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In 2015 ISIS established two strongholds beyond the borders of its power base in Iraq and Syria: the first in the Sinai Peninsula, where it wages determined fighting against the Egyptian security forces. The second is situated in the north- central Libyan city of Sirte and its surroundings, where it has established territorial control and from where it seeks to take over the entire country.
ISIS in Libya: a Major Regional and International Threat
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the Qods Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), under the command of Qasem Soleimani, has led the effort to keep Damascus and strategic Syrian strongholds in the north from falling into the hands of the rebels, and to prevent the collapse of the Syrian regime. The Iranians have supported the Syrians with arms and guidance, and have sent Iranian advisors and fighters to Syria for close cooperation with the Syrian army and security forces.
Profile of IRGC Fighters Killed in Syria during the Past Month (Updated to November 16, 2015) - Dr. Raz Zimmt*
Abdelhamid Abaaoud (Abu Oud) was a terrorist operative of Belgian origin who headed the network that carried out the terrorist attack in Paris. After the attack he was pursued by the French security forces. On November 18, 2015, French police raided a building in the suburb of St. Denis, north of Paris, where Abaaoud was supposed to be hiding. A squad of terrorists was in the building and engaged in a firefight with the French police, during which a female terrorist was killed.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, ISIS Terrorist of Belgian Origin Who Orchestrated the Terrorist Attack in Paris (Updated to November 19, 2015)
For the past two months, since the Jewish High Holidays in September, the Palestinians have been waging a terrorist campaign against Israel, which continues in full force. It can be considered to have begun with stones thrown at the car of Alexander Levlowitz near the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem on September 14, 2015, leading to his death. The campaign gathered steam with riots on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and spread to Israel, Judea and Samaria, and currently focuses on the city of Hebron and its surroundings.
Interim Findings of the Profile of Palestinians Who Carried Out Attacks in Judea and Samaria in the Current Terrorist Campaign* (September 14 – November 15, 2015)

The Shooting and Stabbing Attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Signals an Escalation in the Complexity and Daring of the Palestinian Terrorist Campaign.

Issued on 09/02/2016 Type Article
On February 3, 2016, three young Palestinians carried out a combined shooting and stabbing attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. A Border Policewoman was shot and killed, and another was critically wounded.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 31 – February 14, 2016)

Issued on 14/02/2016 Type Article
Dozens of Iranians, including high-ranking officers, were killed in a ground offensive waged by Syrian regime supporters in the northern part of the city of Aleppo. After Saudi Arabia announced it was prepared to send military forces to Syria, senior Iranian officials warned the Saudi authorities not to carry out their intentions. The Iranian foreign ministry denied a report issued by a human rights organization claiming that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had recruited willing and unwilling Afghan refugees living in Iran to fight in the war in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 4-10, 2016)

Issued on 10/02/2016 Type Article
The main development of the week was the offensive by the Syrian Army, in the area north of Aleppo, which began on the day the Geneva III Conference started. At this point, the Syrian Army has enjoyed successes at the operative level, particularly the liberation of the besieged Shiite towns of Nubl and Zahraa, and cutting off the rebel organizations’ supply routes to and from Turkey. The developments on the ground are a blow to the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 3 – 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the Palestinian terrorist campaign continued, manifested by shooting and stabbing attacks. Prominent was the shooting and stabbing attack carried out near the Nablus Gate in Jerusalem by three Palestinian youths from Qabatiya. One Border Policewoman was killed. Terrorist tunnels in the Gaza Strip continue collapsing, primarily because of severe weather conditions, but also because of the flooding of tunnels by the Egyptian security forces
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 28 – February 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/02/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined suicide bombing attack carried out in the area of the shrine of Al-Set Zaynab, a holy Shiite site south of Damascus. In Syria, the Syrian Army continues to establish itself east and northeast of the city of Aleppo, In Deir al-Zor and its environs, fighting continues between the Syrian Army and ISIS. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs of the presence of ISIS, so far without success.
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The social networks as a source of inspiration and imitation for terrorists: the case study of Amjad Jaser Sukari, the Palestinian policeman who carried out a shooting attack near Beit El.

Issued on 02/02/2016 Type Article
On January 31, 2016, a shooting attack was carried out at an IDF roadblock near Beit El north of near Ramallah, which is used exclusively by senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures (sometimes called the "VIP roadblock"). The terrorist drove to the roadblock. When he was stopped and asked for his ID card, he took out a gun and shot at the soldiers.
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