The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, published photos of Eid al-Fitr celebrations it held in areas it controls in Galguduud and Middle Juba regions, showing gun-toting children among the people, and claimed attacks on Somali National Army forces.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied any connection to drive-by shootings on civilians in Yemen’s Lahij governorate, and claimed eight attacks in an eight-day period on Houthi fighters in al-Bayda’, half of them involving snipers.
In its first documented attack in Somalia since the May 23, 2017, suicide bombing in Puntland, the Islamic State (IS) claimed killing two soldiers in clashes in the same territory.
Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the AQ branch for Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and as it just revealed, Afghanistan and Burma (Myanmar), released its “Code of Conduct,” wherein it declared that Americans and U.S. interests in Pakistan are its “foremost priority”.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed killing 40 Iraqi soldiers and “Awakening” elements in a four-man suicide raid in the city of al-Baghdadi in Anbar.
The Islamic State's (IS Khorasan Province and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) offshoot Jamat-ul-Ahrar each claimed credit for a bombing in Quetta on Pakistani police, with the individual groups providing differing details.
The Afghan Taliban released an Eid al-Fitr message attributed to its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, regarding Americans as a “key factor” behind the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and expressing that the group is “deeply upset” by the recent conflict between Qatar and Gulf states.
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency published an infographic on the Great Mosque of Nuri and Habda’ minaret in Mosul and its assertion that U.S. aircraft destroyed the iconic structures.
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency released a video report on the destruction of the Great Mosque of Nuri and its Hadba’ minaret in Mosul, maintaining its claim that the two iconic structures were destroyed by American airstrikes and not bombs of its fighters.
Nearly two weeks after launching a financial campaign to equip its fighters, the Gaza-based Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) released a video of a fighter appealing to Muslims to contribute.
The Afghan Taliban released a video focusing on the various military training camps it operates in Afghanistan, and promoting jihad as integral for Muslims’ salvation and its preparation as a “divine obligation”.
The Afghan Taliban claimed killing 73 Afghan security forces and wounding 44 others in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing and wounding dozens in a suicide bombing at the Waberi district police station in the capital, Mogadishu.
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported that a U.S. airstrike was responsible for the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its iconic Hadba minaret in the city of Mosul.
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.
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The Islamic State (IS) claimed killing and wounding nearly 60 members of the Popular Mobilization in an eight-man suicide raid in Tikrit, in Iraq’s Salah al-Din governorate.
Al-Qaeda’s (AQ) affiliate in Mali, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (NIM), claimed a raid on Malian military barracks in Bintagougou, killing and wounding 20 and seizing war spoils, including anti-aircraft weapons, in addition to an attack on MINUSMA forces in Ménaka.
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.”
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed bombing an Algerian army vehicle in Khenchela province in northeastern Algeria.