Saturday, 24 August 2013

he 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 jttmsubs@memri.orgwith "Membership" in the subject line.)
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On August 19, 2013, the Iraqi news website reported that the Iraqi security forces managed to uncover four small-sized remotely-controlled aircraft, believed to be used by terrorist elements for surveillance purposes, in the city of Mosul.


Maulana Asmatullah Muawiya, a key militant commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab (TTP) whose threat forced Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to postpone the scheduled hanging of three top militants in mid-August, has called for attacks on European embassies across the world. 
In a high-definition video released by Umar Media, the broadcasting arm of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan which is headed by Hakimullah Mehsud, Maulana Asmatullah Muawiya urges Muslim youth to replicate the attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.

On August 17, 2013, the Russian-language jihadi website published an interview with "an old friend", a mujahid called Abu 'Issa who came to fight in Syria. In this interview, Abu 'Issa provides his assessment of the military situation in the country, talks about the mujahideen's relationship with the local population and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and also offers his advice to other Muslims who intend to arrive in Syria for jihad.
Mujahideen in Syria (image:
The following are excerpts from the interview.
Hunafa: "Tell us about yourself."
Abu 'Issa: "...I came to Islam [i.e., became devout] after the first Chechen war [1994-1996]. During the second Chechen war, [which started in 1999], I tried to join the mujahideen. Starting in 2000, I participated in jihad in Chechnya and Ingushetia, [fighting] in different [jihad] groups. Afterwards, I was forced to go overseas... When the opportunity arose, I went to Syria..."

In a communiqué dated August 22, 2013, posted on the jihadi website Shumoukh Al-Islam, the Salafiyya-Jihadiyya Organization In Sinai accuses the Egyptian police and army of perpetrating a "heinous and unforgivable massacre against unarmed Muslims," and of killing thousands of men, women and children in Egypt's squares and mosques and in Abu Za'bal prison

On August 19, 2013, a Burmese jihadi group released a YouTube video in which it urged the mujahedeen worldwide to join them in their fight against the government and the Buddhist inhabitants. The video, which was produced by the International Communication Agency (INCA News), about which little is known, and posted on leading jihadi forums, features an unidentified young man among a group of masked militants reading a statement from a piece of paper.

In a video released by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban shadow government), the Taliban militants are shown executing Shi'ite Afghan security personnel. The video, which was released by the Culture and Information Commission of the Islamic Emirate, is devoted to Taliban operations in various parts of Afghanistan's Maidan-Wardak province.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab, a mix of militants from the Pakistani Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), has issued a communique warning the Pakistani government that the scheduled execution of three key militants next week will be considered a "declaration of war" by the ruling party. A moratorium on death penalties in Pakistan, in place since 2008, ended on June 30.


In a recent interview, the Taliban's jihadi in-charge for Paktia province, Moulavi Abdul Kareem, claims that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan led by Mullah Omar is poised to take over after the Americans leave in 2014.
Kareem, originally a resident of Said-Abad district of Maidan-Ward province, has been in-charge of jihadi operations in Paktia, a southeastern province of Afghanistan, for two years.
The interview, published by an official website of the Islamic Emirate, the Taliban's shadow government, was accompanied by a note: "After the Americans absconded from Paktia province, the writ of the Islamic Emirate has been restored and fortified in several areas."
Following are excerpts from the interview:[1]
"[The] Two Main Highways Of Paktia Province i.e. 'Gardez-Ghazni' And 'Gardez-Tsamkani' Have Been Closed For The Enemy; These Highways Are Now Fully Controlled By Mujahideen"
"About the jihadi situation inside Paktia province, I would like to say that [after] I visited various districts and jihadi frontlines of this province, stayed with mujahideen in their strongholds, saw the civilian people and closely observed the situation of the enemy, I reached the conclusion that by the grace of Allah Almighty, the jihadi environment was encouraging and gainful for mujahideen as compared to all the previous years.

A local unit of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has released a pamphlet asking all Muslims not to go to polling stations for the August 22 bypolls in Pakistan.
The hand-written pamphlet, dated August 18, 2013, was released by the TTP branch in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Syed Abdul Karim Tunda with colored beard (image:
After a hunt lasting over two decades, Indian police announced August 16 that they had arrested Abdul Quddus, aka Syed Abdul Karim, aka Tunda, a terror mastermind wanted in more than 40 cases of bomb blasts in Indian cities outside Jammu & Kashmir state, according to Indian media reports.

Jihadis are currently gaining basic knowledge in identifying vulnerable website for the purpose of executing SQL injection attacks against them. Recently, a "comprehensive" workshop on the matter was opened on the Al-Fida' jihadi forum, which is a first-tier Al-Qaeda forum. The workshop aimed at providing jihadis with the needed skills to execute attacks on various types of databases, with focus on the MySQL database.

On August 20, 2013, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released Spanish and Arabic translation of Inspiremagazine's tutorial on home manufacture of explosives.