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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*
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
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)

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 27 – February 2, 2016)

Issued on 02/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued. There were shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks, along with the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails.
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The social networks as a source of inspiration and imitation for terrorists: the case study of Obada Abu Ras, the Palestinian terrorist who carried out the stabbing attack in Givat Ze'ev, Jerusalem.

Issued on 31/01/2016 Type Article
On January 27, 2016, an Israeli man was stabbed and seriously wounded by a Palestinian. The attack took place in the Givat Ze'ev neighborhood northwest of Jerusalem.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 17 – 31, 2016)

Issued on 31/01/2016 Type Article
Mohammad-Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that one of Iran's major gains from regional developments was the enlistment of more than 200,000 men as fighters in the popular militias in Syria, Iraq and Libya. He said Iran would foil the "Zionist-American plot to divide Iraq and Syria." At least five more IRGC fighters were killed in Syria. Since the beginning of the ground offensive in northern Syria more than 135 Iranian fighters have been killed.
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The stabbing attack in Beit Horon showed an increase in relative complexity, daring and premeditation

Issued on 27/01/2016 Type Article
On January 25, 2016, a stabbing attack was carried out in the Israeli village of Beit Horon (near Route 443, a major traffic artery leading to Jerusalem). Two Palestinian students, who apparently knew each other from Bir Zeit University, entered the village by climbing over its security fence. They went to a local grocery store where they stabbed a young woman standing outside.
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