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This week, ISIS carried out a series of terror attacks in various places in and outside the Middle East, following the mass-killing attack at the international airport in Istanbul (45 fatalities so far). The most prominent of the terror attacks was a car bomb attack in a crowded shopping center in a Shiite neighborhood in the heart of Baghdad (250 fatalities so far). The wave of terror carried out by ISIS and its supporters is taking place concurrently with the increasing pressure on ISIS in its “core areas” in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 30 - July 6, 2016)
A year ago I gave a presentation at the First International Intelligence & Special Forces Conference about the campaign conducted by the United States and the international coalition against ISIS. My bottom line was that the campaign had not yet succeeded in reducing ISIS's military and governance capabilities, and that the organization was getting stronger.
ISIS: An Overview and Future Trends*
The wave of terrorist attacks in Germany and in France continues: in the city of Ansbach in southern Germany. In the ITIC’s assessment, both of these were ISIS-inspired attacks carried out in response to ISIS’s call to kill civilians in the West. At the same time, ISIS continues its wave of terrorist attack and guerrilla warfare in other areas in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 21-27, 2016)
The main event of this week was the campaign over the city of Aleppo, which is surrounded by the Syrian Army and its allies. On July 28, 2016, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria), announced the establishment of a new framework called the Fateh al-Sham Front. ISIS continued to carry out deadly terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare throughout Syria and Iraq.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 28 – August 3, 2016)

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/09/2016 Type Article
After the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, the Syrian air force, with Russian support, launched an intensive air attack on rebel-held residential areas in the eastern part of Aleppo. According to Syrian state TV, the Syrian army took control of the al-Farafirah neighborhood in the Old City (near the citadel). The rebel organizations, on the other hand, claimed the Syrian regime had exaggerated its achievements and that they had successfully halted the Syrian army's advance.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict* (September 21 – 27, 2016)

Issued on 27/09/2016 Type Article
The wave of population terrorism that reemerged last week continues, although with waning intensity. Prominent this past week was a stabbing attack at the entrance to Kiryat Arba. Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech before the UN General Assembly in which he strongly attacked Israel.
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Spotlight on Iran* (September 11 – September 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/09/2016 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials accused the United States of responsibility for the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria. Jaberi Ansari, Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, visited Syria last week, where he met with President Assad and the leaders of Palestinian groups in Syria. Iran rejected Saudi Arabian accusations that it had sent arms to the forces fighting in Yemen. Iran also denied reports that the United States had signaled Iran that Washington and Moscow would like to discuss the crisis in Yemen with Tehran.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 15-21 2016)

Issued on 21/09/2016 Type Article
The US-Russia arrangement on cessation of hostilities has collapsed, having floundered for a week. During the seven days the ceasefire lasted (September 12-19 2016), hostilities persisted and the attempts to get humanitarian aid into the besieged areas, especially eastern Aleppo, failed. The “Joint Implementation Center” (JIC), which was mentioned in the Kerry-Lavrov communique, did not get set up due to the collapse of the ceasefire, the failure to deliver the humanitarian aid, the disputes, and the deep mutual Russian-American suspicion.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 14-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/09/2016 Type Article
After some five months of relative calm, there was an outbreak of a new wave of popular terrorism. There were eight attacks within five days (September 16-20, 2016). Seven of them were stabbing attacks and one was a vehicular attack.
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Two Years After Operation Protective Edge: Security along the Israeli-Gazan border*

Issued on 12/09/2016 Type Article
On August 26, 2014, after fifty days of intensive Israeli-Hamas fighting, a ceasefire was reached ending Operation Protective Edge. The operation severely damaged the military infrastructures of Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations, and strengthened Israel's deterrence.
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