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November 4, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1267

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November 4, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1267

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: In Letter Published By Father-In-Law Of Potential Al-Qaeda Leader, Anonymous Veteran Hails 9/11 Attacks, Asserts Al-Qaeda Is Taliban's Only Ally

On October 31, 2022, a senior Al-Qaeda associate who served as an instructor at the group's training camp near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, published a "letter from Al-Qaeda" on his website, claiming it was authored by a first-generation veteran, nicknamed 'Aber Sabeel [i.e. Passerby].

 

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Meets With Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh In Turkey, Says: 'We Are Proud Of You, Your Resistance, Steadfastness, And Efforts; You Have Dealt A Blow To The Israeli Occupation Regime'

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban), met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh during a recent visit to Turkey and assured support to the Palestinian resistance against Israel, according to a Dari-language report by an Afghan news agency.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Back On Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover, British Pro-ISIS Preacher Calls For Shari'a Worldwide, Condemns Qatar For 'Collaborating With Enemies Of Islam'

On October 29, 2022, a London-based pro-Islamic State (ISIS) preacher published a post on his Telegram channel promoting his new Twitter account and asking supporters to follow him.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Canada-Based Jihadi Cleric Says He'll Leave Twitter Following Its Purchase By Elon Musk

On October 31, 2022, following the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk, an Egyptian-born pro-Al-Qaeda cleric based in Ontario wrote on his Telegram that, under Musk, Twitter's future "will be even darker than its past."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Indian Software Engineer Anees Ansari Convicted Of Planning Lone Wolf Terror Attack On The American School In Mumbai

In what was possibly the first case brought under India's cyberterrorism laws, Anees Ansari, a software engineer arrested in 2014 for planning a lone wolf terror attack on the American School of Bombay, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Mumbai, according to the Indian press.

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Releases Name, Photo, Oath Of Allegiance Of Perpetrator Of Shiraz Shi'ite Shrine Attack

On October 29, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) A'maq News Agency released a short video clip which for the first time reveals the identity of the man attacked a Shi'ite shrine in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, killing at least 20 people on October 26, 2022.

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Weekly Boasts Of Shiraz Shrine Attack In Cover Story, Report, Infographic; Vows To Carry Out More Attacks In Iran

On October 27, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 362 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba', which featured front page coverage of the group's October 26 attack on a Shi'ite shrine in Shiraz, Iran.

 

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporter Shares Farsi-Language Posters Calling For Jihad In Iran

On October 30, 2022, a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server posted three Farsi-language posters calling for jihad against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Urges Jihad Against Iran And Shi'ites Everywhere

On November 1, 2022, the pro- Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Murhafat media institute released a poster urging Muslims in Iran and beyond to take action to topple the Iranian regime, which is described as "polytheistic" and "infidel," and as a regime that Muslims are obligated to fight against.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Iran-Based Al-Qaeda-Linked Jaish Al-Adl Denies Involvement In Anti-Protester Violence In Zahedan, Calls On Baluch In Basij Forces To Abandon Iranian Regime

On October 29, 2022, the official media outlet of Jaish Al-Adl ("Army of Justice") issued a statement condemning the "crimes," committed by the Iranian regime during the ongoing protests. The statement called on security personnel to abandon the regime and on protesters to stay united.

 

EXCLUSIVE: In Video, Iran-Based Al-Qaeda-Linked Jaish Al-Adl Declares Jihad The Only Way To Restore Dignity Of Balochi And Iranian People, Urges Muslims To Join Fight

On October 31, 2022 the official media outlet of Jaish Al-Adl ("Army of Justice"), a Sunni Salafi jihadi group that operates primarily in southeastern Iran—an area mainly inhabited by Sunni Baluchis—released a 15-minute video.

 

Exclusive: Iran-Backed Outlets Celebrate Incoming Brazilian President Lula As Ally, See Outgoing President Bolsonaro's Ouster As Loss For U.S.

Iran-backed media outlets have largely celebrated Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's October 30 victory over Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 Brazilian presidential elections. After president-elect Da Silva – known as Lula – narrowly defeated incumbent President Bolsonaro in the runoff election, Iran-backed militias touted Lula as an ally of the "Axis of Resistance," a regional conglomerate of state and non-state actors aligned with Iran.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Overview Of Jihadi Fundraising Campaigns In 2022

By K. Choukry

Throughout 2022, jihadis have been actively soliciting donations online.

 

ISIS In Sahel Claims Killing 40 Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Operatives In Mali

On October 31, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sahel Province claimed that its fighters launched an attack on October 29 against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), killing 40.

 

Islamic State (ISIS) Sahel Province Releases Photos From Attack On Militias Affiliated With Al-Qaeda In Mali

On November 2, the Islamic State's Sahel Province (ISIS) released a photo report which included dozens of photos documenting an October 29 ISIS attack against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), in northeastern Mali.

 

Islamic State East Asia Province (ISEAP) Claims Attack On Telecommunications Tower In Philippines

On October 27, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) published issue 362 of its weekly magazine Al-Naba'. The issue contained a short article claiming for the first time an attack by ISIS' East Asia Province (ISEAP) on a government-owned telecommunication towers in the Philippines.

