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October 8, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1113

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October 8, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1113

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: Senior Official Of Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Ibrahim Al-Qousi Threatens U.S. With Attacks More Painful, Powerful Than 9/11

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On October 6, 2021, the media arm of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video featuring a senior official from the group congratulating the Taliban for taking over Afghanistan and threatened the U.S. with attacks more painful than 9/11.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Clerics Rejoice In Death Of Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks In Car Accident: May He Burn In Hell Like He Burned Our Hearts With His Mockery Of Our Prophet

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Over the past few days, jihadi clerics on Telegram rejoiced at the death of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, famous for his satirical depictions of Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in a car accident on October 3, 2021.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Jihadis Celebrate Death of Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks In Car Accident: Allah Punished Him For Defaming Prophet Muhammad

On October 4, 2021, jihadis affiliated with Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published Telegram posts celebrating the death of the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, famous for his satirical depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in a car accident the previous day.

 

EXCLUSIVE: As Number Of COVID-19 Cases In Idlib Rises, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Salvation Government Promotes Vaccination; Jihadi Clerics Claim: The Virus Is A Mercy For Believers

On September 29, 2021, the weekly magazine of the Salvation Government in Idlib included an article which encouraged locals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, emphasizing that it is the only solution for stopping the growing number of fatalities in the fully packed hospitals of HTS-controlled areas.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Responding To Rapid Increase In COVID-19 Cases, Humanitarian Organizations In Northwest Syria Raise Funds For Medical Supplies

On October 1, 2021, three humanitarian organizations based in northwest Syria launched a fundraising campaign in response to the region's rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and medical supply and facility shortages.

 

ISIS Claims Kabul Suicide Attack Targeting Taliban Fighters Attending Funeral

On October 4, 2021 an official media arm of the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement claiming that one if its fighters in Khorasan Province carried out a suicide attack targeting a group of Taliban fighters in Kabul on October 3, 2021.

 

ISIS Claims Killing Of 'Polytheist Hindu' In Kashmir, Pro-ISIS Media Group Releases Poster Threatening To 'Rip Apart India'

On October 5, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that its operatives in India had killed a "polytheist Hindu" in Kashmir with gunshots.

 

In New Video Documenting Dozens Of Attacks In Iraq, ISIS Disputes Iraqi Government Claims Of Victory, Warns Iraqis Against Voting In Upcoming Elections

On October 5, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a 50-minute video documenting dozens of attacks and executions carried out by its fighters in Iraq.

 

ISIS Releases Photo Report Showing Two Attacks On Christian Villages In Mozambique

On October 5, 2021, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) released a photo report documenting its operatives' attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Mozambique.

 

Eulogizing Slain ISIS Sahel Leader 'Adnan Abu Al-Walid Al-Sahrawi, ISIS Weekly Deems Death For Allah's Sake A 'Great Victory'

On September 30, 2021, Issue 306 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly, Al-Naba', was published. It included an editorial eulogizing the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), describing his death for the sake of Allah as a "great victory."

 

Opponents Of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Accuse HTS-Linked Salvation Government Of "Normalization" For Allowing Graduates Of Regime Schools To Attend Idlib University

Following the passage of a resolution by the Ministry of Higher Education in the Syrian Salvation Government (SG) – a rebel governing body linked to Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) – which specifies that students with high school diplomas from regime-controlled areas will be allowed to attend Idlib institutions of higher learning, opponents of HTS accused the SG of "normalization with the regime."

 

Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Media Outlet Warns Sunnis In Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan And Pakistan To Distance Themselves From Shi'ite Crowds For Fear Of ISIS Attacks

A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet recently released a poster warning Sunnis, especially those in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep their distance from markets, houses of worship, and other places where Shi'ites might congregate, because ISIS considers such locations legitimate targets for attacks.

 

In Audio, Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Exposes 'True Face of Taliban,' Threatens To Slaughter Their Members For Fighting ISIS

On September 28, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet "released a 12-minute audio message asserting that the Afghan Taliban began as a nationalist jihadi movement with many good leaders, but that it later deviated and became a democratic movement hungry for power.

 

Pro-ISIS Video Urges Young Muslims To Perpetrate 'Lone Wolf' Attacks In France And Europe To Avenge Insults To Muhammad

On October 1, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a video accusing European countries, specifically France, of bombing ISIS, insulting the Prophet Muhammad, and massacring Muslims.

 

Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Threatens ISIS Opponents, Recruits Supporters With Expertise In Media, Journalism, And Security

In the last few days, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group published a series of posts and posters stressing that ISIS has not been defeated, threatening its enemies, and condemning anti-ISIS clerics.

