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October 19, 2023 Special Announcements No. 1405

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: October 14-21, 2023

October 19, 2023
Special Announcements No. 1405

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 jttmsubs@memri.org with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda General Command: Hamas Attack Is 'Major Shift In The Path Of Global Jihad'; 'The Coming Flood Of Islamic Heroes Will Make The Zionists And Crusaders Forget The Horrors' Of 9/11 And Will 'Shake The Ground Beneath The American Bases, Airports, And Embassies In Our Islamic Region'; 'Target The Crusader Battleships That Sail In The Seas Of The Muslims'

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On October 13, 2023, Al-Sahab, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda General Command, released a three-page statement celebrating the Hamas October 7 attack as a "blessed battle" that has changed the course of jihad and the "rules of combat." Israel's "encroachment" on Al-Aqsa, it said, makes it certain that "the coming flood of Islamic heroes will make the Zionists and the Crusaders forget the horrors" of 9/11.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Against Backdrop Of Israel-Hamas War, Al-Qaeda Supporter Publishes Posters Calling To Kill Jews All Over The World; Burn Their Houses, Stores, Barracks; Boycott All 'Zionist-Crusader' Products And Companies

Between October 12-17, 2023, a prolific Al-Qaeda supporter shared a sequence of three posters on the Al-Qada-operated Rocket.Chat server calling for lone wolf attacks against Jews and Israeli interests, and uprisings against regimes of Islamic countries, in order to support jihad against Israel following Hamas' October 7 Al-Aqsa Flood attack.

 

EXCLUSIVE: In Video, Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades Unveils New Anti-Armor, Tandem-Charge 'Al-Yasin' Projectile, Posts Footage Of Attack On Merkava Tank During Hamas October 7 Attack

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On October 14, 2023, Hamas's military wing, the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, posted a one-minute 18-second clip showing what it said was a new anti-armor projectile called "Al-Yasin," and how it was used. It said that the high-destructive capacity projectile had entered service for the first time during the October 7 Hamas large-scale offensive.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Against Backdrop Of Israel-Hamas War, Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Quotes Sayf Al-'Adl Calling To Assassinate Gulf Rulers And Carry Out Operations Against Jews

On October 16, 2023, a pro-Al-Qaeda " channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server published a poster showing the president of Israel, Isaac Herzog, and Mohamed Bin Zayed (MBZ), the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), backgrounded by a militant holding a gun. The poster's text features a quote by senior Al-Qaeda leader Sayf Al-'Adl.

 

EXCLUSIVE: From Southern Lebanon, Iran-Backed Iraqi Commander Threatens Israel: 'If The Orders Come... Israel Will Be Ground Into Dust'

On October 15, 2023, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq, posted a video allegedly showing a commander in Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on Lebanon's southern border with Israel.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Leader Of Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Publicizes Alleged Visit To Israeli Border Following Statements Glorifying Martyrs

On October 15, 2023, a Telegram channel associated with the Secretary-General of the Iraqi Iran-backed Sayyid Al-Shuhada Brigades posted photos of him standing on what the channel identified as a portion of the border with Israel.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Militia Declares Readiness To Fight U.S., UK, Israel At Orders Of Iranian Leader; Threatens U.S. Embassy In Baghdad; Claims Coordination With Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades

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On October 11, 2023, an Iran-backed Iraqi group calling itself "The Islamic Resistance - Uli Al-Ba's Al-Shadid" (based on Quran 17:5—"Those of Great Might"), published a statement on its Telegram channel claiming that its fighters are preparing, in keeping with the orders of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, to attack the interests of the U.S., UK, and Israel if those countries intervene in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Organization: Iranian Cargo Plane Linked To The IRGC Has Landed At Russia's Khmeimim Air Base In Syria

