Iran in the Post-ISIS Era: Aims, Opportunities and Challenges

The “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria is undergoing a process of disintegration and ISIS will return to its “natural state” of a jihadist terror organization, not a “state” with territorial borders. The defeats experienced by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, central among them the loss of Mosul, the battle in Raqqa and the advances of Syrian forces in Deir Ezzor, create new opportunities for Iran to increase its influence in Syria, Iraq and the entire Middle East.

European countries freeze donations to anti-Israel women’s organization after learning it supported the establishment of a women’s center named after Palestinian terrorist Dalal al-Mughrabi

On August 21, 2017, the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands announced they would immediately stop their joint funding of the Women's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC). In addition, according to the announcement, they would initiate an investigation to discover how the funds they had contributed were used.

Analysis of ISIS’s Claims of Responsibility for Terrorist Attacks Carried Out Abroad

This study examines the forms of ISIS's claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks it carried out abroad (i.e., not in Iraq and Syria, its "core countries"). It covers 22 claims of responsibility for attacks carried out between June 2016 and June 2017.

Spotlight on Iran (August 13 – 27, 2017)

As part of the growing Iranian involvement in Syria’s economy, about 30 Iranian companies took part in the international trade fair, held in mid-August in Damascus Iran continues to watch the upcoming independence referendum in the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Tehran continues to warily monitor the efforts of Saudi Arabia to improve its relations with Iraq and senior Shi'ite leaders, chief among them the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who visited the kingdom in late July.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 17 – 23, 2017)

ISIS, which is facing growing pressure in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for three terrorist attacks this week. It is unclear whether there is a connection between the attacks in these countries. On the ground, the pressure on ISIS continues.

Vehicular Attacks in Spain: The Current Situation (Updated to noon, August 20, 2017)

On August 17 and 18, 2017, two vehicular attacks were carried out in Spain: A vehicular attack on Las Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona, crowded with tourists. A vehicular attack in the vacation town of Cambrils, southwest of Barcelona. It was carried out by five terrorists driving a van.

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