Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2022)

Two ISIS operatives who carried out the attack in Al-Raqqah (Amaq, Telegram, December 26, 2022)

Two ISIS operatives who carried out the attack in Al-Raqqah (Amaq, Telegram, December 26, 2022)

The two fighters before being executed (Telegram, December 26, 2022)

The two fighters before being executed (Telegram, December 26, 2022)

ISIS operatives detained in the Sulaymaniyah Province (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 22, 2022)

ISIS operatives detained in the Sulaymaniyah Province (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 22, 2022)

The church set on fire by ISIS (Telegram, December 25, 2022)

The church set on fire by ISIS (Telegram, December 25, 2022)

Mozambican army weapons and ammunition seized by ISIS (Telegram, December 21, 2022)

Mozambican army weapons and ammunition seized by ISIS (Telegram, December 21, 2022)

The slide of the video (Telegram, December 24, 2022)

The slide of the video (Telegram, December 24, 2022)

Main events of the past week
  • Israel: The Israeli security forces exposed details on the perpetrator of the double bombing attack which was carried out in Jerusalem on November 23, 2022, and left two Israelis dead. The terrorist was inspired by ISIS’s ideology but acted alone.
  • This week, there was an increase in ISIS activity around the world. The organization’s activity focused on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
  • Iraq: There was relatively high-intensity activity. The Iraqi army sustained fatalities in ISIS attacks in the provinces of Kirkuk and Erbil.
  • Syria: A failed attempt was made by ISIS to break into a prison in Al-Raqqah where about 200 of the organization’s operatives are held by the Kurdish forces. Two fighters of the forces supporting the Syrian army were abducted and executed. There was an increase in the scope of attacks carried out by ISIS against SDF forces in the Deir ez-Zor-Al-Mayadeen region. ISIS supporters on Russian-language social media launched a fundraising campaign to finance the smuggling of minors from the Al-Hawl camp where family members of the organization’s operatives are detained.
  • Afghanistan: ISIS operatives set off a car bomb against the Taliban police chief in Badakhshan province, in the northeast of the country. The police chief and a number of his security guards were killed and several others were wounded.
  • Africa: Nigeria – ISIS operatives attacked several Christian villages and security targets in the northeast of the country. Somalia – The Somali army, with the support of local fighters, took over the last stronghold of Al-Shabaab in the Middle Shabelle region, north of the capital Mogadishu. Over 150 Al-Shabaab operatives were killed. Kenya – Two police officers and a civilian were killed in an attack carried out by Al-Shabaab operatives against a police vehicle west of the Kenya-Somalia border.
  • The battle for hearts and minds: Al-Sahab, Al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released a video in which Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s former leader[1], mourns the death of three senior commanders of the organization in the Indian subcontinent, who were killed in 2015, and stresses their contribution to the organization. Al-Zawahiri also attacks ISIS. The video does not specify when Al-Zawahiri’s words were recorded.
Israel
  • The Israeli security forces exposed (on December 27, 2022) the details of the perpetrator of the double bombing attack in Jerusalem on November 23, 2022, in which two Israelis were killed. According to the announcement, a prosecutor’s statement was submitted in preparation for filing an indictment against Islam Faroh, 26, a resident of East Jerusalem. Faroh, who had no criminal record, is a member of a family of doctors, his mother is Israeli from Abu Tor and his father is a resident of Ramallah. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem and has extensive technical knowledge. His interrogation revealed that he acted alone under the influence of ISIS’s ideology, but he has not joined ISIS’s ranks. The investigation also revealed that he planned the attack for a long time. He used his knowledge as a mechanical engineer and learned online how to make explosive devices.