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The Syrian opposition organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in the UK, reported on October 15, 2023 that an Iranian cargo plane linked to Mahan Air airlines which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has landed at Russia's Khmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast instead of at the Aleppo international airport where activity was stopped following the October 14 Israeli attack on it. This is the first time an Iranian plane has landed at the Russian base.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Commenting On Murder Of Palestinian Boy In Chicago, Shooting Of Swedes In Brussels, Prominent Islamic State (ISIS) Supporter Calls To Kill Non-Muslims In Middle East, Declares ISIS Will 'Shake' Europe

On October 14, 2023, 71-year-old Joseph Czuba of the Chicago suburb Plainfield stabbed his tenants, Palestinian-Americans Hanaan Shahin and her six-year-old son, Wadea Al-Fayoume, killing the boy and injuring the mother. The stabbing was reportedly related to the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Resurfaces After More Than A Year With Praise For Alexandria Shooting Of Israelis, Calls For Lone Wolves Everywhere To Target Jews And All 'Involved In Aggression Against Palestine'

On October 12, 2023, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet published a one-page "Statement of Praise for the Blessed Alexandria Operation" on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server, celebrating the October 8 shooting at an archeological site in Egypt, in which two Israeli tourists and their Egyptian guide were killed, and a third Israeli wounded, by an Egyptian policeman.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Assad Regime Bans Vacations For Security, Intelligence Officers, Military Personnel As Part Of Increased Alert Due To Israel-Hamas War

On October 16, 2023, a Syrian pro-rebel media outlet reported that the Assad regime recently issued orders banning its security and intelligence officers and military personnel from taking vacations for the time being.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Leader Of Shi'ite Iraqi Militia: If U.S. Persists In Supporting Israel, We Will Attack Its Interests In Iraq And The Region

Qais Al-Khaz'ali, secretary-general of Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haqq, a Shi'ite Iraqi militia backed by Iran, threatens the U.S. that, if it continues to support Israel in its war on Hamas in Gaza, his militia will target every U.S. interest in Iraq and the region.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Announces Uniting Of Forces Among 11 Local Factions In Struggle Against 'Occupiers,' Vows To Perpetrate 'High-Quality Operation To Avenge Martyrs Who Fell Defending Jerusalem'

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On October 6, 2023, an Iran-backed Iraqi group calling itself The Islamic Resistance - Uli Al-Ba's Al-Shadid ("Those of Great Might" based on the verse in Quran 17:5), announced that 11 local factions had joined its ranks with the aim of working together against "the occupiers (i.e. the U.S and Turkey)." The following day the group published another statement in which it praised "the Palestinian resistance" for its achievements in the fighting against Israel and vowed to perpetrate "a high-quality attack" to avenge the fighters who were killed defending Jerusalem.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channel Supporting Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Calls To Target 'Collaborators' With Israel in Belgium And Bahrain

On October 18, 2023, a Telegram channel which supports Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq published two new posters from its "Exposing Collaborators" series, with the aim of exposing collaborators with Israel. The two posters include the personal details of a Belgian and a Bahraini citizen.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Lebanese Hizbullah Poster Depicts U.S. Aircraft Carrier In Flames: 'Wait For It To Burn Soon'

On October 11, 2023, a pro-Lebanese Hizbullah (LH) media outlet released a poster on X (formerly Twitter), threatening an attack on a U.S. aircraft carrier. The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group sailed to the eastern Mediterranean Sea after the attack on Israel by Hamas.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Telegram Channel Linked To Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Releases Poster Threatening USS Gerald R. Ford

On October 7, 2023, Hamas and other Gaza-based militant Palestinian factions launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood (also called Al-Aqsa Storm), a surprise attack on Israel in the early morning of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. As part of the attack, thousands of rockets were fired into Israel and mujahideen infiltrated Israeli towns and military bases near the Gaza strip, killing over a thousand civilians and soldiers and taking nearly 200 captives. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a mass mobilization. The Israeli government officially declared war on October 8.

