The Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism presents periodical insights on the latest significant issues discussed in Jihadi forums. The review covers a broad range of fields and presents trends in the dialogue between Jihadi activists and supporters. It examines new Jihadi publications as well as traditional news sources, and includes: leaders' statements, Jihadi magazines, interesting correspondence which stimulated dialogue, specific threats and clues regarding attacks, predicted future activity and more.
The month of Ramadan saw a significant increase in the number of threats made by jihadist organizations, especially the Islamic State, to attack western countries. At the same time, there was also a rise in the number of terrorist attacks that were carried out in the field and their level of cruelty, such as the three attacks that were carried out in Saudi Arabia in the beginning of July 2016. The popular encrypted chat software, Telegram, serves as a rather convenient platform for jihadist organizations’ propaganda and psychological warfare against the West.
Saif al-Adel (meaning: "Sword of Justice") is a pseudonym for Mohammed bin Salah al-Din Zidan, an Egyptian strategist from the generation of Al-Qaeda's founders. Zidan was in charge of security for Bin Laden, and was also the organization's explosives expert. He was involved – among other things – in planning the attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. In recent years, Zidan's location has been a mystery, though it is commonly assumed that he was under house arrest in Iran, and eventually released – according a September 2015 report.
The media institution called "The Al-Himma Library", which publishes pamphlets and manifestos for the Islamic State, published a new edition of a document entitled "Thirty Suggestions for Islamic State Emirs and Soldiers". The document was originally authored by Abd al-Mun'im bin Izz al-Din al-Badawi, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer and as Abu Ayyub al-Misri. Al-Misri was a prominent Egyptian Jihadist official who served as a leader of Al Qaida in Iraq after the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and was killed in a raid on his home in April, 2010. The document was initially published in November 2010 by The Al-Himma Library, which operated under the auspices of the Islamic State of Iraq. In the introduction, which was composed by the Al-Himma Library, it was explained that the new edition was published five years after al-Misri's death (the first new edition was published in January 2015, and the second in February 2016), in hopes that the mujahedeen and the emirs in the Islamic Caliphate would find it beneficial.
Islamist terrorist organizations, such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, show a great interest in cyberspace an important and central tool in increasing their technological capabilities and as another arena of activity in their war against the West. These organizations are undergoing a constant learning process characterized by their attempt to find tools in cyberspace to help them gather intelligence material concerning the enemy’s capabilities and to implement technological tools among their ranks. Since September 2015, we have witnessed a significant increase in the use of the Telegram software (software for sending encrypted instant messages) by the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. In March 2016 alone, 700 new channels identified with the Islamic State were opened.