Al-Qaeda Releases Two-Part Video By Ayman Al-Zawahiri ‎Commemorating ‘Blind Sheikh’ ‘Omar ‘Abd Al-Rahman, ‎Calling For Muslims To Target The U.S. ‎

On November 17, 2017, the Al-Qaeda media wing Al-Sahab released a video by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri commemorating Sheikh 'Omar 'Abd Al-Rahman (aka the Blind Sheikh). Al-Sahab released the video in two parts on its Telegram channel. The durations of the two parts are 1:15...


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ISIS Announces New Domain For Internet Radio Station ‎Featuring New Interface And New Back-End Website ‎

On November 11, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Nasher News Telegram outlets published a link to ISIS's new Internet radio station Al-Bayan. Nasher News Telegram channel promoting new Al-Bayan domain. Since 2015, Al-Bayan has used numerous domains that were eith...


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Pro-ISIS Tech Body Publishes Updated Repository For ‎Information On Cyber Security, Encryption

On November 9, 2017, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) tech body Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) posted a link on its Telegram channel to its most updated repository of tech-related topics.[1] The repository is divided into two parts. The first part comprises tech-related t...


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In New Audio, Osama Bin Laden’s Son Hamza Bin Laden ‎Calls On Muslims To Target Americans To Avenge His ‎Father, Urges Preparations For New Armed Uprising ‎

On November 7, 2017, the Al-Qaeda media wing Al-Sahab released an audio recording by Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, on its Telegram channel.[1] In the recording, titled "Osama... The Fighter Against Invaders And The Inciter of Rebellion Against Tyrants," Hamza empha...


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Pro-ISIS Tech Group Promotes Account On ‎Decentralized ‎Encrypted Chat App Riot.im, Publishes App Tutorial In ‎English ‎

On November 5, 2017, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) tech entity Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) posted a link to its channel on Riot.im, which is a decentralized and encrypted chat platform based on Matrix, a decentralized open standard communication platform.[1] The link to...


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ISIS Affiliate In Syria Khalid Bin Al-Walid Army Prints Its ‎Own School Books, Runs Children’s School ‎

On November 2, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Nasher News Telegram outlets published a pictorial report documenting some of the Khalid bin Al-Walid Army education department's activities in Syria. The report shows Khalid bin Al-Walid Army printing its own school boo...


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Pro-ISIS Tech Body Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) ‎Publishes Tutorial On Encryption Utility VeraCrypt On ‎Telegram

On October 14, 2017, the Telegram channel of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) technical body Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) published a tutorial on installing and using VeraCrypt, an open-source disc encryption utility. The tutorial includes a step-by-step guide to downlo...


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Pro-Al-Qaeda Website Resumes Function Following Second ‎Shutdown

On October 29, 2017, the pro-Al-Qaeda body Fotooh Media Center (FMC) announced that its main website was back online at a new domain following a "second removal." The announcement was posted on the FMC Telegram channel, which provided a link for the new website, Fotooh.my.[1] ...


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ISIS A’maq News Agency Website Hacked, Email ‎Notification Subscription Service Interrupted

On October 30, 2017, users who joined the email subscription service of the Islamic State's (ISIS) A'maq news agency received an email notifying them that the A'maq website had been hacked. The email was sent by the hacker, who appears to have compromised A'maq's website and mana...


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Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases Uyghur-Language ‎Video Message From A Fighter On Telegram

On October 25, 2017, the Uyghur jihad group Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video message on its Telegram channel.[1] The video was initially uploaded to Google Drive, which is the platform TIP usually uses for file hosting. TIP Telegram channel posting the video wi...


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Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Stones Married Woman In ‎Southern Somalia

On October 26, 2017, the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen-affiliated news agency Shahada reported ‎that the group ‎had stoned a married woman the night before in the town of Saakow, Middle ‎Juba, Somalia.[1]‎ ‎ ‎ The report identified the woman as Habiba Ali Ishaaq (30), and said that ...


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Pro-ISIS Tech Group Publishes Tutorial On Using ‎Decentralized Encrypted Chat App Riot.im, Highlights Its ‎Advantages Over Telegram, Other Social Media Platforms‎

On October 23, 2017, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) tech entity Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) published a tutorial on using the chat app Riot.im. Riot.im is a decentralized and encrypted chat platform that is based on Matrix, a decentralized open standard communication p...


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ISIS Publishes Image Of Young-Looking Russian Fighter ‎Killed In Iraq ‎

On October 23, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Furat province released two images of fighters who carried out a commando-style attack against an "apostate" (i.e. Iraqi military) position in Iraq. One of the attackers was a young-looking boy who was killed in the attack named...


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Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Releases On Telegram ‎Archival Message By Late Leader Hasan Mahsum, Lecture ‎By Shari’a Official

In the last several days, the Uyghur jihad group Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) has released several videos on its Telegram channel.[1] On October 21, TIP released a 12:41-minute video featuring archival footage of its late leader Hasan Mahsum, who was killed in 2003, deliverin...


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ISIS-Affiliated Nasher News Telegram Groups Begin Using ‎Bots To Improve Administration Of Groups ‎

The Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Nasher News has begun using bots to better manage content posted on its Telegram groups. Nasher operates dozens of channels and groups on Telegram that post ISIS content simultaneously across the platform. On October 19, 2017, a warning was ...


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Pro-ISIS Ashhad Media Publishes Posters On Telegram ‎Reiterating Importance Of Online Jihad, Presence On Social ‎Media

On October 18, 2017, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ashhad media organization released on Telegram several posters highlighting the importance of online jihad while calling upon ISIS supporters to use social media in support of the Islamic State. All the posters included Arabi...


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ISIS Supporters Launch Technical Support Group On ‎Telegram, Accept Questions Via Bot

On October 16, 2017, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters launched a Telegram group called "Technical Group." According to its stated rules, the group will only answer tech-related questions and provide technical support in the form of republishing content from the pro-ISIS tech entit...


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Following Death Of ISIS Emir In Philippines, ISIS ‎Supporters Claim The Fighting Against The ‘Crusader ‎Forces’ Has ‘Just Begun’‎

On October 16, 2017, Philippine authorities confirmed the death of two Islamic State (ISIS) leaders in the country, Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon‎.[1] The two were killed in Marawi city, which has been the theater of an ongoing five-month urban battle between the U.S.-backed Phi...


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Pro-ISIS ‘Lone Wolfes’ Telegram Channel Calls On Group’s ‎Supporters To Target Westerners, Tourists, And Economic ‎Institutions In Arab Countries

On October 11, 2017, two announcements were posted on the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel "Lone Wolfes," calling for ISIS supporters to target Westerners, either in their own countries or when visiting Arab countries as tourists. The posts also called on ISIS supporters...


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ISIS Publishes Pictorial Report Featuring Training Camp In ‎Al-Bayda, Yemen ‎

On October 9, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) published a pictorial report featuring a training camp in Al-Bayda, Yemen. The report was initially posted on the text- and image-sharing website justpaste.it, and was circulated via the ISIS-affiliated Nasher News outlets on Telegram....


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