 

EXCLUSIVE: On Telegram, Hamas Publishes Contact Information For Six Officials Authorized To 'Speak On Behalf Of Hamas In English,' Including A Specially Designated Global Terrorist

On October 17, 2023, the media office of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas published an Arabic-language statement listing six officials who are authorized to speak on the group's behalf in English. Since its release, at least one of the "spokesmen" has conducted an English-language interview with American broadcaster NPR. Another, Osama Hamdan, is a U.S.-Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Urges Supporters To Share Chemical Warfare Knowledge With Fellow Jihadis, Encourage Attacks

On October 14, 2023, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a post calling on supporters with expertise in military sciences to "educate their brothers" in the use of chemical weapons and poisons. The post also urged supporters to incite attacks and otherwise rouse believers, rather than be sorrowful.

 

Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades In Video Message To Israeli Ground Troops: 'This Is What Awaits You When You Enter Gaza'

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On October 14, 2023, Hamas's Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades military wing shared on its Telegram channel a video featuring a mock scenario of what it says will be its armed response to and tactics countering the likely impending Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

 

New Palestinian Armed Group Announces Itself In Video, Invites Muslims Worldwide To Fight War 'Imposed' On Palestinians, 'Exact Due Retribution From Transgressors'

On October 17, 2023, a group calling itself the Al-Quds Revolutionary Youth Movement released a two-minute video announcing the launching of armed resistance to foil Israel's "aspirations" in Jerusalem, and to counter the West and Israel's war "imposed" on the Palestinian people.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Claims Brussels Shooting Of Swedes As Attack On Citizens Of 'Crusader Coalition,' Threatens More

On October 16, 2023, a gunman armed with an automatic rifle shot three Swedes in Brussels, killing two and seriously injuring another, as the Swedish national soccer team was scheduled to play a match against Belgium at a nearby stadium. Videos of the perpetrator, Abdesalem Jilani Meftah Lassoued, a 45-year-old Tunisian who was in Belgium illegally, circulated showing him swearing allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Hafs Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi and declaring that the attack was perpetrated to avenge Muslims.

 

In Video: Brussels Lone Wolf Shooter Claims To Be ISIS Soldier Who Killed Swedes To Avenge Muslims

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In the evening of October 16, 2023, a gunman armed with an automatic rifle shot and killed two Swedish nationals in Brussels. The Swedish national football team was scheduled to play a match against Belgium at the Heysel stadium, only five kilometers from the area of the attack. As of this writing, the perpetrator is reportedly still at large.

 

Editorial In Islamic State (ISIS) Weekly Calls For Muslims To Defend Each Other By Jihad, Prominent Supporter Understands Editorial As Reference To Israel-Hamas War

Issue 412 of Islamic State (ISIS) weekly magazine Al-Naba', which was published on October 12, 2023, contains an editorial titled "Defending Muslims." Stressing the importance of Muslim solidarity and mutual defense, particularly by waging jihad against aggression by unbelievers, the editorial calls for jihad against "all the taghouts [literally "false deities," a reference to rulers who govern by manmade law rather than shari'a] of the world."

 

Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Claims Killing 50 Shi'ites In Suicide Attack On Mosque In Northern Afghanistan

On October 13, 2023, the Islamic State's (ISIS) official media outlet, A'maq News Agency, released a statement on Telegram reporting that according to "security sources," 50 people were killed and dozens injured in an ISIS suicide operation against a gathering of Shi'ites in the Baghlan region in northern Afghanistan.

 

Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Claims It Killed 'Three Christians,' Including a UK Citizen, In Attack In Ugandan National Park

On October 18, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed that on the previous day, its fighters killed "three Christians," including a British citizen, in western Uganda.

 

Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP) Claims It Killed Or Wounded Seven Soldiers In The Philippines Maguindanao Region

On October 18, 2023, the Islamic State (ISIS) East Asia Province (ISEAP) claimed that its fighters, armed with machine guns, had clashed with a military foot patrol in the Maguindanao region in the Philippines the day before, killing and wounding seven soldiers.

