May 7, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1054

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor Weekly: May 1 – 8, 2021

May 7, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1054

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: Afghan Taliban Pay Tribute To Late Founder: After 9/11 'He Ordered Everyone To Fight Till The Last Moment'; 'Thanks To This Jihad, The Same Superpower [America] Is Interacting With Us In A Way That It Did Not During Our Official Government'


On April 24, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) published two articles on its official website, paying tribute to the late Taliban founder and leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to mark the eighth anniversary of his death.


EXCLUSIVE: Calling For More Attacks, Pro-ISIS Outlet Reminds Muslims: Jihad Is Doubly Rewarded During Ramadan's Last Ten Days

On May 4, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a poster calling for jihad in the last ten days of Ramadan.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis Commemorate 10th Anniversary Of Bin Laden's Death, Vow To Finish What The 'Reinvigorating Leader' Started

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On May 3, 2021, jihadi groups and supporters commemorated the 10th anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.


EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda, ISIS Supporters Gloat Over Israel's Mount Meron Stampede

On April 30, 2021, jihadi channels on Telegram commented on the stampede that took place during a religious festival attended by ultra-Orthodox Jews in northern Israel.


EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): British Pro-ISIS Man Prays That Africa Becomes 'The Islamic State Of Africa,' Praises 9/11 Attacks

A UK-based Muslim man praises the Islamic State (ISIS) on his Facebook account, saying it should not be called a terrorist organization.


EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Editorial: Islamic State Is Not Re-Emerging – It Was Never Defeated; Coalition Armies Justify Failure With Excuses Like COVID-19; U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq Is Outcome Of Attrition War; Baghouz Battle Inspired New Generation Of Supporters To Join ISIS

On April 30, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released an issue of its weekly, which included an editorial celebrating recent attacks launched by the group in different regions.


EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Opposition Website: Militias Loyal To Iran In Eastern Syria Aim Ground-To-Ground Missile Launchers At Areas Under U.S. And SDF Control

On May 1, 2021, a Syrian opposition website reported that in recent hours the militias loyal to Iran had positioned ground-to-ground missile launchers facing an oilfield, where there are forces of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).


EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Celebrates Wave Of COVID-19 Cases In India

On May 2, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released on its new website a poster celebrating the recent wave of COVID-19 cases in India.


As In Previous Years, Ramadan Witnesses Sharp Rise In ISIS Attacks

The Islamic State (ISIS) appears to have stepped up its attacks in several regions over the first 17 days of the fasting month of Ramadan, but particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Africa.


ISIS Claims Capturing Three Nigerian Soldiers During Attack In Nigeria's Yobe State, Near Niger Border

On May 4, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a detailed statement about an operation carried out by its fighters on April 29, 2021 in Nigeria's Yobe state, near the borders with Niger.


ISIS Publishes Photos Of 'Caliphate Soldiers' Diaries During The Blessed Month Of Ramadan' From Syria, Egypt, Iraq

As it does every year, the Islamic State (ISIS) published on Telegram several photos documenting the daily life of fighters in Syria's Homs province, Egypt's Sinai province, and Iraq's Diyala province.


Islamic State's West Africa Province Releases Photos Of 18 Tuaregs Belonging To 'Apostate' MNLA Killed In Mali

On May 3, 2021, the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) released on Telegram a set of graphic photos showing a burned vehicle and 18 corpses of fighters belonging to an "apostate" Tuareg rebels group.


Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Article Analyzes Tactics Used By Enemies To Demonize ISIS And Push People Away From It

On April 27, 2021, a pro-ISIS outlet published an article claiming that former U.S. president Barack Obama stressed that to defeat ISIS militarily, it had to be defeated in the media war.


Coverpage Article In Issue 15 Of ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Rejects International Law, Says: 'What The United Nations... Legislated Is Contrary To The Ruling Of Jihad In Islam'

An article in the English-language jihadi magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") questions the universal acceptance of international law.