Islam Faroh (Israel Police, December 27, 2022)
Islam Faroh (Israel Police, December 27, 2022)
The Syrian arena[2]
Map of Syria’s provinces (freeworldmaps.net)
Map of Syria’s provinces (freeworldmaps.net)
Deir ez-Zor-Al-Mayadeen region
Failed ISIS attempt to free its operatives from an Al-Raqqah prison
  • On December 26, 2022, ISIS operatives attacked SDF fighters by surprise in central Al-Raqqah, near the security square (Al-Murabba’ al-Amni) in the city. The security square is where there are headquarters of the Kurdish security forces and a prison of the Kurdish military intelligence, where about two hundred ISIS operatives are imprisoned. The attack was intended to free ISIS operatives held in the prison. The Kurdish forces repelled the attackers. Six fighters, including three fighters of the Kurdish internal security forces (Asayish), were killed. Two ISIS operatives were killed as well (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, December 27, 2022).
In red: The security square in central Al-Raqqah (Wikimapia)
In red: The security square in central Al-Raqqah (Wikimapia)
  • ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. According to its statement, two of its operatives carried out a surprise attack against the headquarters of the Kurdish internal security forces in west Al-Raqqah. According to ISIS, the two operatives initially killed the security guards of the headquarters and then entered the building and exchanged fire with the Kurdish fighters in and around it. The SDF forces sent many reinforcements. Six fighters of the Kurdish forces were killed and 10 were wounded. One of the two ISIS operatives escaped. According to ISIS’s statement, the attack was carried out as part of the “ongoing revenge for the Muslim prisoners and in particular the women in the Al-Hawl camp[3].” Addressing the prisoners, the message states that “Our patient prisoners should know that their messages reached your brothers, the jihad fighters, and the response to them meant death for the apostates [“al-Murtaddin,” referring to the Kurdish forces]. The future will be more difficult and bitter [for the apostates], with the help of Allah” (Amaq, Telegram, December 26, 2022).
Two ISIS operatives who carried out the attack in Al-Raqqah (Amaq, Telegram, December 26, 2022)
Two ISIS operatives who carried out the attack in Al-Raqqah
(Amaq, Telegram, December 26, 2022)
  • Later, a video from a security camera was published, in which an ISIS operative dressed in the uniform of the Kurdish security forces sneaks up on a security guard in the security compound, shoots him, fires at the compound, and then leaves it (Thiqa News Agency’s Twitter account, December 27, 2022). It should be noted that this is not the first time that ISIS operatives have worn SDF uniforms when carrying out attacks against them (ISIS has also used this method of operation in other arenas, such as the Sinai Peninsula and Iraq).
Right: An ISIS operative (in red) shoots dead a security guard (in yellow) at the entrance to the compound. Center: the security guard lying on the ground. Left: An ISIS operative leaves the compound (Thiqa News Agency’s Twitter account, December 27, 2022)
Right: An ISIS operative (in red) shoots dead a security guard (in yellow) at the entrance to the compound. Center: the security guard lying on the ground. Left: An ISIS operative leaves the compound (Thiqa News Agency’s Twitter account, December 27, 2022)
  • Two fighters of forces supporting the Syrian army were abducted by ISIS. The two were shot to death on December 25, 2022, near the Al-Rasafah region, about 40 km southwest of Al-Raqqah (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, December 25, 2022). ISIS claimed responsibility and published the photos of the two, who it claimed were soldiers in the Syrian army (Telegram, December 26, 2022).
The two fighters before being executed (Telegram, December 26, 2022)
The two fighters before being executed (Telegram, December 26, 2022)
Deir ez-Zor-Al-Mayadeen region
  • On December 26, 2022, there were two shooting incidents by ISIS operatives at the SDF forces:
    • An SDF fighter was targeted by gunfire in the Kisra region, about 80 km north of Deir ez-Zor. He was wounded (Telegram, December 26, 2022).