 

Prominent Female ISIS Supporter: Taliban Will Be Deposed Like Morsi, Afghanistan Will Be An ISIS Province

On September 26, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet published an essay by a prominent pro-ISIS writer who asserted that the 2012 election of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mohamed Morsi to the presidency of Egypt, followed by his 2013 deposition and 2019 death in prison, demonstrates that the West will not allow Islamists to assume power even if they sacrifice their principles.

 

On Facebook, Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Urges Supporters To Participate In 'Preaching Raid,' Offers Tips

 

On September 26, 2021, a Facebook page shared a poster released by a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet announcing the launch of a "da'wah [preaching] raid" on Facebook and offering a list of tips for supporters who want to participate in the raid.

 

On Instagram, Pro-ISIS Indonesian Shop Sells Apparel, Features Children Modeling Jihadi Camouflage Thobes And Islamic State-Inspired Merchandise; Orders Placed Through WhatsApp Business Account

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An Instagram account based in Indonesia sells ISIS-inspired apparel and custom jihadi-inspired items for children. Orders are placed via a WhatsApp business account, and a link to the account appears on the Instagram profile.

 

New Project Launched On Instagram To Help Prisoners, Promoted By Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Linked To U.S.-Based Jihadi Preacher

On October 3, 2021, a new Instagram account was launched, dedicated to a project that will release a "non-profit magazine/newsletter" every month or two and send it to jihadi prisoners.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Group Releases Message By Indian Cleric Urging Indian Muslims To Wage Jihad Against 'Hindu Extremists,' Predicting Islamic Conquest Of India Will Begin From Kashmir

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On September 27, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda media group released a nine-minute Bengali-language video featuring an audio recording of Maulana Saeed Yusuf, an Islamic cleric from northeastern India's Assam State.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Mali Claims Responsibility For Series Of Attacks Against French, UN, And Local Forces During September 2021

On October 2, 2021, the media outlet of the Mali-based Al-Qaeda-affiliate the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), issued a statement claiming responsibility for seven attacks carried out against local, UN, and French forces in various parts of Mali.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Group Praises Jihadis For Participating In Social Media Campaign Leading Up To Release Of Video Glorifying The Perpetrators Of 9/11 Attacks

On October 4, 2021 a pro-Al-Qaeda media group released a statement expressing its gratitude and praising online jihadis for participating in the social media campaign leading up to its release of a video celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

 

Syrian Opposition Websites: IRGC Holds Drone Operators Courses For Syrian Recruits

On October 3, 2021, Syrian opposition websites reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) had recently opened a course for drone operators in eastern Syria.

 

Ex-Hizbullah Brigades Senior Member Heads Party Competing In Upcoming Iraqi Elections

Iraqi parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 10, 2021. The elections were moved forward from May 2022, following a popular protest that erupted in 2019, which led to the resignation of the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

 

Depicting The Capitol Building In Flames, Telegram Content Disseminated By Iran-Backed Militias Aims To Pressure U.S. To Commit To Pulling Out Combat Mission From Iraq By End Of 2021

Over the past few days, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq have been disseminating anti-U.S. graphics as part of an ongoing campaign aimed at pressuring the U.S to commit to withdraw its combat mission from Iraq by the end December 2021, as agreed upon with the Iraqi government.

 

Article in Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Monthly: U.S. Will Disrupt Iraqi Elections With Terror Attacks Or By Adding Resistance Factions To Terrorist List

On October 2, 2021, an Iraqi Shi'ite militia known published the second issue of its Al-Fiqar magazine on its Telegram channel. The cover of the 16-page magazine depicts a masked fighter.

 

In Effort To Foil 'American Siege,' Lebanese Hizbullah Distributes Financial Aid To Locals

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On September 29, 2021, Al-Ahed News, an online magazine affiliated with Lebanese Hizbullah, reported that the group distributed food and financial aid valued at 1,450,000 Lebanese pounds (nearly 10,000 USD) to residents of Tyre, southern Lebanon.

 

Issue 1 Of New Pro-Taliban Urdu-Language Journal On Global Jihad Launched, Calls 9/11 Attacks 'The 21st Century's Yaum-ul-Furqan' Similar To Battle Of Badr, The First Islamic War

To mark the anniversary of 9/11 attacks, pro-Taliban jihadis have launched a quarterly journal in Urdu language, intended for Urdu readers in Pakistan and India, and the South Asian diaspora in Western countries.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Claims Attacks In Pakistan Between September 27 And October 2, 2021

Several attacks were claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (The Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) between September 27 and October 2, 2021.

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