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.