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November 24, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1133

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: November 20 – 27, 2021

November 24, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1133

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: Online ISIS Supporters Celebrate Wisconsin Parade Attack

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) social media users largely celebrated the November 21 vehicular attack on civilians at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that killed at least five and wounded more than 40 others, including children.

 

EXCLUSIVE: In Video Coinciding With Afghan Taliban's Struggle To Win International Legitimacy, Al-Zawahiri Accuses UN Of Promoting Indecency, Aggression Against Muslims

On November 23, 2021, As-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda Central Command, released a video titled "Advice For The United Ummah Concerning The Reality Of The United Nations," which features a speech delivered by the group's top leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Continue To Threaten A 'Comprehensive And Decisive Battle' If U.S. Forces Don't Withdraw From Iraq By The End Of 2021; Begin Recruitment Of Additional Forces

In late November 2021 there was a further escalation in threats from the Iran-backed militias in Iraq against the American forces stationed there and against Israel and Saudi Arabia.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Calls On Muslims In India To Join Jihad In Kashmir, 'Line Up To Defend Against Hindu Mobsters'

On November 18, 2021, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) released a video with Urdu and English subtitles documenting attacks against Muslims and mosques and calling on Muslims in India to take part in jihad in Kashmir and to "line up to defend against Hindu mobsters."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Fatwa Council In Syria: Assad Decision To Abolish Position Of Grand Mufti Is Realization Of Iranian Plan To Alter Syria's Sunni Identity

The November 15, 2021 decision by the Syrian regime, headed by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, to abolish the position of Grand Mufti of the Republic, was met with vociferous criticism from jihadi elements in the country.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iraq's Muqtada Al-Sadr Announces Disbanding His Militia, Calls On Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias To Follow Suit; Hizbullah Brigades Claim Dissolving Some Elements, Say Peshmerga Should Be Next

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

On November 19, 2021, the populist Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr announced he was disbanding the Promised Day Brigade, an armed group under his command, and closing its headquarters.

 

WARNING – GRAPHIC: ISIS Releases Photos Of Attack On Congolese Army Barracks In DRC

On November 22, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a series of five photos documenting an attack carried out by the group's operatives against the "Crusader" Congolese Army, in the Beni region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

 

ISIS Editorial Urges Fighters To Face Hardships With Steadfastness, Rely On Allah; Condemns 'Factions Of Apostacy' For Relying On Western, Eastern Allies For Survival

On November 18, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 313 of its weekly Al-Naba' newspaper, which included an editorial encouraging the group's fighters to face the hardships they encounter with steadfastness and continuous reliance on Allah.

 

Article In Issue 22 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Incites Maldivian Muslims To Jihad: 'Every Muslim Should Avert Humiliation By Preventing Himself From Being In A Hope That Someone Will Come And Strike The Heads Of Kuffar [Unbelievers] For Him'

A poster in Issue 22 of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language monthly Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice Of India"), says the Maldives is part of a polytheistic alliance of governments and urges Maldivian Muslims to join jihad without waiting for someone else come and help them.

 

ISIS Supporter Claims Afghan Taliban Killed Head Of Pro-ISIS Media Group

On November 20, 2021, a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) published a post on the ISIS-run Rocket.Chat server announcing that the Afghan Taliban allegedly killed a pro-ISIS media operative.

 

Issue 22 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Rejects Pakistani Taliban's Talks With Pakistan, Says Peace With Apostates Is Forbidden: '[An] Apostate Is To Be Killed In All The Circumstances'; 'No Amnesty Is Given To Apostates Compared To Real Infidels'

A lead article in Issue 22 of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) English-language monthly Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice Of India"), rejects the recent peace talks between Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (The Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) and the government of Pakistan.

 

Taliban Magazine In Arabic Publishes Transcript Of Voice Message Allegedly Left By Commander Before Death In ISIS Suicide Attack; Message Urges Muslims To Fight ISIS, Claims Members Of Toppled Afghan Government Are Joining ISIS

On November 22, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, or the Afghan Taliban, released Issue 190 of its Arabic-language magazine, which included a transcript of an alleged voice message recorded by Mawlawi Hamdullah Mukhlis, a senior Taliban commander who was killed in the November 2 suicide attack carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS) targeting a military hospital in Kabul.

 

Pro-ISIS Poster Urges Muslims To 'Awaken' And Join In Waging Jihad

On November 18, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group, published a poster beseeching Muslims to "awaken" and wage jihad in defense of Islam and the Caliphate.

