November 23, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1274

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: November 19-26, 2022

November 23, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1274

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: Jihadi Clerics In Syria And Gaza Praise The Return Of 'The Jihadi Actions In Palestine' Similar To Those Of Twenty Years Ago; In The Spirit Of The World Cup, They Liken Them To Goals Scored Against The 'Zionists'

On November 23, 2022, in twin terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, an IED exploded at a bus stop near the entrance to the city and a half hour later a second IED exploded at another bus stop a short distance away. A 16-year-old was killed and as of this writing another 22 people were wounded in the two attacks.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Central Command Declares FIFA World Cup 'Pornographic Cultural Invasion' Of Muslim Lands, Defining Ousting The Polytheists From The Arabian Peninsula As A 'Jihadi Commandment'

On November 20, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda Central Command (AQC) published an official statement on the occasion of the opening of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The five-page statement refers to the games as a "cultural invasion" and a "destructive ideological war," which threaten Islam and the future of the Islamic nation in the Arabian Peninsula.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Yemen Calls On Muslims To Boycott World Cup: It Promotes Homosexuality And Alcohol Use, Sows Division In Muslim Ummah

In a November 19, 2022 statement, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) criticized Qatar for its hosting of the FIFA World Cup set to kick off on November 20.


EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Outlets Linked To Iraqi Militias Politicize England-Iran FIFA World Cup Match, Blame Iran's Defeat On Sanctions, Question Iranian Players' Loyalty, Ridicule England's Win

On November 21, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published posts expressing their support for Iran's national soccer team in its match against England, which took place that day as part of the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Outlet: Soccer Tournament Inspired By FIFA World Cup In HTS-Run Idlib Encourages Youth To Represent 'Crusader' Nations

On November 16, 2022, a Telegram channel affiliated with several Idlib-based jihadi clerics who oppose Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), shared a poster promoting the "[Refugee] Camps World Cup," a local soccer tournament which is set to mimic the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.


Islamic State (ISIS) In Mozambique Issues Ultimatum To Local 'Jews And Christians': Convert To Islam, Pay Jizyah, Or Be Killed

On November 22, 2022, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Bariqah News Agency posted an image showing a one-page leaflet in Swahili which the organization's fighters in Mozambique reportedly hand-distributed to locals.


ISIS Supporters Hail Stabber Of Policeman In Grozny As Martyr, Claim He Encouraged Lone Wolves To Target ISIS Enemies

On the morning of November 21, 2022, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's Muslim-majority Chechen Republic, reported that a man stabbed a traffic policeman to death in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, after the policeman had gone to perform pre-prayer ablutions.


Iran's News Agency Circulates Alleged Statement By ISIS On Attack In Izeh, Iran

On November 16, 2022, several Iranian media outlets cited a news report circulated by the Iranian state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) which included a statement attributed to the Islamic State (ISIS), alleging that the group has claimed responsibility for a deadly shooting that took place on Wednesday, November 16, in Izeh, Khuzestan Province.


ISIS In Mozambique Attacks Joint Mozambican-Tanzanian Army Patrol; Pro-ISIS Media Group: Regional Armies Have Failed To Counter ISIS Expansion, Save Christians

On November 18, 2022, the ISIS issued a claim reporting that on November 15, the organization's fighters ambushed a joint patrol of the Mozambican and Tanzanian armies traveling between the Nangade and Palma districts of Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.


Islamic State Sahel Province Claims Killing 80 'Al-Qaeda Militia' Operatives Near Mali-Burkina Faso Border

On November 20, 2022, the ISIS Sahel Province claimed that on November 18, 2022, its fighters clashed with "Al-Qaeda militia" operatives, most likely referring to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), killing approximately 80 of them.


ISIS Weekly Editorial Lauds Group's Expansion In Mozambique

On November 17, 2022, the ISIS released Issue 365 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue's feature article, titled "Mozambique and the Blessings of the Caliphate," lauded the group's expansion into the southeastern African country.


