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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 28 – August 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/08/2016 Type Article
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.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 21-27, 2016)

Issued on 27/07/2016 Type Article
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.
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Collection of Information about ISIS: Opportunities and Challenges*

Issued on 26/07/2016 Type Article
The situation of the campaign against ISIS, as of the summer of 2016, is complex: on the one hand, ISIS is sustaining losses from the coalition airstrikes. It is also losing some of the territories under its control in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, as a result of ground attacks carried out by local armies and militias.
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Vehicular Attacks: A Lethal, Easily-Executed Type of Attack Most are carried out by lone operatives unaffiliated with terrorist organizations although sometimes inspired by them

Issued on 24/07/2016 Type Article
The vehicular attack carried out on the Nice promenade on Bastille Day, July 14, 2016, claimed the lives of 84 people and wounded 200. It was the most lethal vehicular attack ever carried out, no less lethal than most of the other terrorist attacks carried out in Europe during the past year. However, unlike the ISIS attacks, it was relatively simple.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 14-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/07/2016 Type Article
The main events of the week were two terrorist attacks in France and Germany, carried out by lone wolf terrorists. In both cases, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks Some two months ago, ISIS called on its supporters in the West to carry out attacks intended to kill civilians/
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ISIS: An Overview and Future Trends*

Issued on 20/07/2016 Type Article
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.
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