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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)
The main event of the week was the mass-killing attack carried out by three suicide bombers at the international airport in Istanbul. On the ground, ISIS continues to suffer blows in the areas under its territorial control in the various arenas. There are two other arenas where ISIS is facing a threat of losing important strongholds in the near future.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 23 - 29, 2016)
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.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 21-27, 2016)

The Campaign West of the Euphrates: Analysis of Turkish Army and Rebel Organizations' Capture of Jarabulus (Initial assessment, morning of August 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/08/2016 Type Article
On August 24, 2016, the city Jarabulus, located near the Turkish border, was captured from ISIS by Turkish army armored and special forces along with Syrian rebel organizations. From the Turkish perspective, the objective of the so-called Operation Euphrates Shield was to repel ISIS from proximity to its border and prevent the Kurdish forces from making additional gains west of the Euphrates. The ISIS operatives in Jarabulus did not put up significant resistance and retreated from the city to the organization's strongholds in al-Bab and Tabqa.
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Spotlight on Iran* (August 14-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/08/2016 Type Article
Iran allowed the Russian air force to use its base at Hamedan (western Iran) for air strikes in Syria. A high ranking commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed Iran had established a "Shi'ite liberation army" operating in Syria, Iraq and Yemen under the command of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC's Qods Force. He said the objective of the "liberation army" was to ensure that Israel would not exist within 23 years. Osama Hamdan, responsible for Hamas' international relations, claimed the relations between Iran and Hamas had improved. He denied a report in a Saudi Arabian-sponsored newspaper that Tehran had conditioned Iran's continued financial support of Hamas on a pledge of loyalty to Iran.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 18-24, 2016)

Issued on 24/08/2016 Type Article
This week, the fighting in Syria was concentrated in and around the city of Aleppo and in the area west of the Euphrates River, near the Syrian-Turkish border In Aleppo, the rebel organizations (led by the Fateh al-Sham Front) managed to fend off attacks by the Syrian Army and maintain the logistical corridor in the south of the city. In the area west of the Euphrates River, the collapse of ISIS’s strongholds continues: on August 24, a Turkish military force along with rebel forces captured the city of Jarabulus, near the Syrian-Turkish border.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 17 – 23, 2016)

Issued on 23/08/2016 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the rocket attack targeting the southern Israeli city of Sderot. A Salafi jihadist network and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) issued separate claims of responsibility for the attack. Israel and Hamas both made it clear that they did not want the hostilities to escalate.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 11-17, 2016)

Issued on 17/08/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was the liberation of the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, near the Syrian-Turkish border. In the Aleppo region, the Syrian forces, with Russian air support, failed in their attempt to retake the logistics corridor that the rebel organizations had managed to open in the southern part of the city.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 10-16, 2016)

Issued on 16/08/2016 Type Article
This past week prominent terrorist events were a stabbing attack in the A-Tor neighborhood of east Jerusalem and two attempted stabbing attacks, one at a roadblock near the community of Shaked (northern Samaria) and the other at a roadblock in Hebron. The Israeli security forces recently exposed a number of terrorist squads in Judea and Samaria recruited by Hamas operatives from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
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