 

Lead Article In Recent Issue Of ISKP Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Says Parliament Cannot Replace Shura, Democracy 'Is A Newly Developed Way Of Associating Partners With Allah'; 'In This Process The Sole Right Of Allah... To Legislate Is Undermined'

A lead article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Media Foundation, a media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which defines itself as a supporting entity for the Islamic State (ISIS), criticizes democracy, saying that it transfers the power of legislation from Allah to people, promotes obscenity and social evils, and promises free speech while denying the same to Muslims.

 

Defending Islamic State (ISIS) Approach Of Prioritizing Jihad Against Arab Regimes To Fighting Israel, Prominent Supporter Declares ISIS Acts More Effectively Against Israel Than Hamas, Predicts ISIS Will Destroy Israel

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On October 7, 2023, Hamas and other Gaza-based militant Palestinian factions launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood (also called Al-Aqsa Storm), a surprise attack on Israel in the early morning of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. As part of the attack, thousands of rockets were fired into Israel and mujahideen infiltrated Israeli towns and military bases near the Gaza strip, killing over a thousand civilians and soldiers and taking nearly 200 captives. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a mass mobilization. The Israeli government officially declared war on October 8.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Fighters: Continue The Fight In Gaza, Muslims Will Inflict Woes On Israel

On October 14, 2023, Al-Malahem, the media arm of the Yemen-based jihadi group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), shared a nine-minute video titled, "Al-Aqsa Flood – Words of Support to Our Heroic Brothers in Palestine." A second part followed two days later.

 

Salafi Jihadi Clerics Claim 'Muzzling' Criticism Of Israel Signals The End Of Democracy In The West; ISIS Supporters Incite 'A Torrent Of Raging Anger'

In the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Israel, amid a surge of violence in the region following Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel, Salafi jihadi clerics and ideologues continued to denounce Arab governments' stance on the conflict and U.S. support for Israel. ISIS supporters, on the other hand, continued to threaten Jews, "Crusaders," and others in the West.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Sends Condolences To 'Brothers' in 'Islamic Emirate' of Afghanistan And Calls On Muslims Across The World To Help Its Earthquake Victims

On October 7, 2023, Afghanistan was rocked by several strong earthquakes in which more than 2,000 people were killed and many others were injured. On October 13, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a two-page statement in Arabic in which it expressed its condolences to the "Islamic Emirate" and the Afghani people for the disaster that they experienced, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

 

In Statement Dated To September, Al-Qaeda Central Calls Muslims To Repent Following Morocco And Libya Disasters, Aid Victims

On September 8, 2023, a powerful earthquake struck central Morocco near Marrakesh. A second disaster struck North Africa on September 11, when flash floods caused the collapse of two dams near Derna, Libya. The two disasters killed thousands and left thousands more injured and homeless.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Malian Government Employee Died In Its Captivity, Blames Malian Government For His Death

On October 12, 2023, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), released a statement announcing that a Malian government employee "arrested" by GSIM fighters in 2020, had died in captivity.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Operatives To 'Heroes In Palestine': 'We Are In Yemen But Our Eyes Are On Al-Aqsa'; We Hope To Die Beside You 'Under The Treads Of The Tanks'; 'The Spark That Ignited Under The Ruins Will Spread To All The Muslim Lands'

On October 14, 2023, Al-Malahem, the media arm of the Yemen-based jihadi group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), shared a nine-minute video titled, "Al-Aqsa Flood – Words of Support to Our Heroic Brothers in Palestine."

 

Joint Statement By Al-Qaeda Affiliates In North Africa And Sahel Celebrates Hamas Offensive On Israel, Calls For Muslims In Gaza, West Bank, Arab Countries To Continue Jihad Against Israel, Attack Regimes; Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Calls To Support Gaza Against 'Crusader And International Zionist Regimes'

On October 7, 2023, Hamas and other Gaza-based militant Palestinian factions launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood (also called Al-Aqsa Storm), a surprise attack on Israel in the early morning of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah.

