September 9, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1242

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: September 3-10, 2022

September 9, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1242

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: Hamas Officials Visit Taliban Embassy In Qatar Days After Taliban Spokesman's Declarations On Relations With Israel

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On September 4, 2022, the official website of Hamas reported on a visit by a Hamas delegation to the embassy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qatar to offer condolences for the Afghans killed in a bombing attributed to the Islamic State (ISIS) in Herat on September 2.­­


EXCLUSIVE: 'Anonymous' Hacktivist On Twitter Releases Video Featuring Photo Of Candidate For Al-Qaeda Leadership Sayf Al-'Adl In Tehran, Claims He Is Iranian 'Puppet'

On August 26, 2022, a Twitter account associating itself with the Anonymous hacktivist group released a video which featured a previously unpublished photo of senior Al-Qaeda leaders in Tehran, Iran, including Sayf Al-'Adl – widely considered to be the likely successor to Ayman Al-Zawahiri.


EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Pro-Al-Qaeda Source: Some Al-Qaeda Supporters Oppose Sayf Al-'Adl As Possible Al-Zawahiri Successor Because He Lives In Iran, Lacks Charisma

On August 30, 2022, an anonymous pro-Al-Qaeda journalist published a blog post discussing the likely candidate to replace Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul on July 31.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Claims It Killed Four Christians In Mozambique, Including Italian Nun

On September 7, 2022, ISIS claimed that its operatives in Mozambique launched an attack the day before killing four Christians, including an Italian nun who was "vigorously" promoting Christianity.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Justify Group's Killing Of 84-Year-Old Italian Nun In Mozambique, Claim She Was Converting Muslims To Christianity

On September 7, 2022, the Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) claimed its operatives had attacked the "Christian" village of Chipene, in the Memba district of the country's northeastern Nampula province, killing four Christians, including "an Italian nun who applied herself to vigorously spreading Christianity."


EXCLUSIVE: In Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Video, Abducted Head Of United Nations Office In Yemen Pleads With UN To Negotiate For His Release, Warns Attempts To Rescue Hostages Militarily Will Lead To Their Deaths

On September 3, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a three-minute video clip titled "Appeal from Director of the United Nations Office of Security and Safety in Yemen."


After Viral Video Showing Saudi Police Assaulting Girls At An Orphanage, ISIS Supporters Call Saudi Muslims To Wage Jihad Against 'Unbelieving' Government To Defend Women's Honor

On September 4, 2022, a pro-ISIS outlet released a nine-minute video titled "Where are You, People of Jealousy?" calling on Muslims in Saudi Arabia to rise up and wage jihad against the government for its mistreatment of Muslim women.


Essay By ISIS Supporter Lashes Out At Afghan Taliban For Banning Girls' Education, Claims Ban Is Based On Mullahs' 'Whims,' Not Islam

On September 5, 2022, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel published an essay titled "Taliban and the Crime of Education" criticizing the Afghan Taliban's policy of forbidding girls to attend school outside the home and arguing that it has no basis in Islamic jurisprudence.


In 'Exclusive' Report, ISIS Weekly Claims Attacks In Sinai Against Tribesmen Aligned With Egyptian Army

On September 1, 2022, ISIS released Issue 354 of its weekly newspaper, Al-Naba', which included claims of responsibility for attacks carried out by operatives in Sinai against Egyptian Army affiliates and government-aligned local tribesmen.


ISIS Weekly Calls For Jihad To Remove National Borders Among Muslims, Claims They Impede Mutual Assistance, Such As During Recent Floods In Afghanistan And Pakistan

On September 1, 2022, ISIS released issue 354 of its weekly Al-Naba' magazine, which included an editorial, "One Islamic Nation," that discussed the need for unity among Muslims and called for jihad to dismantle borders.


Lead Article In Issue 12 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Teaches 'Al-Muraghamah,' Says It Is A Form Of Worship Consisting Of Hatred, Hostility, And Animosity To And Disavowal Of The Unbelievers

A lead article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by the media arm of Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), introduces the Islamic concept of Al-Muraghamah, which it describes as the cultivation of hatred, hostility, animosity, and fighting against non-Muslims.


Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Claims Suicide Attack Targeting Russian Embassy in Kabul

On September 5, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at the Russian embassy in Kabul on the morning of the same day.


Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Claims Attack On Government Intelligence Building In Butembo, Area Of Recent Prison Break In Eastern DRC

On September 7, 2022, the Islamic State Central African Province (ISCAP) issued a claim of responsibility for an attack carried out on September 6 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


Islamic State Central African Province (ISCAP) Claims Killing Over 40 Christians In Attacks in Eastern DRC

On September 4, 2022, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) issued a claim of responsibility for an August 30 series of coordinated attacks on gatherings of Christians the DRC.


Australian Pro-ISIS Preacher Calls On All Salafi Organizations To Reconcile, Ignore Differences, Excluding Saudi Salafis Who 'Bow To Transgressors'

On August 30, 2022, a pro-ISIS Australian preacher published on his Telegram channel a one-minute, 20- second video with an audio excerpt from a lecture he gave in which he urged the Salafi community to unite and ignore differences for the sake of consolidating the creed of Islam.


Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Warns Yemen's Sunnis Against Taking Sides In Conflicts Between UAE-Backed Separatists And 'Legitimate' Government, Declares Only Jihad Will Solve Their Problems

On September 1, 2022, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel published a post urging the Sunni Muslims of Yemen's Abyan and Shabwah governorates not to take part in the ongoing conflicts between the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the country's internationally recognized "legitimate" government, declaring jihad as the only solution to their problems.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Releases Fifth, Sixth Videos Highlighting Distribution Of Rations To Somalis Affected By Drought

On September 1, 2022 the media arm of Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Al-Shabab, released a 14-minute video in Somali titled "Relief Campaign for Those Affected By Drought in The Islamic States – Part Five."


