Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: April 23 – 30, 2022 | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

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: Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) Claims Suicide Bombing Of Chinese Nationals At Karachi University, Says It Is First Martyrdom-Seeking Attack By A Woman Bomber

In the afternoon of April 26, 2022, a burqa-clad woman blew herself up near a van close to the Confucius Institute, a Chinese language teaching center at Karachi University in Pakistan.


EXCLUSIVE: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Cleric Criticizes Elon Musk’s Acquisition Of Twitter As Capitalist Attempt To ‘Enslave Humanity To Money’

On April 27, 2022, a cleric Yahya affiliated with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) based in Syria lambasted Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, which the cleric said exemplified democracy’s objective to “enslave humanity to money.”


EXCLUSIVE: German- And Turkish-Speaking Twitter Users Promote Jihad, Praise Recent Attacks In Israel

In March and April of 2022, Turkish- and German-speaking Twitter users promoted jihad.


In Line With ISIS ‘Raid Of Revenge’ Campaign, Supporters Call For Lone Wolf Attacks In West, Promote News Of Attacks In Uzbekistan, Syria, Libya

Supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) shared posts on different social media platforms celebrating the group’s new “Raid of Revenge” campaign, which was announced in an April 17, 2022 audio message by ISIS spokesman Abu Hamzah Al-Qurashi to avenge the deaths of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi and Abu Hamzah Al-Qurashi.


ISIS Claims Four Attacks In Afghanistan, Including Two Large-Scale Attacks On Airport And Shi’ite Mosque

On April 21, 2022, the Islamic State’s (ISIS) official media reported that the group’s fighters had killed and wounded more than 100 Afghani Shi’ite worshippers in an IED attack on a mosque in Mazar Sharif, northern Afghanistan.


WARNING — GRAPHIC: ISIS Central Africa Province Photos Documenting April 21 Attack On Christian Village In DRC

On April 24, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Central Africa Province (ISCAP) released a photoset documenting an attack claimed by the group on April 21, 2022 on the Christian village of Kisoro in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


ISIS Weekly Editorial Stresses Importance Of Unity And Coordinated Action For Furthering ISIS’s Objectives

On April 21, 2022, Issue 335 of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) weekly newsletter, Al-Naba’, included an editorial titled “One State and Unified Raid.”


In Ongoing ISIS Campaign, ISIS West Africa Province Expands Southward Into Two New Nigerian States

On April 23, 2022, the official Islamic State (ISIS) A’maq News Agency reported, quoting “security sources,” that the organization’s fighters had perpetrated an “armed attack” earlier that day on a Nigerian police headquarters in the town of Ogaminana, in the state of Kogi “in the south of the country.”


ISIS Libya Province Publishes Photos Documenting Fighters’ Ramadan Activities

On April 23, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Libya Province released a photoset showing its fighters in Libya observing Ramadan.


ISIS West Africa Province Publishes Photos Documenting Ramadan Activities

On April 25, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province released a photoset documenting the activities of its fighters during the month of Ramadan.


Pro-ISIS Group Announces A Comeback, Releases Infographic Recapping ISIS Attacks Targeting Christians In DRC Between April 2-14, 2022

On April 19, 2022, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Moata Agency released an English-language infographic summarizing ISIS’s attacks targeting Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from April 2-14, 2022.


Pro-ISIS Foundation Releases Video Accusing Israel Of Trying To Destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, Vows ISIS, Not Palestinian Factions, Will Liberate Jerusalem

On April 25, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released an 11-minute video titled, “We are Coming, O Al-Aqsa.”


As Egyptian Army And Allied Tribes Claim Progress Against ISIS In Sinai, Supporters Focus On ISIS Successes, Threaten Sinai Tribes

In recent days, the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for several attacks against “militias allied with the Egyptian Army” in two parts of the Sinai Peninsula.


Australian ISIS Supporter Who Recently Traveled To China And Iraq Shares Content By Western Jihadi Clerics Musa Cerantonio, Anjem Choudary, Abu Baraa On Facebook

On Facebook, an Australian Islamic State (ISIS) supporter shares content by pro-ISIS preachers such as Musa Cerantonio, Anjem Choudary, and Abu Baraa.


Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet On Telegram Ridicules ISIS’s ‘Raid Of Revenge’ Campaign, Questions Legitimacy Of New ‘Unknown’ Caliph, Encourages ISIS Fighters To Desert Him

On April 22, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel shared a post commenting on the Islamic State (ISIS) spokesman’s recent audio message in which he called on the group’s fighters to escalate attacks to avenge ISIS leaders Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi and Abu Hamzah Al-Qurashi who were killed in a U.S. airstrike in Idlib, Syria.


Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Killing Or Wounding Dozens, Including Senior Police And Army Officials, In Bombing At Mogadishu Restaurant

On April 22, 2022, the official media outlet of Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) claimed the group’s fighters had detonated an explosion earlier that day in Mogadishu, targeting “a gathering of high-ranking officials and officers and delegates from the Somali government parliament.”


Al-Shabab Video Shows Ramadan Quran Competition For Somali Schoolboys With Cash Prizes

On April 25, 2022, the media arm of Al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate Al-Shabab released the second video in a series of 15 episodes documenting a Ramadan Quran competition for schoolboys in Somalia.


Mali-Based Al-Qaeda Affiliate Claims Capture Of Russian Wagner Group Member, Attacks On Malian, MINUSMA Forces

On April 24, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Sahel released a statement in Arabic, French, and English versions claiming several operations carried out by the group in Mali since mid-February.


Chief Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Religious Official Rules Muslims Must Sacrifice Their Lives To Defend Al-Aqsa, Condemns Those Who Normalize Relations With Israel

On April 21, 2022, the chief religious official for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published a brief post on Telegram in which he stresses the importance of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Islam, calls on Muslims to sacrifice their lives to defend it and the rest of Palestine, and condemns Muslims who normalize relations with Israel.