    • An SDF checkpoint was targeted by gunfire about 50 km northeast of Deir ez-Zor. Several fighters were wounded (Telegram, December 26, 2022).
  • On December 25, 2022, gunmen, apparently, ISIS operatives, attacked Syrian army soldiers and forces supporting the army in two shooting incidents:
    • They shot and killed a Syrian army soldier or a fighter in the forces supporting the Syrian army about 30 km southeast of Al-Mayadeen (Deir ez-Zor24 Twitter account, December 25, 2022).
    • They fired at a checkpoint manned by Kurdish SDF fighters in the city of Al-Shahil, about 9 km north of Al-Mayadeen. No casualties were reported (Deir ez-Zor24 Twitter account, December 25, 2022).
  • On December 24, 2022, ISIS operatives shot at SDF forces in two incidents:
    • In the market in the Dhiban region, about 5 km east of Al-Mayadeen. Several fighters were wounded (Telegram, December 26, 2022).
    • At an SDF checkpoint about 50 km northeast of Deir ez-Zor. No casualties were reported (Deir ez-Zor24 Twitter account, December 24, 2022).
  • On December 22, 2022, ISIS operatives riding on a motorcycle fired at an SDF vehicle in the town of Dhiban. There were no casualties. The vehicle was damaged (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, December 22, 2022).
Counterterrorism measures
Attempted killing of an ISIS operative in the Al-Bab region
  • The British Ministry of Defense announced that on December 20, 2022, an airstrike was carried out using a British Army drone, which launched two missiles at a house near the city of Al-Bab, about 30 km northeast of Aleppo. The name of the target and whether he was killed was not specified. According to a local source, the target of the attack was a Yemeni ISIS operative named Basa’ Ahmed al-Sawadi, codenamed Abu Yasser al-Yamani, who is in charge of sabotage or finances in ISIS’s Syria Province. According to the report, Al-Sawadi was wounded and was transferred to the Al-Bab hospital for medical treatment (Enab Baladi, December 24, 2022).
 The ruins of the house where the operative stayed (Amera Twitter account, December 20, 2022)   ISIS operative in the hospital (Al-Thawra al-Suriya Twitter account, December 20, 2022).
Right: ISIS operative in the hospital (Al-Thawra al-Suriya Twitter account, December 20, 2022). Left: The ruins of the house where the operative stayed (Amera Twitter account, December 20, 2022)
Al-Hasakah region
  • On December 21, 2022, SDF counterterrorism fighters detained three ISIS operatives in the town of Al-Dashisha, about 80 km south of al-Hasakah. The three were engaged in smuggling families of ISIS operatives out of the Al-Hawl camp. They also provided weapons to ISIS terrorist cells in the nearby town of Al-Hawl in order for them to carry out attacks against the camp. Weapons, ammunition, and smartphones were found in the detainees’ possession (SDF Press, December 23, 2022).
The three ISIS operatives who were detained (SDF Press, December 23, 2022)
The three ISIS operatives who were detained (SDF Press, December 23, 2022)
  • It was reported that on December 22, 2022, ISIS supporters on social media launched a crowdfunding campaign on Russian-language social media channels for the purpose of financing the smuggling of 20 orphaned minors from the Al-Hawl camp, about 35 km east of Al-Hasakah, where family members of ISIS operatives are detained. It was noted that the amount required is 7,000-8,000 US dollars for each minor (Mona Twitter account, December 22, 2022). A similar campaign in the German language took place on Telegram in October 2022 (DW, October 9, 2022).
The Iraqi arena
Provinces of Iraq (Wikipedia)
Provinces of Iraq (Wikipedia)
ISIS attacks by province[4]
Salah al-Din Province
  • On December 22, 2022, a main Iraqi police checkpoint was attacked in south Kirkuk. One officer was killed and four policemen were wounded (Telegram, December 24, 2022)
  • On December 21, 2022, an attack was carried out against an Iraqi army compound in the Sarkaran area, about 35 km northwest of Kirkuk. Three soldiers were killed or wounded. Subsequently, an IED was activated against a patrol that arrived at the scene, and machine guns and RPG rockets were fired at it. An officer and a soldier were killed, and an armored vehicle was damaged (Telegram, December 22, 2022).
