News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 13 – 18, 2017)

This past week no significant terrorist attacks were carried out in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The focus of political events was Hamas' announcement that it was prepared to dissolve the administrative committee it established in the Gaza Strip to replace the Palestinian Authority (PA). In ITIC assessment, the difficult economic situation in the Gaza Strip and the economic sanctions Mahmoud Abbas imposed on the Gaza Strip were behind the Hamas announcement.
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Spotlight on Iran (September 10-17, 2017)

Iran, Russia and Turkey continue to hold deliberations concerning the settlement of the war in Syria. Iran is persisting in its intensive diplomatic and public relations offensive against the upcoming referendum on independence of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Iran and Syria signed several agreements on cooperation in the electricity sector, reifying the growing Iranian role in Syria’s economy.
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Spotlight on Iran (August 27 – September 10, 2017)

Senior Iranian officials praised the lifting of the siege from the city of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, defining it as “important and strategic”. Meanwhile, Iran is continuing to pursue its diplomatic work vis-à-vis Syria and Russia surrounding the negotiations process. The incoming Iranian Minister of Defense, Amir Hatami, declared upon assuming his position that Iran will continue to provide assistance to the “resistance front,” adding that Iran is capable of expanding the “advisory assistance” it has provided to its proxies.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (14-18 September 2017)

Syrian forces are deepening their grip on the Deir ez-Zor region in an effort to encircle the ISIS operatives in the city and sever their logistic supply channels. In talks held in Astana between Russia, Turkey, and Iran another agreement on de-escalation was reached for the Idlib area. This week an IED was detonated on a passenger train in west London.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (7-13 September 2017)

This week the battle against ISIS focused on Syria in the Deir ez-Zor area on two fronts concurrently. In Iraq the security forces are continuing their preparations for the taking of Al-Hawija, one of ISIS’ last strongholds in the state. The ISIS information bureaus in the various provinces are expressing the distress the organization is experiencing.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (24-30 August 2017)

This week Islamic State (ISIS) suffered two more setbacks, tagged onto a string of failures: SIS was forced to agree to a ceasefire with Hezbollah, under which it evacuated its operatives from the West Qalamoun mountains The city of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, fell within a week into the hands of the Iraqi forces and the “Popular Mobilization” (Shiite militias sponsored by Iran).
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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.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 31 – September 6 2017)

ISIS continues its string of setbacks: In Syria - the SDF announced they had completed the capture of the Old City of Al-Raqqah. On 2 September 2017 the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Syrian forces, supported by the Russian air force, completed the capture of Uqayribat. In Iraq, Iraqi Premier Haider al-Abadi announced that Iraqi forces have completed the capture of Tal Afar, ISIS’s last stronghold in northern Iraq. The international coalition fighting ISIS has been preventing, through air strikes, the transit of hundreds of ISIS operatives and their families from the Qalamoun area to eastern Syria.
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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.
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A Hamas-affiliated Palestinian in Britain admitted the flotilla project to the Gaza Strip was not intended to “break the siege” and bring humanitarian aid, but rather to promote the battle for hearts and minds against Israel.

Zaher Birawi is a Palestinian activist who lives in Britain affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. He has extensive experience in dispatching flotillas from Europe to the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of "breaking the siege" of the Gaza Strip.
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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.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (6-12 September 2017)

This week there were no significant attacks in Judea and Samaria, however in three different incidents Palestinians were arrested at the security checkpoints near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron after they were found to be carrying knives. A large delegation of senior Hamas officials exited the Gaza Strip bound for Egypt. With the upcoming convening of the United Nations’ General Assembly session in New York (19 September 2017), the Palestinians are planning to file twenty resolutions.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 23 – 29, 2017)

This week there were no significant attacks in Judea and Samaria and no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. Abu Mazen met in Ramallah with an American delegation headed by Jared Kushner, advisor to the President of the United States.
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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.
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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.
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