Opponents Of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Accuse It Of Indoctrinating Children To Jihadi Ideology, Cite Glorification Of Commander Of Chechen Jihad In Sixth-Grade Textbook

On April 22, 2022, a self-described “activist” based in Idlib, Syria and a supporter of the Syrian jihadi group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the most powerful in the Idlib area, posted an image on his Telegram channel showing a page from the sixth-grade English textbook used in a local school system, which is affiliated with HTS.


Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Video Commemorating April 2015 Takeover Of Jisr Al-Shughur, Syria

On April 25, 2022, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a Uyghur-language video commemorating the April 2015 takeover of Jisr Al-Shughur, Syria, by TIP militants and other Salafi-jihadi insurgents.


Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Photos Of Fighters On Outskirts of Hama, Syria

On April 22, 2022, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released six photos of its fighters in the Al-Ghab plains, west of Hama, Syria.


Syrian Opposition Website Exposes Iran’s Efforts To Expand Influence In Syria; Establishment Of Drone Maintenance Workshop Near Homs

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) recently published two reports which shed additional light on the Iranian effort to take advantage of Russia’s war in Ukraine to entrench the hold of Tehran and the militias loyal to it in central and northeastern Syria.


Syrian Opposition Website: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) And Al-Nujaba Plan To Establish New Militia, Guardians Of Aleppo

On April 24, 2022, a Syrian opposition website reported that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intends to work with Hizbullah and with the Al-Nujaba movement to establish a new militia in the eastern rural area of Aleppo in northern Syria.


Following ISIS Attack On Shi’ite Mosque In Mazar-i-Sharif, Iran-Backed Al-Nujaba Declares: ‘Arm Of Axis Of Resistance May Attack Enemies Of Allah Anytime And In Any Place’

On April 21, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) official media reported that the organization’s fighters had killed or wounded more than 100 Afghan Shi’ite worshippers in an IED attack on a mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan.


Iran-Backed Group Claims Four Attacks In Four Days Against U.S. Forces In Iraq In The Ramadan of Targeting Campaign

Between April 21 and 24, 2022, the Iran-backed Shi’ite group Ashab Al-Kahf (People of the Cave) claimed responsibility for four attacks against American forces, in the framework of its Ramadan of Targeting campaign against U.S. forces in Iraq, referred to as the Al-Qa’im campaign in Arabic.


Kuwaiti Daily: Iran Transferred Rockets And Drones To Iraq To Respond Militarily To U.S. Refusal To Strike Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) From Terrorist List

On April 25, 2022, a Kuwaiti daily reported that according to “sources in Tehran,” Iran had transferred the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) rocket and drone unit to Iraq, to respond from there to the positions of the U.S. in the framework of the nuclear talks in Vienna.


Telegram Channels Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq: Iraqi Hackers Disrupted Turkish Government Websites

On April 22, 2022, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias claimed that cyberattacks originating from the Iraqi territories targeted the websites of the office of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey’s state-run Anadolu News Agency in retaliation for Turkish military operations in northern Iraq.



Cyberteam Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Claims Responsibility For Disrupting Websites Of Iraqi Televisions, Turkish Military Company, Threatens To Launch More

On April 23, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared a post that might be suggesting an upcoming cyberattack targeting the electrical grid in unidentified country.


Cyber Group Associated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Claims Responsibility For Third Attack In Three Days, Now Against Saudi Arabia

On April 23, 2022, a group claimed responsibility for a cyberattack against the websites of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy and the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).


In Fourth Attack In One Day, Hacking Group Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Targets Website Of Saudi-Funded Al-Hadath News

On April 25, 2022, Al-Tahera Team, a cyber group affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq claimed responsibility for a cyber attack aimed at disrupting the website and livestream of the Saudi-funded Al-Hadath news channel, which is part of the Al-Arabiya Network.


Telegram Channel Supporting Shi’ite Militias In Iraq Urges Militia Supporters To Join Russian VK Social Media Network

On April 28, 2022, a Telegram channel that supports the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, called on supporters of the militias to leave Facebook and join the Russian VK social media network, which is based in Saint Petersburg.


In Week Ending April 17, 2022, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Carried Out Major Attacks In Waziristan And Other Border Areas, Pakistan Army Major Among Several Soldiers Killed

Following are details of attacks that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) claimed during the week ending April 17, 2022.


Indian Website Profiles Fugitive Jihadi Financier Farhatullah Ghauri, States: ‘Ghauri Calls For The Assassination Of Judge A.R. Patel, Who Tried The Cases Of Indian Mujahideen [IM] Terrorists’

Recently, an Indian news website published a profile of fugitive jihadi financier Farhatullah Ghauri, who is believed to be in Pakistan.


Minister Of Minerals And Petroleum Of Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: Taliban Have Attained ‘Tremendous Achievements;’ Soon The World Will Recognize The Islamic Emirate; Women’s Rights Will Be Enshrined In Law ‘In Accordance With The Laws Of Islam’

On April 18, 2022, the Taliban published issue 195 of their official Arabic-language Al-Somood monthly magazine, which includes a wide-ranging interview with Shahabuddin Delawar, the Minister of Minerals and Petroleum of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.


Taliban Executive Order Outlaws Neckties For Male Students And Teachers

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization which seized power on August 15, 2021) has issued an executive order banning the wearing of necktie in schools and universities across Afghanistan.


During First Quarter Of 2022, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Claims To Have Killed And Wounded 331 Pakistani Soldiers

In a statement, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has claimed to have killed 159 members of the Pakistani security forces from January through March 2022.

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