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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 Islamic State’s Propaganda Activities in the Shadow of the Battle in Mosul

13/11/2016 | by Barak, Michael (Dr.)
In Mid-October 2016, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Shi’ite militias launched a campaign to eradicate the Islamic State from its stronghold in Mosul, in Iraq, with American backup. On the surface, it seems that the organization is experiencing strategic distress in light of its territorial losses in Syrian and Iraq.
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The Grozny Conference in Chechnya – Is the Salafi Movement a Rotten Fruit of Sunni Islam?

09/11/2016 | by Barak, Michael (Dr.)
The Salafi movement in Sunni Islam has experienced a strong jolt recently, not only in terms of a challenge to its worldview but even to its very existence. On August 25-27, an international conference held in Grozny, Chechnya, was attended by over 200 leading Muslim clerics from various Islamic schools of thought, sponsored by the president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov (see photo), and with the blessing of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Al-Sumud Magazine – A Review

13/07/2016 | by JWMG Desk
Al-Sumud is an Arabic language magazine published by the Taliban in Afghanistan, which covers the jihad objectives in the Afghan arena. The organization, which is also called the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan", is an Islamic jihad Sunni organization first active in Afghanistan in 1994, after the fall off the Soviet regime in that country. Initially, the organization was for the most part comprised of students pursuing Islamic Studies, and thus the new name "Taliban" – literally meaning "students". The organization ruled in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when the United States entered Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. Today, the organization is headed by Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, appointed as leader in May 2016 after the death of the previous leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour – who was killed by an American drone. Today the organization's activities focus on two areas: terror attacks against foreign forces in the country and against the Afghan government, and conquest of Afghan lands and the implementation of Sharia law in the occupied regions.
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“Today in Florida, Tomorrow Berlin”: The Threat by Islamic State Operatives to Attack Germany

10/07/2016 | by JWMG Desk

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.

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"Struggle and Winds of Change" – Revolution and Guerilla Strategies by Saif al-Adel

23/06/2016 | by JWMG Desk

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.[1]

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