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This week, ISIS suffered two additional blows in the strategically important Iraq-Syria-Jordan tri-border area. The city of Rutba and the Al-Tanf border crossing are of major importance because they control the main route leading from Baghdad to Damascus and Jordan. ISIS, on its part, has increased its terrorist attacks against Shiite targets in Baghdad.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 11-18, 2016)
ISIS continues to face military pressure in Iraq and Syria: In Iraq, a campaign for the liberation of Fallujah has begun. ISIS’s response to the pressure it is facing is to increase its terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare in Syria and Iraq. With the approach of the month of Ramadan, ISIS mounted an extensive propaganda campaign that focused on threats of carrying out attacks against Western countries (the US and Europe) and against Israel and the Jews.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 19-25, 2016)
This week as well, attacks continued on ISIS’s strongholds in Syria, Iraq and Libya, so far with no significant changes on the ground In the US, a mass-murder terrorist attack was carried out, the most serious attack in its history (49 dead). The attack was carried out by an American citizen from an Afghan family, who was apparently inspired by ISIS; In France, a senior police officer and his partner were murdered in their home by a radical Islamic operative from a Moroccan family, who was also inspired by ISIS
Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 9 - 15, 2016)
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)

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 13 – 19, 2016)

Issued on 19/07/2016 Type Article
his past week terrorist event focused on the stabbing attack in Gush Etzion and an attack prevented in Jerusalem. The Palestinian media reported that Facebook had removed pages affiliated with Hamas in Judea and Samaria. A Hamas spokesman said it was not the first time Facebook had removed Hamas pages.
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Spotlight on Iran* (July 4-17, 2016)

Issued on 17/07/2016 Type Article
Mohammad Bagheri, newly appointed commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces, held a press conference where the said that improving Iran's military capabilities and supporting "the oppressed peoples of the region" were at the top of the Iranian military's priority list. A new group of snipers from the Afghan Fatemiyoun Brigade, operating under the aegis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was deployed to the front in Syria after receiving advanced training from Hezbollah.
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The Social Networks as a Source of Inspiration and Emulation, and a Platform for Expression of Palestinian Terrorists: The case of Muhammad Tarayrah, who murdered a 13 year-old girl in her sleep in Kiryat Arba

Issued on 12/07/2016 Type Article
In the early morning hours of June 30, 2016, a Palestinian terrorist climbed over the security fence around the Givat Harsina neighborhood in Kiryat Arba. He advanced about 150 meters (about 165 yards) to a house on the outskirts of the neighborhood, entered the bedroom Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year-old girl, and stabbed her to death in her sleep.
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