 

Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Pro-ISIS Instagram Media Account Shares Propaganda Videos, Promotes Jihad, Eulogizes Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Purports To 'Educate The Masses With The True Identity Of Islam'

An Instagram account disseminates ISIS propaganda, expressing overt ISIS sympathy and promoting jihad. The account, which purports to educate the public about the true Islam, has over 1000 followers

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Claims Attack On Houthis, Eulogizes Two Fighters, Resumes Its Suspended 'From The Mujahideen's Archive' Video Series

On November 22, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed that on November 21 the group's fighters ambushed a foot patrol of Houthis in Al-Bayda' Governorate in Yemen, killing and wounding several.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Leader Batarfi In Part II Of Video Interview: AQAP Is Not In Decline, The U.S. Remains Our Biggest Enemy, All Saudi Muslims Must Protest MBS Reforms

On November 19, 2021, the official outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released the second part of an "exclusive" video interview with the group's leader Khalid Batarfi aka Abu Al-Miqdad Al-Kindi.

 

Slain AQAP Fighter: Arabs Of The Arabian Peninsula Have A Special Duty To Islam, Should Take Part In Jihad In Syria, Yemen, Help Establish The Caliphate

On November 14, 2021, a media foundation affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released the biography of "martyred" AQAP fighters Turki Al-Aklabi, a.k.a. Abu Wai'l, along with a video of the fighter, in which says that the Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula have special responsibility towards Islam, calling on them to take part in jihad and the establishment of the Caliphate.

 

Al-Qaeda-Operated Rocket.Chat Server Moves To New Address

On November 22, 2021, the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server announced that its address has been changed, and shared links to the new site, along with a link to the registration page.

 

Al-Qaeda Supporter: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Imprisoned, Tortured Indian Fighter To Force Confession

On November 17, 2021, a jihadi outlet reported that Ha'yat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a foreign fighter who came to Syria from India, after months spent in HTS' prison, where he was tortured.

 

Al-Shabab Claims Death of Senior Somali Journalist in Mogadishu Suicide Attack

On November 20, 2021, Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), a Somalia-based, Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi organization, claimed responsibility for a suicide attack perpetrated on the same day at the entrance to a restaurant in the capital city of Mogadishu.

 

Syrian Jihadi Cleric: Syrian Rebels' Lack Of A 'Unifying Religious Authority' Is Their 'Biggest Problem'

On November 15, 2021, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree abolishing the position of Mufti of the Republic and delegated the authority previously entrusted to Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun to a 44-person Council of Jurisprudence Scholars consisting of 11 Sunnis and 13 Shi'ites, as well as Ismailis, Druze, and Alawis.

 

Review of Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Website in Uyghur and Arabic Languages

The media wing of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) launched a new website in May 2021 after the previous website launched in February 2019 became inactive.

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) In Syria Releases Instructional Video For Handling Weapons While Injured

On November 18, 2021, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), an Uyghur jihadi group active in Syria, released a video featuring a fighter speaking in the Uyghur language and demonstrating ways to handle and use a machine gun while injured.

 

In Ongoing Disinformation Campaign, Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Circulate 'Analytical Assessment' Casting Doubt On Al-Kadhimi Assassination Attempt

On November 13, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published an "analytical report" produced by its "soft intelligence team" regarding the November 7, 2021 drone attack that targeted the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

 

Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias Threaten To Attack Any U.S. Forces Remaining In Iraq Past 2021

On November 19, 2021, an umbrella group comprising Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militias issued a statement pledging to take up arms against any U.S. forces remaining in the country after 2021, based on the agreed-upon timetable for the withdrawal.

 

Iranian-Backed Militia: Despite Increased Security We Attacked U.S. Convoy In Southern Iraq; Refrained From Claiming Previous Attacks So Iraqi Security Officers Could Save Face

On November 19, 2021, an Iran-backed Shi'ite militia issued a statement on its Telegram channel in which it claims responsibility for an attack on an American forces' logistic support convoy in southern Iraq.

 

On His Facebook Page, Hamas Member Who Perpetrated Deadly Shooting In Jerusalem Glorified Bin Laden's Mentor 'Abdallah 'Azzam

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

Sheikh Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, the terrorist who shot one Israeli dead and wounded four others in a November 21, 2021 terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, was a member of Hamas. Immediately after the attack, Hamas claimed responsibility for it, issuing a number of statements in which it acknowledged that Abu Shkhaydam was a senior movement member and announced that it was "ushering the martyred hero [Abu Shkhaydam] to his wedding."

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