Erbil Province
  • On December 22, 2022, an IED was activated against an Iraqi army armored vehicle in Makhmur district, about 50 km southwest of Erbil. Two soldiers were killed and three others were wounded (Iraqi News Agency, December 22, 2022).
Al-Anbar Province
  • On December 23, 2022, an Iraqi army compound was targeted by gunfire and an RPG rocket about 70 km east of Al-Rutba, in western Iraq. One soldier was wounded (Telegram, December 23, 2022).
 ISIS operative about to fire a rocket (Telegram, December 25, 2022)  ISIS operative about to shoot at an Iraqi army compound (in yellow) east of Al-Rutba.
Right: ISIS operative about to shoot at an Iraqi army compound (in yellow) east of Al-Rutba. Left: ISIS operative about to fire a rocket (Telegram, December 25, 2022)
Counterterrorism measures
Nineveh Province
  • On December 24, 2022, the Iraqi security forces found three explosive belts, five sticky bombs, and cell phones of ISIS in an apartment in the Nineveh Province (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 24, 2022).
Explosive belts, sticky bombs, and cell phones of ISIS found in the apartment (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 24, 2022)
Explosive belts, sticky bombs, and cell phones of ISIS found in the apartment (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 24, 2022)
  • On December 21, 2022, an Iraqi F-16 fighter jet, acting on intelligence from the Iraqi Counterterrorism Apparatus, carried out an airstrike against an ISIS hideout in the Sheikh Ibrahim Mountains, about 50 km west of Mosul. Five ISIS operatives, including a commander, were killed (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 21, 2022).
Sulaymaniyah Province
  • On December 22, 2022, the Iraqi security forces detained five wanted ISIS operatives in the Sulaymaniyah Province. The exact locations were not specified (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 22, 2022).
ISIS operatives detained in the Sulaymaniyah Province (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 22, 2022)
ISIS operatives detained in the Sulaymaniyah Province
(SecMedCell Facebook page, December 22, 2022)
Diyala Province
  • A force of the Iraqi army operating on intelligence located on December 27, 2022, an ISIS weapons stockpile in Hawi al-Azim, about 100 km north of Baghdad. The stockpile included several dozen mortar bombs and shells, parts of equipment, and ready-to-use charges (Iraqi News Agency, December 27, 2022).
Weapons found (Iraqi News Agency, December 27, 2022)
Weapons found (Iraqi News Agency, December 27, 2022)
  • On December 24, 2022, the Iraqi security forces captured an ISIS suicide bomber. He was carrying an explosive device that he planned to detonate against one of the Popular Mobilization commanders in the Diyala Province (the exact location was not specified) (SecMedCell Facebook page, December 24, 2022).
Kirkuk Province
  • On December 23, 2022, the Iraqi security forces detained an ISIS squad in the Kirkuk Province. No exact location was specified (Al-Sumaria, December 23, 2022).
Summary of ISIS’s activity in the various provinces
  • An infographic published by ISIS, summing up its activity around the world on December 15-21, 2022, indicates that the organization carried out 19 attacks in its various provinces around the globe (same as in the previous week). The largest number of attacks was carried out by ISIS’s Syria Province (8). Attacks carried out in the other provinces: Iraq (6); West Africa (3); Mozambique (2). A total of 68 people were killed and wounded in the attacks, compared to 170 in the previous week. The largest number of casualties was in the Iraq Province (33). The other casualties were in the following provinces: Syria (24); Mozambique (7); and West Africa (4) (Al-Naba weekly, Telegram, December 22, 2022). ISIS seems to continue its relatively low-scale activity around the world. In Iraq, there has been a significant increase.
Summary of ISIS’s attacks (Al-Naba, Telegram, December 22, 2022)
Summary of ISIS’s attacks (Al-Naba, Telegram, December 22, 2022)
ISIS attacks by week (according to ISIS data)

