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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According to an Urdu-language daily, the United States has freed 1,500 members of the Haqqani Network in exchange for a CIA official who was being held by the Taliban.
The Taliban issued a statement claiming that celebrations have continued in parts of Afghanistan over the signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement in Doha, Qatar.
An article in Issue 225 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly newspaper, quotes a source who provided details on two incidents in which two U.S. soldiers were killed.
The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating terror-related activity / sympathies.
On March 12, 2020, the Islamic State (ISIS) published an editorial in Issue 225 of its weekly newspaper Al-Naba' detailing the group's recent attacks in Afghanistan.
On March 15, 2020, an Al-Qaeda-aligned group comprising of several Syrian jihadi factions, released a statement rejecting all the international peace talks and agreements regarding the situation in Syria.
On March 19, 2020, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released an audio recording featuring its newly appointed leader Khaled Batarfi pledging allegiance to the leader of Al-Qaeda Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and vowing to take revenge on the U.S. for the killing of the former AQAP leader Qasem Al-Rimi.
The editorial of the March 19, 2020 issue of the ISIS weekly Al-Naba', titled "The Crusaders' Worst Nightmare," urges Muslims to take advantage of the coronavirus epidemic to free prisoners from the "prisons of the polytheists and the camps of humiliation."
On March 14, 2020, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province claimed responsibility for an attack in eastern Mali on March 10.
On March 13, 2020, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video from the Kirkuk region of its Iraq province.
On March 18, 2020, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group released a poster that depicts an attack on the State Historical Museum in Moscow, Russia.
On March 13, 2020, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group released a poster outlining both safe, and unsafe apps for ISIS supporters to use.
On March 11, 2020, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters launched a new blog.
On March 16, 2020, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video containing an audio message from the group's leader.
On March 17, 2020, Al-Qaeda In the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement eulogizing two senior Al-Qaeda leaders who were killed in an airstrike in Mali.
On March 18, 2020, an Al-Qaeda supporter shared a 22-page article written by Al-Qaeda veteran cleric Abu 'Abd Al-Karim Al-Gharbi, titled "What Is Expected From The Mujahid Brother In Syria Today?"
On March 17, 2020, the media arm of Al-Shabab reported that the group killed more than 52 African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troops and "pro-government militia" fighters, and wounded 35 others, in clashes.
Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): On Social Media, Jihadi And Pro-ISIS English-Speaking Users From U.S., Ireland, And Australia Call The Coronavirus A 'Soldier Of Allah'; ISIS Widow Claims Virus Has Reached Camp Roj
The following are some responses of jihadi and pro-ISIS English-speaking social media users to the coronavirus.
The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's Doha-based Political Office assured the international community that it would cooperate in dealing with cases of coronavirus in Afghanistan.
According to a report in a pro-Taliban Urdu daily, the Haqqani Network, militarily the most powerful terrorist unit in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), has threatened that if the U.S.-Taliban deal is not honored, it can take over Kabul in 48 hours.
A report published by a Taliban website claims that 648 Afghan government officials defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) during February 2020.
A Salafi group active in Afghanistan for the past 24 years has joined the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), according to a report in a pro-Taliban Urdu-language daily.
On March 14, 2020, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a report and a statement claiming victories against Daesh (ISIS, or the Islamic State) in the eastern part of Afghanistan.