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September 30, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1252

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September 30, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1252

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, Afghan Taliban Eulogize Jihadi Muslim Brotherhood Ideologue Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

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Salafi-jihadis and Iran-backed Shi'ite militants online published varying reactions to the death of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on September 26, 2022, with the former largely expressing sorrow over his passing and the latter celebrating it.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syria-Based Iranian Jihadi Group Condemns Tehran's Cruelty In Implementing Islamic Ruling Of Hijab, Warns Protesters: Your Demonstrations May Be Exploited By Enemies Of Islam

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On September 26, 2022, Harakat Muhajirin Ahl-Sunnat Iran, a Syria-based Salafi Sunni jihadi group comprising Iranian fighters, issued a statement on Twitter commenting on the ongoing demonstration in Iran against wearing hijab. The protests erupted in several Iranian cities over the death on September 16 of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been apprehended in Tehran and taken to a "re-education center" for not wearing her hijab properly.

 

EXCLUSIVE: In Video, Al-Qaeda In Yemen Calls For Lone Wolf Attacks On U.S. Forces: U.S. Presence In Hadramout, Mahra Reignites Jihad

On September 25, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a video titled "The Occupied Yemen," commenting on a reported U.S. military patrol in Hadramout, Yemen that took place on August 14, 2022. The video further urged Muslims in Yemen to carry out lone wolf attacks on U.S. forces.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Hundreds Of Troops From Russian-Backed Syrian Elite Force Are Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

According to a September 21, 2022 report by a Syrian opposition website, several hundred troops from Syria's 25th Special Mission Forces Division have recently joined the Russian troops fighting in eastern Ukraine.

 

EXCLUSIVE: In Advance Of End Of Ceasefire Houthis Threaten Attacks On Oil And Gas Companies If New Demands Are Not Met

October 2, 2022, will mark the end of the August UN-brokered extension to the April 2022 ceasefire between the Houthi Ansar Allah movement and the Saudi- and UAE-led Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen. In advance of this date, in an effort to improve their position, the Houthis are making new demands, such as payment of salaries to the workers in the areas under their control, the reopening of the international airport in Sana'a, and the re-opening of the Al-Hudaydah Port.

 

ISIS Weekly Details Three Attacks In Sahel Province Against Burkina Faso Army And Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Tribes In Mali, Resulting In 40 Casualties

On September 22, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue 357 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'. The issue featured "special" coverage of three ISIS attacks – not previously claimed by the group – in its so-called Sahel Province, specifically in Mali and Burkina Faso, over four days, September 9-13, 2022.

 

ISIS Claims Killing Or Wounding 13 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Members In Clashes Involving SVBIED Detonation In Northeastern Syria

On September 24, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) reported that on September 20, a group of its inghimasi operatives (fighters who carry out commando-style operations behind enemy lines) had killed or wounded more than 13 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in clashes involving the detonation of an SVBIED east of Al-Hasakah.

 

ISIS Claims Numerous Attacks On Iraqi Army, Federal Police In Kirkuk's Daquq District During September

During the month of September 2022, fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq carried out a series of attacks against Iraqi Army and Federal Police barracks and vehicles in southern Daquq District of Kirkuk Governorate.

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Editorial In ISIS Weekly Claims Faith Teachings And Religious Knowledge Are Necessary 'Provisions' For Jihadis On 'Jihad Journey'

On September 23, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 357 of its weekly Al-Naba' newsletter, featuring an editorial titled "Your Provisions, Oh Mujahid," which discusses faith and religious knowledge as key provisions that all jihadis must acquire for their jihadi journeys.

 

Al-Shabab Reportedly Kills Over 120 Pro-Government Militia Members Over Two Days In Attacks Across Somalia, Countering U.S. Efforts To Support Somali Forces

On September 27, 2022, the official media outlet of the Somali-based Al-Shabab group issued a detailed report on Al-Shabab's operations over the course of two days, September 25-26, including about seventy pages of images.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Hails September 11 Attacks, Warns U.S. Will 'Pay Price For Spilling Muslim Blood'

On September 23, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet released Issue 26 of a women's magazine for Al-Qaeda supporters.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine: Ukrainian Women Fleeing War Are Victims Of Western 'Debauchery'; Only Islam Guarantees Their Protection, Rights

On September 23, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet released Issue 26 of a women's magazine for Al-Qaeda supporters. The 85-page issue included an Arabic-language article titled "The Destiny of Ukrainian Women Exposes the Lie of Women's Rights."

 

Photos Purportedly Show Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham-Linked Operations Room

On September 27, 2022 a pro-Ha'yat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel posted three photos of what it described as "an operations room" for an HTS-affiliated brigade.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Members Of Pro-Iran Militias Arrested Due To Suspicions About Spying

On September 21, 2022, the website of the Syrian opposition organization, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), reported that on September 17 Syrian Air Force Intelligence launched a comprehensive "security campaign" during which dozens of Syrians who are active in the framework of the militias that cooperate with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and with Hizbullah in northeastern Syria, were arrested.

 

In Video, Idlib-Based Uyghur Groups Participate In Joint Weapons Training

On September 17, 2022, a group of jihadi contractors affiliated with the Syria-based Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), which is aligned with Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), released a video on its Telegram channel highlighting a training class for YT and TIP fighters.

 

Video By Syria-Based Kurdish Jihadi Group Admonishes Syrians Not To Leave For The West, Urges Them To Stay And Wage Jihad

The official media outlet of Syria-based Kurdish jihadi group Ansar Al-Islam, released a video, dated September 24, 2022, titled "So Flee to Allah" (Quran 51:50). The five-minute video lashes out at Syrians who migrate to Western countries and urges them to stay and wage jihad to defend Syria's Sunnis.

 

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Claims Foiling ISIS Plot To Attack Al-Hol Camp With Car Bombs

On September 21, 2022, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported that its Internal Security Forces (ISF), known by their Kurdish name Asayish, had foiled an attempted assault by an Islamic State (ISIS) cell on the Al-Hol camp, east of Al-Hasakah, not far from the Iraqi border.

 

Telegram Channel Affiliated With Iran-backed Militias Mocks U.S. Ambassador, Development Initiatives In Iraq

On September 22, 2022, a Telegram channel which is affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq criticizes a statement by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina L. Romanowski praising the opening of a U.S.-funded water treatment plant in Sinjar, Iraq.

 

Telegram Outlet Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias Accuses Al-Sadr Militia Of Targeting Baghdad's Green Zone With Rockets; Al-Sadr's Spokesman Blames 'Occupation', Ba'athists, Rivals

On September 28, 2022, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published a post claiming that rockets targeted the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad's Green Zone, wounding several security personnel.

 

Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Holds Funeral For Minor Who Fought In Its Ranks

On September 21, 2022, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement's Al-Masirah TV website shared a five-minute video clip documenting the funeral procession for a Houthi fighter from 'Amran Governorate in western Yemen.

 

In Pashtu-Language Article, Hizb ut-Tahrir Criticizes Muslim Nations For Helping U.S. Drones Patrol Afghan Airspace, Proposes An Expanded Islamic Caliphate 'That Could Unite Pakistan And Central Asia Under The Leadership Of [Taliban-Ruled] Afghanistan'

In a recent article on its website, Hizb ut-Tahrir Afghanistan criticized the U.S.'s "over the horizon" policy in Afghanistan, especially what it refers to as the "violation" of Afghan airspace by U.S. drones. While lamenting the ruling Afghan Taliban's inability to stop U.S. drones from entering Afghan airspace, the article criticizes Muslim countries in the region for facilitating the U.S. drone missions by allowing them to land and take off from their territory.

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