ISIS attacks by week (according to ISIS data)

Africa
Nigeria
ISIS activity
  • On December 23, 2022, an ambush attack was carried out against a patrol of the Nigerian army in the area of the town of Gambaru, near the Nigeria-Cameroon border, in Borno State, in northeastern Nigeria. Three soldiers were killed. A vehicle was set on fire (Telegram, December 25, 2022).
  • On December 22, 2022, an attack was carried out against a Nigerian police checkpoint in the town of Andori, in Kogi State, southwest of the capital Abuja. Four policemen were killed. A police car was set on fire (Telegram, December 23, 2022).
  • Attacks against Christian villages in Borno State, in northeastern Nigeria:
    • On December 22, 2022, ISIS attacked the Christian village of Musega. A Christian citizen was shot dead. A church was set on fire (Telegram, December 23, 2022).
The church set on fire by ISIS (Telegram, December 25, 2022)
The church set on fire by ISIS (Telegram, December 25, 2022)
    • On December 19, 2022, ISIS operatives riding on motorcycles attacked the village of Jibwiwi. Eight houses and grain silos were set on fire (Daily Trust, December 21, 2022).
    • On December 19, 2022, ISIS attacked the Christian village of Johi. A church and six houses were set on fire. Some of the residents’ property was seized by ISIS (Telegram, December 20, 2022).
A house on fire in Johi (Telegram, December 23, 2022)
A house on fire in Johi (Telegram, December 23, 2022)
Boko Haram activity
  • On December 24, 2022, Boko Haram operatives attacked shepherds in the Mafa region, about 45 km east of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. Seventeen shepherds were killed (Africa News, December 26, 2022).
Counterterrorism measures
  • A force of the Nigerian army, working together with local militia fighters, laid an ambush on December 26, 2022, during the night for Boko Haram operatives in the Mafa region. Eight operatives were killed and one was arrested (Zagazola Twitter account, December 26, 2022).
  • On December 23, 2022, Nigerian army fighter jets carried out airstrikes against Boko Haram and ISIS operatives in the Sambisa Forest, about 100 km southeast of Maiduguri. Over 200 Boko Haram and ISIS operatives were killed (Anatolia News Agency, December 24, 2022).
Mozambique
  • On December 20, 2022, an attack was carried out against a Mozambican army compound in the village of Chai, in the Macomia region, in the eastern part of Cabo Delgado province, in the northeast of the country. One soldier was killed and several others were wounded. ISIS operatives seized 13 assault rifles, dozens of matching magazines, three medium machine guns and matching ammunition, RPG rocket launchers and matching rockets, and assorted ammunition. The compound was set on fire. ISIS operatives killed three Christian residents in the village (Telegram, December 21, 2022).
Mozambican army weapons and ammunition seized by ISIS (Telegram, December 21, 2022)
Mozambican army weapons and ammunition seized by ISIS
(Telegram, December 21, 2022)
Counterterrorism measures
  • On December 19, 2022, the Parliament of Mozambique approved a bill that legalized the involvement of local militias in the fight against jihadists (referring mainly to ISIS operatives) in the province of Cabo Delgado, in the northeast of the country. Mozambican Defense Minister Cristóvão Chume, who submitted the bill, admitted that the Mozambican army alone is incapable of dealing with the jihadists. He noted that the new law would allow improved conditions for the local militias in terms of organizational and logistical structure (All Africa, December 19, 2022).
Somalia
Somali army activity against Al-Shabaab
  • At the request of the Somali government, on December 23, 2022, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) carried out an airstrike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab in the area of the city of Cadale, about 150 km northeast of Mogadishu. Six Al-Shabaab operatives were killed (CNN, December 23, 2022). It should be noted that in the last month, the American involvement in fighting against Al-Shabaab in Somalia increased and it seems to be bearing fruit.
  • On the night of December 22-23, 2022, elite forces of the Somali army operated together with a US army force against Al-Shabaab in the south of the Middle Shabelle province, killing 67 Al-Shabaab operatives. The activity was carried out when Al-Shabaab operatives were fleeing the area (African News Agency), December 23, 2022).
  • On December 22, 2022, the spokesman for Somalia’s Ministry of Defense, Abdullahi Ali Anod, announced that forces of the Somali army, with the support of tribal militias, operated on the same day against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab in the villages surrounding the strategic town of Runirgod, in the Middle Shabelle province, about 240 km northeast of the capital Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab operatives lost control of this town, which was the organization’s last stronghold in the area. Over 150 Al-Shabaab operatives, including five foreigners, were killed. The Al-Shabaab organization announced on its Telegram channel that an IED had been activated against a Somali army force, killing four soldiers. The Somali army did not comment on this report (VOA, December 22, 2022).
Kenya
  • On December 21, 2022, Al-Shabaab operatives activated an IED and fired a rocket at a Kenyan police vehicle that was on its way from the Hayley Lapsset camp to the town of Garissa, about 150 km west of the Kenya-Somalia border. Two policemen and a civilian were killed (Al Jazeera, December 22, 2022).
