April 30, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1052

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor Weekly: April 24 – May 1, 2021

April 30, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1052

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: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Top Cleric Congratulates Afghan Taliban On U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Claims Syria's HTS, Turkistan Islamic Party Follow The Taliban's Model

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On April 28, 2021, the religious official of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published a post on his Telegram channel commenting on the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporter Says ISIS Will Now Carry Out Kidnaping Operations

On April 29, 2021,  an ISIS supporter on Rocket.Chat published a poster claiming that ISIS will carry out kidnapping operations in addition to the bombings and shootings it uses against its enemies.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): On Facebook, U.S. Pro-ISIS Man Prays For Release From Prison Of Man Who Detonated Pipe Bomb Under Times Square, Praises Al-Qaeda Gunmen Who Attacked Charlie Hebdo Offices

A U.S.-based jihadi is vocal about his pro-Islamic State (ISIS) views and praises jihadis who perpetrated attacks in the U.S. and in France.


ISIS Demolition Of Electrical Tower In Iraq Joins Operations In Niger, India As Part Of 'Economic War' On The Organization's Enemies

On April 26, 2021, the Islamic State's (ISIS) Iraq province claimed that its fighters had planted explosives and detonated them on an electrical transmission tower in Iraq.


ISIS's India Province Claims Attack On Barracks Of 'Infidel' Indian Police

On April 24, 2021, the Islamic State's Wilayat Al-Hind, or India Province, claimed responsibility for an April 23 attack on an Indian police barracks in Jammu and Kashmir.


ISIS Weekly Details Assassination Of Afghan Taliban Commander In Pakistan

An article in Issue 283 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly details the recent ISIS assassination of a senior Afghan Taliban commander in Pakistan.


ISIS Claims Attack In Aleppo Province

On April 24, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a raid on a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) position in Aleppo Province, Syria.


ISIS Weekly: Russian Defense Ministry's Claim Of Successful Offensive In Syrian Desert Is A Lie

Issue 283 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly included an article describing how ISIS fighters repelled a Russian air assault in the desert in Syria's Homs Governorate.


ISIS In Nigeria Claims That In A Large Scale Raid On A Nigerian Army Base, It Killed 33 Soldiers And Seized Armored Vehicles

On April 27, 2021, the Islamic State's (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) published a report via the official ISIS news agency stating that on Sunday April 25, 2021, the group had conducted a large-scale raid on Nigerian army positions.


ISIS In Nigeria Releases Images Documenting Large-Scale Raid On Army Base

On April 27, 2021, Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a set of images documenting the Sunday April 25, 2021 large-scale raid on Nigerian Army.


ISIS In Nigeria Claims Takeover Of Town In Yobe State

On April 25, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province (ISWAP) published a communique reporting that the organization's fighters had attacked and taken control of a town in Yobe State, Nigeria.


Islamic State's Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Releases Images Documenting Attack On Three Congolese Military Barracks In Democratic Republic Of The Congo

On April 25, 2021, the Islamic State's Central Africa Province (ISCAP) released on Telegram several images documenting its April 24 attack on three Congolese army barracks.


ISIS Editorial: Recent Attacks In Africa Prove The Caliphate Is Expanding; Fighters In Iraq Will Not Back Down

On April 23, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released issue no. 283 of its newspaper, which included an editorial titled "From Baghdad to Africa," highlighting the recent activities of ISIS fighters in Africa and the expansion of the Caliphate beyond Iraq.


ISIS's Khurasan Province Claims Killing Afghan 'Polytheist Sorcerer'

On April 25, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Khurasan Province claimed the killing of an Afghan "polytheist sorcerer" in his home in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.


ISIS's Khurasan Province Claims Killing Four 'Polytheist' Shi'ites; Bombing Of Member Of Parliament's Vehicle In Jalalabad

On April 21, 2021, the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for killing four Afghan Shi'ites on the road in western Afghanistan, and for the bombing of a vehicle belonging to an Afghan Member of Parliament in the city of Jalalabad.


Supporters Speculate ISIS Responsible For Execution Of Three Europeans In Burkina Faso, Say: 'France Is Losing Africa'

On April 27, 2021, supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Telegram celebrated media reports that an April 26 armed ambush killed two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen in Burkina Faso.


Recalling Raids On Prisons In Iraq And Syria, Pro-ISIS Outlet Releases Video Urging Fighters To Free Muslim Prisoners

On April 28, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a video urging supporters and fighters to free female prisoners held in Syria's refugee camps.


