against Civilians

On November 18, 2021, the official Twitter account of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban) reported that on November 17, 2021, the Emirate's Special Forces uncovered a "Khawarij Daesh [both are derogatory terms for the Islamic State (ISIS)]" cell in the Qala-e-Murad Bek area in the Shakar Dara District of the capital city of Kabul, and killed all its members, several of whom were armed with weapons and explosives."


Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Agrees To Month-Long Ceasefire With Pakistan Government To Facilitate Negotiations Being Mediated By Afghan Taliban

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) – a jihadi organization seeking to establish shari'a rule in Pakistan on the lines of the shari'a state being implemented by the Afghan Taliban jihadi organization in Afghanistan – has agreed to an interim ceasefire to facilitate the start of peace talks with the government of Pakistan.

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