 

Accusing Israel Of Bombing Gaza Hospital, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader, HTS-Linked Body Praise Gazans For Humiliating Israel, Pray For 'Complete Liberation' Of Palestine; HTS Cleric Calls For Suicide Attacks Against Israelis Everywhere

On October 7, 2023, Hamas and other Gaza-based militant Palestinian factions launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood (also called Al-Aqsa Storm), a surprise attack on Israel in the early morning of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. As part of the attack, thousands of rockets were fired into Israel and mujahideen infiltrated Israeli towns and military bases near the Gaza strip, killing over a thousand civilians and soldiers and taking nearly 200 captives. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a mass mobilization. The Israeli government officially declared war on October 8.

 

Syrian Opposition-Affiliated Website: Iran-Backed Militias In Eastern Syria Camouflaging Positions To Avoid Israeli Airstrikes

On October 14, 2023, a Syrian opposition-affiliated website published an "exclusive" report about unusual activity of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces in Al-Bukamal, east of Deir Al-Zour.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Iran Is Developing And Producing Drones At The T-4 Airbase In Syria

On October 15, 2023, a Syrian opposition website reported that Iran has recently begun to stockpile, develop and produce drones at the Syrian Air Force Tiyas Military Airbase, also known as the T-4 Air base located in the Homs Governorate, north of the town of Tiyas, about 60 kilometers west of the city of Palmyra in Eastern Syria.

 

Media Outlet Run By Supporters Of Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Claims It Hacked American, British Websites: 'We Will Deal With You The Same Way We Deal With The Zionists'

On October 17, 2023, a Telegram channel which supports the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq reported that hackers had managed to penetrate several U.K. and U.S. websites, as part of a cyber campaign to target websites of countries supportive of Israel in its war against Hamas.

 

Poster By Telegram Channel Supporting Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Envisions Assassination Of PM Netanyahu: 'It Is Only A Matter Of Time'

On October 11, 2023, a Telegram channel which supports Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared a poster depicting an armed fighter and drone outside a window to a room with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inside it.

 

Iran-Backed Militia, Militant Leaders Fault, Condemn, Threaten U.S. After Deadly Blast On Gaza Hospital

On October 17, 2023, an explosive projectile struck the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza's Zeitoun neighborhood, killing hundreds. While Palestinian groups were quick to point the finger at Israel, Israeli officials asserted that the blast was the result of a malfunctioning rocket launched by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) which caught fire after it fell to the ground. These claims were bolstered by U.S. President Joe Biden, who said during a visit to Tel Aviv on October 18 that U.S. intelligence analysis supported the Israeli position.

 

Iraqi Religious Scholar: Jihad Alongside Palestinians Is 'Duty Upon All Muslims,' Urges Forming Charity Foundations To Collect Funds For Palestinians In Gaza

On October 13, 2023, prominent Iraqi Islamic scholar Abdulrazzaq Al-Sa'di published a religious edict (fatwa), titled: "Supporting the Mujahideen in Palestine Is Obligatory Upon All Muslims." The fatwa calls on Muslims globally to join the battlefield and make donations to aid Palestinians in the war effort.

 

Pakistan's Leading Religious Scholars Urge Islamic States 'To Declare Jihad' Against Israel, 'Pakistan Sunni Tehreek' Leadership: 'To Live And Die For The Defense Of Al-Aqsa Mosque Is The Great Jihad'

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Leading Islamic religious scholars in Pakistan have called upon the Islamic countries to declare jihad against the state of Israel, according to a report in the leading Islamist daily Roznama Ummat, which stated: "By attacking Israel, Palestinians have responded to the atrocities and subjugation of theirs. It is the responsibility of the Muslim governments to declare jihad now."

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