The Islamic State’s (IS) “Monetary Committee” announced regulations on its currency and Syrian Lire in the territory is holds in Syria, and indicated it would begin broadcasting daily information one exchange rates.
Highlights: HTS claims major advances in al-Quneitra and battles with the Syrian regime’s army and pro-regime militias in the countryside of Damascus, and Aleppo and Hama; reports repelling an infiltration attempt by the IS into a refugee area in Damascus and an attempted advance of the IS-linked Jaish Khaled bin al-Walid in the western countryside of Daraa.
Al Muhajirun, a group promoting itself as the “representative face” of foreign fighters from various jihadi factions in Syria, released a video featuring a European fighter condemning Western society and urging Muslims there to immigrate to Islamic countries to freely practice their religion.
The Tawhid wal Jihad Brigade, an Uzbek group within Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria, released a training camp video featuring the religious and military education given to its fighters.
In the final installment of his open-interview, Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) called for unity among Muslims and non-Muslims, discussed suicide operations and an Islamic government, and deemed the Islamic State (IS) a “cancer” that one must “completely eliminate.”
The Islamic State (IS) claimed targeting PKK forces and Syrian Regime soldiers in suicide operations and clashes in Raqqah and south of Tabqa Airfield, killing and wounding more than 53.
Jihadists released the second issue of Haqiqa magazine, focusing on Muslim imprisonment and migration to Syria.
The second issue was released on June 21, 2017, roughly four months after the release of the first issue.
Differing from Haqiqa’s first issue, which compiled content from other jihadi media groups, the second issue appeared to feature original content. Prison-focused articles discussed a supposed Guantanamo Bay guard’s conversion to Islam, Syria’s “hellhole” Sednaya Prison, and a poem on imprisonment by an “anonymous brother.”
Migration-related articles in the issue focused on Syria. One, entitled, “Going home at Last,” quoted “Abu Muhammad,” whom the article claimed “is planning to make Hijrah,” as stating:
The acceptance of many Disbelievers declined as the signs of my faith became apparent. It’s not hidden from anyone today how difficult life in the West has become for Muslims. All you have to do is open the news. Even some of those, who don’t believe in Hijrah and striving in Allah’s path, have begun to consider migrating.
Another article, “A Word of Advice before Leaving,” stressed the need to receive verification from contacts in Syria prior to migration. It stated:
Please don’t make the mistake to just go on your own without tazkiyah [verification]. At best you will be abused and deceived by those who are after your money. At worst, you will be captured, jailed, tortured or even shot on sight.
The issue also featured part two of a biography of killed Dutch Nusra Front (NF) fighter “Abu Jandal,” the first installment of which featured in issue one of Haqiqa. Written by his brother, the article narrated that after suffering an injury from an explosion, he was eventually taken to a hospital in Turkey, where he died three days later.
The Haqiqa issue also featured graphics attributed to the pro-AQ Green Bird Media, and promoted the social media accounts of “Life in Syria,” a media group run by jihadists in Syria.
You can view the magazine here:
Highlights: HTS official and recruiter Abdullah al-Muhaysini survives an assassination attempt in Idlib; HTS “administrator” Muhammad Ibrahim al-Majarish was reportedly killed by a roadside explosive device planted in the countryside of Daraa; HTS claims battles with the Syrian regime’s army in Western Ghouta, south of Hama, and Idlib; reports repelling an attempted advance by Jaish al-Islam into al-Ashari in Eastern Ghouta; HTS claims engaging in confrontations with the PKK in the western countryside of Aleppo; photos show continued rehab activities in Idlib and Hama.
Abdullah al-Muhaysini, a prominent Saudi cleric and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) official, expressed disgust with the Islamic State (IS) for “staining Islam’s Reputation” following a recent assassination attempt on his life, and discussed the West’s continued persecution of HTS, stating, “we have nothing to do with you.”
‘Amaq News Agency released a video documenting the use of the Islamic State’s (IS) currency in markets in Deir al-Zour, Syria, two years after the announcement of its minting and eventual circulation.
Highlights: HTS claims defeating the Syrian regime army in Jumruk and imminently gaining control of al-Manshiyya neighborhood of Idlib; Division 13 dissolves following conflicts with HTS, and Jaish Idlib al-Hurr is to take control of the group’s headquarters; photos show HTS fighters stationed in Tal Mosebein and in al-Mansoura in the countryside of Aleppo; HTS clashed with the PKK in the countryside of Aleppo, and attacked regime’s military airports in Dara’a; rehabilitation activities continue in Idlib and Hama.
Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) condemned the recent Manchester and London attacks, and explained why he joined—and later left—the Nusra Front (NF), al-Qaeda’s (AQ) former Syrian affiliate.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed killing two American soldiers and wounding a third in Raqqah province.
In an open interview, Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed Farag (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) decried the Islamic State (IS), declaring it a “doomsday cult on steroids” and labeling its leaders “a bunch of crazy men that love death and love killing.”
The Islamic State (IS) declared in the English edition of its Rumiyah magazine that with its losing of territory in Iraq and Syria, it redoubled its efforts and expanded, including shifting focus to “Crusader soil,” evidenced by the Manchester attack, and seized the city of Marawi in the Philippines.
A jihadist Telegram channel requested donations to Syrian fighters and their families during Ramadan and provided private contact information.
Highlights: HTS claims suicide bombings in battles with regime forces in Dara’a, provides video infographic of the battles in al-Manshiyya neighborhood for a 100-day period; clashes with the Syrian regime’s army in Dara’a, Homs, and Hama; engages in confrontations with IS in the Qalamoun mountains; photos show HTS fighters stationed on fronts in Aleppo and Latakia; continues restoration and maintenance activities in Idlib and Aleppo; reports of regime attacks in Idlib, Dara’a, Aleppo, and Hama.
Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed Farag (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) promoted an upcoming open interview on his social media accounts, inviting both supporters and opponents to present him questions.
Highlights: HTS kills regime soldiers near Quneitra and Aleppo, and IS fighters in Damascus; reports clashes with PKK in west of Aleppo, and confrontations with Jaish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta; provides accounts of activities indicating return of life throughout Syria, and reports of regime attacks in the countryside of Idlib and the surroundings of Damascus.
Highlights: HTS kills 5 soldiers in an immersive operation targeting the Syrian regime’s air intelligence in western Aleppo; clashes between HTS and the regime forces in Western Ghouta; reports of regime airstrikes in Dara’a and Hama; extensive rehab activities in Idlib and surroundings.