Al-Shabab Media Releases Part Nine Of 'Spies' Video Series In Somali Language Only

On September 6, 2022, the media arm of Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi group, released a video titled "They Are The Enemy, So Be Aware of Them," featuring a man speaking in Somali who admitted to "spying" on the group.


London-Based Saudi-Funded Daily: Al-Qaeda's Affiliate In Somalia Al-Shabab Threatens Local Tribes Who Ally With Somali Government Forces

On September 6, 2022, the Saudi-funded Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily, which is based in London, published an article reporting that Al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) is threatening local tribes who have allied with the Somali government against the group.


Al-Qaeda Sahel Affiliate Announces End Of Siege Imposed On Village in Central Mali After Residents Withdraw Support For Russian Wagner Group; Summarizes Its August Operations

On September 3, 2022, the media arm of Mali-based Al-Qaeda affiliate in the Sahel, the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) – known in Arabic as Jamaat Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimin –published a statement declaring that GSIM was ending the siege it had imposed in recent months on Boni village in the Mopti region of central Mali.


Supporters Of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Celebrate Graduation Ceremony For HTS-Linked Military College As Step Toward Future Conquests, Opponents Mock 'Show' As A Distraction From HTS Failures

On September 5, 2022, a pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel reported that in attendance at a graduation ceremony that day at the Military College in Idlib, northwest Syria were HTS leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani and the prime minister of the HTS-linked Syrian Salvation Government, 'Ali Kedah.


Syria-Based Jihadi Cleric, Following Reopening Of Church In Idlib Area: The Christians In Syria Betrayed The Muslims; Aren't Worthy Of Their Protection; Should Not Enjoy Freedom Of Worship In The 'Liberated Areas'

On August 28, 2022, Syrian Christians west of Idlib held a ceremony in the village church for the first time in ten years. The event sparked harsh criticism from jihadi clerics who claimed that Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) permitted the ceremony as part of its efforts to ingratiate itself with the West, and that it protects the Christians more than it protects the Muslims.


U.S.-Born Syria-Based Jihadi Reporter Interviews U.S.-Born Preacher Based In Saudi Arabia, Known As 'The Muslim Cowboy'

On September 1, 2022, a media outlet operated by a Syria-based U.S.-born jihadi reporter streamed a live interview on YouTube with a U.S.-born Daw'ah preacher based in Medina, Saudi Arabia.


Syrian Opposition Website: Iran-Backed Militias Planning Attack On U.S. Forces In Syria

On August 31, 2022, a Syrian opposition website reported that a "senior Hizbullah military official" recently visited the town of Al-Mayadin, near Syria's Deir Al-Zour Governorate, and met with officials of Iran-backed militias in the area for the purpose of establishing drone cells to attack U.S. bases around the area.


Syrian Opposition Website: IRGC Building Large Base In Eastern Syria To Hold 'Advanced Weapons'

In a September 8, 2022 "exclusive" report, a Syrian opposition website claims that Iran is establishing "a large base to hold advanced weapons" in the  Deir Al-Zour area in eastern Syria.


Syrian Opposition Media Outlets Report: Iran Establishes Intel Center And Joint Operations Room With Syrian Regime

On September 4-5, 2022, three Syrian opposition media outlets reported that Iran had utilized its operatives in Syria to establish a center for intelligence-gathering and a joint operations room with the Syrian regime in the Homs area, in the center of the country.


Iran-Backed Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq Closes Its Offices Across Iraq After Bloody Clashes With Shi'ite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr's Militia In Basra

On September 1, 2022, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias, reported that Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) militia has decided to close all its offices in Iraq.


Despite UN Warnings, Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Holds Military Parade And Warns: Our Weapons Can Reach Every Target On Land Or Sea

On September 1, 2022, despite warnings not to do so from the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA), the Fifth Military Region Command of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement armed forces, which is based in Al-Hudaydah Governorate, held a military parade in which it displayed various types of weapons, among them surface-to-sea missiles and drones.


Lebanese Media: Lebanese Security Arrested Members Of ISIS Cell Active In Hizbullah Stronghold In Southern Lebanon Which Includes Operatives Who Fought In Syria, And One Female

On August 29, 2022, media in Lebanon reported that the Lebanese General Directorate of State Security in the Nabatieh Governorate had announced the arrest of members of an ISIS cell.


Lebanese Hizbullah-Affiliated Daily: 'Jihadi Exodus' From Idlib; Turkey Transferred Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Fighters To Afghanistan; Lebanese, Egyptian Fighters Wish To Return Home

On September 6, 2022, the Hizbullah-affiliated Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported that Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) has been removing from its leadership and rank and file jihadi figures who are not Syrian and forcing them out of the Idlib region.


Afghan Taliban Celebrate First Anniversary Of American Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Showcase Helicopters, Military Vehicles, Weapons Systems In Parades

On August 31, 2022, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, i.e., the Afghan Taliban, celebrated the first anniversary of the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan with the main ceremony being held at Bagram Airbase.


Unknown Group 'Jaish-e-Osama Mujahideen' Bombs Clinic Of Peshawar Doctor Who Refused To Pay Extortion Money

Urdu-language daily Roznama Aaj reported on August 30, 2022, that a group had bombed the clinic of one Dr. Azizullah, a resident of the Gulbahar area of Peshawar, whom they had tried to extort but who refused to pay them, according to a Pakistani newspaper.

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