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Spotlight on Iran (July 30 – August 13, 2017)

A bloody week for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces (IRGC) in Syria. Iran is clearly concerned with the improvement in relations between Saudi Arabia and the Baghdad. Hamas-Iran ties continue to improve.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 3-9, 2017)

The Syrian forces continued to advance towards Deir ez-Zor. The SDF forces are encountering difficulties in Al-Raqqah. Iraq: Iraqi forces and Shiite militias are preparing to take over the ISIS enclave in Tal Afar, some 70 km west of Mosul. In view of the “success” (from ISIS’s perspective) of the attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, ISIS called on its supporters to attack the embassies and diplomatic corps of the “infidel countries” around the world.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 2 – 8, 2017)

The Temple Mount crisis has waned but popular terrorism continues: The Israel Security Agency reported the recent exposure of the transfer of funds by courier from Hamas in Turkey to the Gaza Strip and from there to Hebron. This past week King Abdallah of Jordan paid an official visit to the Muqata'a in Ramallah.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 27 – August 2, 2017)

This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Syria – the campaign for the takeover of Al-Raqqah is still bogged down, in light of the persistent fighting by ISIS operatives. Iraq – the humanitarian situation in Mosul continues to be grave, and most of the residents who fled have
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ISIS Call to Attack Foreign Embassies and Diplomats of the “Infidel Countries”

ISIS's weekly newsletter al-Nabā' published an editorial about the lessons to be learned from the attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (July 30, 2017), which it called "an action of high quality." According to the editorial, attacking embassies and diplomatic staff is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to exert pressure on "infidel governments."

Hamas Summer Camps Continue Training the Younger Gazan Generation for the Armed Struggle against Israel

This year, as in previous years, summer camps were held throughout the Gaza Strip, attended by tens of thousands of Gazan children and adolescents. Most of the camps were organized by Hamas, some by other terrorist organizations and institutions.

The Crisis on the Temple Mount Overview (updated to the afternoon of July 27, 2017)

On the night of July 26, 2017, Israel dismantled the scaffolding for “smart” security cameras at the entrances to the Temple Mount, meant to be set up at a later date.

Hamas constructs a buffer zone to secure its border with Egypt in response to a demand from the Egyptian regime.

At the end of June 2017 the Hamas ministry of the interior and national security in the Gaza Strip began work on the foundations of a buffer zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

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About the Information Center’s Operations

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) issues information bulletins and studies about terrorist organizations. Its research fields include Palestinian terrorist organizations, Lebanese terrorist organizations, and organizations affiliated with global jihad. The ITIC researchers monitor the various aspects of the activities of the terrorist organizations in the Middle East and elsewhere, countries sponsoring terrorism, terrorist attacks, terrorist infrastructure, weapons, funding terrorist organizations, terrorist organizations’ media outlets and more.

The ITIC issues basic studies and periodic bulletins dealing with the structure of the terrorist organizations, their weapons, the activities of terrorist organizations, countries sponsoring terrorist organizations, the worldwide expansion of global jihad organizations, the Palestinian Authority and its policies toward terrorism, the funding of terrorist organizations, foiling terrorist attacks and more.

The Institute for the Research of Intelligence and Policy operating as part of the ITIC is engaged in research on intelligence issues. Its main topics are the methodology of intelligence, intelligence and decision making, and the heritage of the Israeli intelligence community. The institute publishes periodic articles and in-depth studies. It issues a semi-annual professional bulletin on various methodological issues of interest to intelligence researchers in Israel and abroad. In addition, the institute conducts workshops and seminars on intelligence issues, and holds an annual international conference.

The ITIC publications are translated into several languages and disseminated by the website and by e-mail. The ITIC website enjoys interest among Internet users worldwide, and the ITIC publications are cited by decision-makers, journalists and various research institutes. The publications of the ITIC are available by direct e-mail to those who register on the website.