Niger
Counterterrorism activity
  • Abbah Isa Modu, a senior operative of ISIS’s West Africa Province, surrendered on December 26, 2022, to the Multi-National Joint Task Force in the Diffa region, about 3 km north of the Niger-Nigeria border. He was reported to have participated in terrorist activities for many years (Politics Nigeria, December 26, 2022).
Senior operative in ISIS’s West Africa Province who turned himself in (Politics Nigeria, December 26, 2022)
Senior operative in ISIS’s West Africa Province who turned himself in (Politics Nigeria, December 26, 2022)
  • On December 22, 2022, a Niger National Guard force operated against Boko Haram in the Kintchandi region, in the Gueskerou area in the southeast of Niger, near the Niger-Nigeria border (about 180 km north of Maiduguri). Several Boko Haram operatives, apparently four, were killed. Assault rifles and magazines were found in their possession (Zagazola Twitter account, December 23, 2022).
Assault rifles and magazines of ISIS operatives who were killed (Zagazola Twitter account, December 23, 2022)
Assault rifles and magazines of ISIS operatives who were killed
(Zagazola Twitter account, December 23, 2022)
Burkina Faso
  • A mine was activated on December 25, 2022, against a bus in eastern Burkina Faso, not far from the border with Niger. Ten people were killed and five were wounded. So far, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, but apparently, Al-Qaeda or ISIS are behind it since this is an area where these organizations are active (anews, December 26, 2022).
Asia
Afghanistan
  • On December 26, 2022, ISIS operatives detonated a car bomb against the Taliban police chief in the city of Fayzabad, in the Badakhshan Province, while he was on his way to his office, about 200 meters from his home. ISIS operatives followed the daily movements of the Taliban police chief and placed the car bomb on his way. The police chief and several of his security guards were killed and several others were wounded (Telegram, December 26, 2022).
The moment of the explosion (Telegram, December 26, 2022)     Taliban police chief and his security guards walking near the car bomb just before the explosion.
Right: Taliban police chief and his security guards walking near the car bomb just before the explosion. Left: The moment of the explosion (Telegram, December 26, 2022)
Turkey
  • On December 21, 2022, Turkish security forces arrested an ISIS commander named Ahmed Ali, codenamed Abu Suleiman al-Ashkar, and seven other operatives in several ISIS apartments in the Hatay province in southern Turkey. Three handguns, a large number of bullets as well as other equipment were found. In the interrogation, the detainees admitted that they had received instructions to travel to Syria after obtaining the weapons necessary to carry out attacks against Turkish army soldiers (Anatolia News Agency, December 21, 2022).
Europe
Germany
  • On December 20, 2022, the German security forces captured a German citizen upon landing at the Frankfurt airport, on the suspicion that he had previously fought in the ranks of ISIS. The suspect, whose name was not given, traveled with his wife to Syria in 2016 in order to join ISIS. He underwent military training in Iraq and then became an operative in an ISIS combat unit. He was captured in 2017 by the SDF forces and was imprisoned in Erbil, about 65 km southeast of Mosul, until he returned to Germany (DW, December 21, 2022).
The battle for hearts and minds
  • Al-Sahab Foundation, Al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released a video with the voice of the organization’s former leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. In the video, Al-Zawahiri mourns the death of three senior commanders of the organization in the Indian subcontinent, who were killed in 2015, and stresses their contribution to the organization. The three are Qari Muhammad Imran, a senior Al-Qaeda commander in Pakistan; Ahmad Faruq, Al-Zawahiri’s deputy who was in charge of Al-Qaeda’s media network in the Indian subcontinent; and another senior leader by the name of Abu Khaled. In the video, Al-Zawahiri attacks ISIS for its activity against Al-Qaeda in Syria, Iraq, and Somalia. There is no reference to the death of Al-Zawahiri, who was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 31, 2022, in a US airstrike, and there is no mention of the time when Al-Zawahiri’s words were recorded (Akhbar Al-Aan, December 24, 2022)[5].
The slide of the video (Telegram, December 24, 2022)
The slide of the video (Telegram, December 24, 2022)
  • In the latest edition of the magazine “Umma Wahida,” Al-Qaeda threatened India once again referring to the insult of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, by two senior officials in the Indian government in June 2022. The magazine called on Muslims around the world to boycott India and its products and to assist the organization in Kashmir. It also called on Arab country leaders to expel the Hindu workers from their countries (Hindustan Times, December 26, 2022).

[1] Ayman al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden, was killed in Afghanistan in a US airstrike on July 31, 2022.
[2] According to ISIS’s claims of responsibility and the world media.
[3] The Al-Hawl camp is situated about 35 km east of Al-Hasakah. Family members of ISIS operatives are held there.
[4] According to ISIS statements and the local media.
[5] See the ITIC’s Information Bulletin from August 7, 2022, “The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri – reactions and implications