Article In Issue 15 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Slams Maldivian Military For Ties With U.S. And India

An article in Issue 15 of the English-language jihadi magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") criticizes the Maldivian military's relations with the U.S. and India.


Issue 15 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Targets Maldivian Military's Relationship With 'Crusader' U.S. Military, Pays Tribute To Slain ISIS Terrorist

The latest issue of the jihadi magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India"), published by ISIS supporters in India, targets the American military's relationship with the Maldives's security forces, declaring the entire Maldivian government to be apostate.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): U.S. Man Promotes Jihad And Martyrdom On Facebook, Shares Content From Prominent Al-Qaeda Clerics

A U.S.-based Facebook user publishes jihadi posts glorifying martyrdom and shares content from Al-Qaeda clerics.


Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): U.S. Jihadi On Facebook Praises ISIS, Celebrates Recent Attacks By U.S. Muslims

A U.S.-based Facebook user with over 3,000 friends celebrates recent attacks perpetrated by Muslims in the U.S., and supports the call issued by a U.S.-based jihadi imam for the establishment of a Caliphate.


Stepping Up Suicide Attacks, Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Suicide Attack On Somali Custodial Corps Headquarters

On April 28, 2021, the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the Somali Custodial Corps headquarters in the capital Mogadishu.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Wolves Of Manhattan Magazine Offers Overview Of Traditional Cryptography Methods

On April 14, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet released the second issue of its "Wolves of Manhattan" magazine, which included several articles, among which was the second part of "Wolf Wishes for Encryption," a series of articles about traditional encryption methods lone wolf operatives can use.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine Calls For Supporting Muslims Of Rohingya During Ramadan, Condemns Secularism As 'Diabolic' Means To Thwart Shari'a, Claims France's Proposed Ban On Hijab, Egypt's 'Parade Of Pharaohs' Are Part Of War On Islam

On April 27, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda publisher released Issue 19 of the Ibnat Al-Islam ("Daughter of Islam") a women's magazine.


Anonymous Jihadi Group Claims Assassination Attempt On Chief Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Security Official, To Avenge HTS Assaults On Women

Late on the night of April 21-22, 2021, a man was shot dead outside in Idlib, Syria by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) security operatives.


After Uzbek Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Fighters Carry Out Unauthorized Raid On Regime Forces, Opponents Condemn HTS For Allegedly Forbidding Such Operations

On April 21, 2021, several Syrian pro-rebel Telegram channels reported that mujahideen had carried out an inghimasi (commando-style raid behind enemy lines) attack on regime forces south of Idlib.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Linked General Security Service Releases Video Featuring Confessions Of Alleged Kidnappers And Killers Of Minister In HTS-Linked Salvation Government

On April 21, 2021, the Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-linked General Security Service (GSS) released a video featuring members of a cell apprehended by the GSS confessing to involvement in the recent kidnapping and murder of a minister in the HTS-linked Syrian Salvation Government.


Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Border Guards Call For Applicants Between 18-30, List WhatsApp And Telegram Contact Details

On April 26, 2021, a pro-Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel published a poster announcing that registration is now open for individuals between the 18 and 30 to join the General Administration of Border Guards. According to the announcement, in addition to the age requirement, applicants must also be healthy, physically fit, fully devoted to work, and must pass the course tests.


Jihadi Group Claims IED Attack On Turkish Military Convoy In Idlib, Syria

On April 27, 2021, a jihadi group claimed it had carried out an IED detonation on a Turkish military convoy in the southern countryside of Idlib.


Jihadi Group Ansar Al-Islam Releases Second Video Documenting Attacks In Syria, Highlighting Various Weapons

On April 22, 2021, the media arm of the jihadi group Ansar Al-Islam, which is operating in Syria and Iraq, released on Telegram the second part of a video series documenting the group's attacks against the Syrian regime.


Two Unknown Groups – One Kurdish And One Shi'ite – Claim Responsibility For Rocket Fire At Baghdad Airport

Late at night on April 22, 2021, three rockets fell in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport.


Following Fire At Baghdad Hospital, Group Affiliated With Pro-Iranian Militias In Iraq Calls For Revenge On Iraqi PM

On April 24, 2021, a fire broke out in a hospital in Baghdad due to an explosion in the oxygen tanks used for the treatment of Coronavirus patients.


Group Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias Offers Condolences To Victims Of Recent Hospital Fire, Accuses U.S. Of Being Behind 'Chaos' In Iraq

On April 27, 2021, a group affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq released a statement on Telegram offering condolences to the dozens of victims of a recent fire in a hospital in Baghdad.

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