Issue 17 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Accuses Hamas, Afghan Taliban Of Working For Iran And U.S., Eulogizes Indian Jihadi Fighter, Says: 'Infidels... Use The Palestine Issue As A Sleeping Pill For The Muslims For Taking Their Attention Away From The Actual Problems Of The Ummah'

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The latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Foundation, the media arm of the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), eulogizes the slain Indian jihadi fighter Abu Khalid al-Hindi, condemns Egyptian Islamic scholar Yusuf Al-Qaradawi for digressing from shari'a and for supporting the regimes in Qatar and Turkey, and is sharply critical of Hamas, the Afghan Taliban, and the Muslim Brotherhood, all of whom, the magazine declares, are working for Iran and the U.S.


Third Issue Of 'Arkan' Magazine Published By ISIS Affiliate In Myanmar Appeals To Muslims To Support Rohingya Jihad, Establish ISIS 'Wilayah Arakan'

On November 18, 2022, the media outlet of Myanmar-based ISIS affiliate Katiba Al-Mahdi fi Bilad Al-Arakan released the 23-page third issue of its English-language magazine.


In Statement, Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Yemen Warns Local Tribes Not To Collaborate With Foreign Forces In The Country

On November 11, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a three-page statement titled "Statement of Clarification to the Honorable Tribes of Yemen of Faith and Wisdom."


Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Sahel Claims Responsibility For Rare Attack On Togolese Armed Forces

On November 19, 2022, an Al-Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility for a November 17 attack on members of the Togolese Armed Forces stationed on the Togo-Burkina Faso border.


On Twitter, IRGC Commander Threatens Iranian Kurdish Opposition In Iraq's Kurdistan: Vacate Your Bases In Iraq Or Get Ready For More Attacks

On November 21, 2022, a media outlet based in northern Iraq, reported that at least seven Iranian missiles and drones targeted the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) near Erbil on November 20.


Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq Militia Rejects Violations Of Iraqi Sovereignty, Asserts Role Of Islamic Resistance Factions In Light Of Iraqi Armed Forces' Ineffectiveness

On November 20, 2022, Qais Al-Khazali, the Secretary-General of the Iran-backed Iraqi militia Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, granted a filmed interview to the Iraqi Media Network in which he discussed recent attacks by Turkey and Iran on Kurdish and Iranian opposition elements on Iraqi territory.


Iran-Backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Honor Female Students In Baghdad For Singing Iran's 'Salam Farmande' Instead Of Iraqi National Anthem

On November 11, an Iraqi satellite television channel based in Amman, Jordan, reported that students in a girls' school in Baghdad, during their weekly Iraqi flag-raising ceremony performed the Arabic version of Salam Farmande ("Hello Commander"), a Persian song promoted by the Iranian regime, in which children pledge allegiance the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian regime.


Saudi Television Channel: Hizbullah Transferred Chemical Missiles To Syria-Lebanon Border, Plans To Bring Them Into Lebanon

On November 20, 2022, the Al-Hadath television channel, owned by Saudi Arabia, which opposes Hizbullah, reported that this organization has transferred missiles with chemical warheads from depots in the area of Hama, Syria, to depots on the Lebanese border.


Houthi Ansar Allah Movement: We Acted Against Oil Tankers At Al-Dhabba And Qana Ports

On November 21, 2022, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement announced that once again it had acted against an oil tanker which it claims was attempting "to steal" Yemen's oil resources, at the Al-Dhabba port, in the Hadhramaut Governorate, which is controlled by the internationally recognized Yemen government.


Article On Afghan Taliban's Urdu-Language Website Accuses West Of Double Standard For Free Speech, Criticizes Twitter For Suspending Accounts Celebrating Suicide Bombers

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An article published recently on the Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) accused the West of applying a double standard to free speech by blocking pro-Taliban Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Video Accuses Pakistani Judiciary Of Bias And Corruption: 'This [Judicial] System Can Give You Nothing; It Will Show Your Inferiority, Will Humiliate You'

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan  (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has released the second video in its "Zer-e-Nazar [Under Review]" series, accusing Pakistani courts and judges of digressing from Islam's system of justice and of being partial, biased, and corrupt.

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