 

Editorial In ISIS Weekly Hails Jihad As Only Way For Muslims To Attain Glory, ISIS As Embodiment Of Islamic Pride

An October 27, 2022 editorial in Issue 362 of the Islamic State's (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba', using a quote from Quran 35:10, "All Glory is Allah's," as its title, discusses the pride, self-confidence, and glory which the Quran urges believers to pursue.

 

Issue 16 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Criticizes Muslim Brotherhood, Accuses Afghan Taliban Of Working For CIA: 'Jews And Christians Have Been Trying To Divide This Ummah From The Early Stage Of Islam'

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), accuses the Afghan Taliban of working with the CIA, attacks the Muslim Brotherhood, eulogizes Umar at-Tajiki, who bombed a bus in Herat city, and has a number of articles promoting jihad.

 

Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Claims Killing At Least 70 ISIS Fighters In Northern Mali During Three Days Of Fighting

On November 1, 2022, the official media outlet of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) issued a statement claiming that the group had killed at least 70 Islamic State (ISIS) operatives during a three-day campaign that took place in towns located in the Menaka region in northern Mali.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Sahel Claims Attack On Burkinabe Army, Another On Malian Army and Russia-backed Wagner Group

On October 27, 20220, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda Sahel affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) claimed that on October 24, 2022, GSIM fighters stormed and overtook the largest barracks in the Soum region of northern Burkina Faso, in the provincial capital of Djibo.

 

Al-Shabab Clerics Leader Justifies Attack On Somali Education Ministry, Claiming Somali Education Spreads Western Corruption, Regrets Civilian Deaths

Two days after the October 30 Al-Shabab attack on the Somali Education Ministry in Mogadishu, Shahada, the media arm of Al-Shabab, published a statement issued by a prominent member of the group's "General Command."

 

Al-Shabab Claims Two Suicide Attacks At Mogadishu Education Ministry 'Which Is Planning A Thought Invasion Of The Islamic Nation'

On October 29, 2022, two car bombs were detonated adjacent to the headquarters of the Education Ministry in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

 

Syrian Jihadi Clerics Harshly Criticize Al-Shabab Double Suicide Attack At Somali Education Ministry

Two Syrian jihadi clerics harshly criticized the October 29, 2022 double car bomb suicide attack perpetrated by the Somalia-based, Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi organization Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) at the Education Ministry headquarters in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Commander Discusses Car Bombs, Claims They Are 'One Of Our Most Effective Weapons'

On October 31, 2022, a pro-HTS )Ha'yat Tahrir Al-Sham) Telegram channel published an interview with a "military commander" in HTS, about the use of car bombs in military operations.

 

Syrian Investment Firm Announces Takeover Of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked Watad Petroleum

On October 31, 2022, Syrian investment firm Namaa Investments released a statement announcing its acquisition of Watad Petroleum, an oil company linked to Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) which until recently maintained a monopoly over the fuel market in Idlib.

 

Anti-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram Channel Claims Qatar Brokered Deal With Turkey To Cover Up HTS Involvement In Captagon Shipment

On October 31, 2022, a jihadi Telegram channel which opposes Ha'yat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published a post accusing the group of drug trafficking, providing what it described as "solid evidence" that HTS operatives are involved in facilitating the entry of drugs from Turkey and Lebanon into the areas under his control in Syria.

 

Video By Syrian Branch Of Uyghur Jihad Group, The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), Presents Sermons By Preachers In Rebel-Held Areas Expressing Solidarity With "The Oppressed Uyghur Brothers" In China

On September 18, 2022,  the Syrian branch of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a Salafi jihadi group comprising Uyghur fighters, posted on its website an eight-minute video titled "The Believers Are a Single Body."

 

Iran-Backed Iraqi Group Threatens Western Intelligence Agencies Based In Iraq

On October 30, 2022, Ashab Al-Kahf (People of the Cave), a Shi'ite Iraqi group supported by Iran, posted three messages on its Telegram channel in which it threatens foreign intelligence agencies which operate in Iraq and in the Middle East, as well as those that cooperate with them, and calls on them to cease their operations in Iraq and against the axis of resistance, which is referred to as "the axis of Islam."

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Video Slams Pakistan For Its Landmark Transgender Rights Law, Afghan Cleric Maulana Zahid Azizkhil Declares Jihad Against Pakistan To Be Mandatory: 'Those Who Voted This Resolution... Have All Become Unbelievers... Seizing Their Wealth Is Halal And Shedding Their Blood Is Halal'

A video released by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has criticized Pakistan for a landmark 2018 law that protects the rights of transgender persons.

 

Afghan Taliban Statement Accuses U.S. Marine Of Forcibly Taking Afghan Child To The U.S. After Her Parents Were Killed In Afghanistan

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the ruling Taliban jihadi organization) has criticized what it called "abduction" of an Afghan child by a U.S. Marine Corps attorney, who may have adopted the child after her parents were killed in an American operation a few years ago.

 

Article On Afghan Taliban's Urdu-Language Website Counters Western Demands For Inclusive Government In Kabul: 'In The Form Of The Islamic Emirate, After 40 Years, The Afghan People Have A Central Government And A Centralized System'

An article published by the Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) counters the international community's demand that the Taliban establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan that includes representatives from all religious, linguistic, and ethnic communities, as well as representatives who are women.

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