 ISIS Magazine 'Sawt Al-Hind' Eulogizes Slain Kashmiri Jihadi

An article in the English-language jihadi magazine Sawt Al-Hind ("The Voice of India") eulogizes a Kashmiri jihadi fighter who was killed in recently by the Indian security forces in Kashmir Valley.


Pro-ISIS Posters Celebrate 45 Jews Killed, 150 Wounded In Religious Celebration In Israel; Threaten To Invade Israel And Slaughter Jews

A deadly accident during a religious celebration in Israel was celebrated by jihadis on social media, including supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, and Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).


Al-Shabab Releases English Translations Of Lectures From Deputy Leader Addressing Those 'Blessed By Allah To Join The Caravan Of Jihad'

On April 26, 27, and 28, 2021, the media wing of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Al-Shabab, released English translations of the first three parts of a lecture series delivered by the group's deputy leader.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Claims Attacks On French, Swedish, UN Forces In Mali

On May 2, 2021, the official outlet of an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the Sahel region issued a brief statement claiming responsibility for targeting European and United Nations forces in Mali.


Al-Qaeda Supporter Shares Video Of French Journalist Who Says He Is Being Held Captive By Group For The Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) In Mali, Calls On France To Free Him

On May 5, 2021, an Al-Qaeda supporter shared on a Telegram a brief video showing a French journalist kidnapped in Mali.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Channel Alleges GSIM Behind Burkina Faso Ambush, Posts Photos Of Spanish, Irish Victims

On April 28, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda channel on an Al-Qaeda-operated server and on Telegram channel shared posts celebrating the killing of two Spanish journalists and an Irish national.


Pro Al-Qaeda Outlet Praises 'Martyr' Who Carried Out Deadly Stabbing Of Policewoman In France, Urges Muslims In The West To Follow His Example

On May 5, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet released a statement lauding the April 23 killing of a French policewoman in Rambouillet, near Paris.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Praises Killer Of French Police Officer, Ties 'Blessed Operation' To Al-Qaeda-Linked Manhattan Wolves Magazine, Calls Attack 'A Major Development In Muslims' Conquests Inside Europe'

On May 3, 2021, a pro-Al-Qaeda outlet published on Telegram an article praising the killer of a French female police officer on April 23 in the town of Rambouillet, southwest of Paris.


In Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Video, Captured Islamic State (ISIS) Governor Of Hama Acknowledges ISIS Is Kharijite Organization And Has Been Defeated

On May 1, 2021, a media outlet of the Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), released a video featuring an "exclusive" interview with the former Islamic State (ISIS) governor of the organization's now-defunct Hama Province in central Syria.


Two Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Groups In Iraq Claim Responsibility For Same Attack On U.S. Forces

On May 4, 2021, Telegram channels which support the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq reported the detonation of several explosive devices on the American forces' convoys crossing between Iraq and Kuwait.


On 18th Anniversary, Iranian-Backed Shi'ite Militia Celebrates Military, Political Roles, Vows To Expel All Foreign Troops From Iraq, Confront Current Government's 'Wrong Economic Policies'

On May 3, 2021, the leader of an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia tweeted a statement signed by him marking the anniversary of the founding of his group following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Claims Suicide Bombing Of Hotel In Quetta: 'The Martyrdom-Seeker Mujahid Targeted The [Pakistani] Security Officials'

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP) carried out a suicide car bombing on April 21, 2021, at the elite Serena Hotel in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, where the Chinese ambassador was staying, along with other Chinese officials.


Female Afghan Taliban Writer: 'Feminist Ideology Has Been Utilized For Decades As A Western Justification For The Invasion, Subjugation, And Bullying Of Muslims'

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On April 28, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) published an article criticizing the West over its concerns that the Taliban's rise to power in Kabul will adversely affect women's rights in Afghanistan.


Afghan Taliban, In Long Video Showing Elite Jihadi Commandos Training In Many Environments, Signal Readiness To Fight Long-Term In Afghanistan

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) has released a new video of its elite jihadi commandos undergoing high-intensity training and preparing for a bigger fight in Afghanistan.

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