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More than a month after the beginning of the campaign for Mosul. The Iraqi army advances slowly in the eastern neighborhoods of the city and toward the airport south of Mosul, facing fierce resistance on the part of ISIS. The Shiite militias and an Iraqi army force have taken over the airport of the city of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, and cut off the main road between Iraq and Syria. Reportedly, ISIS has switched to using alternative roads.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 17-23, 2016)
This past week Palestinian popular terrorism continued, including an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandia crossing (north of Jerusalem). A Palestinian terrorist tried to stab a security guard and struggled with him. He was shot and killed. Palestinians continued throwing stones at Israeli vehicles and at the Israeli security forces. The Hamas security forces detained Abdallah al-Ashqar, a senior Salafi jihadist terrorist operative in the Gaza Strip and in ISIS's Sinai Province.
News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 16 – 22, 2016)
Iranian newspapers recently published criticism of Russia and claimed its policies in Syria ignored vital Iranian interests. Iranian criticism of Russia is not new. Iran is deeply suspicious of Russia and its regional aspirations. However, the recent criticism in Tehran reflects growing Iranian suspicion, especially after Aleppo fell to the Syrian army forces and the ceasefire was brokered by Syria and Turkey without Iranian participation.
Iranian Concerns Grow Over Russia's Syrian Policies - By Dr. Raz Zimmt
Throughout 2016, Palestinian terrorists in Judea, Samaria and Israel continued carrying out various types of popular terrorism attacks (the so-called "popular resistance"). The wave of popular terrorism waned in April. After April, the average monthly distribution was greater than in previous years.
Palestinian Terrorism against Israel, 2016: Types, Trends and Data

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 15 – 21, 2017)

Issued on 21/02/2017 Type Article
This past week no significant terrorist attacks were carried out in Judea and Samaria. However, popular terrorism continued with riots and stones thrown at Israeli vehicles. On February 20, 2017, two rockets were fired at Israeli territory from the Sinai Peninsula.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 9-15, 2017, 2017)

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
Free Syrian Army forces entered the city of Al-Bab, in cooperation with the Turkish Army. In the city of Daraa in southern Syria, several rebel organizations, including the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, launched an attack against Syrian Army strongholds in the Manshiya neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its preparations to take over the western part of the city of Mosul.
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Turkey strives to create a "safe zone" along its border with Syria after the liberation of al-Bab, seeking support from President Donald Trump.

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
After having liberated the rural area around al-Bab and encircled the city, on February 11, 2017, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army initiated an attack to take control of the city. The attacking forces occupied the western part of the city (about 40% of its total area). They are removing mines and IEDs from the city streets and advancing towards the city center, which is still under ISIS control. ISIS is showing fierce resistance, but apparently the fall of al-Bab is close.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 8 – 14, 2017)

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Popular terrorism attacks continue in Judea and Samaria and trickle into Israel. Prominent this past week was a combined shooting and stabbing attack at the entrance to a market in Petah Tikva, in the center of the country. Four rockets were fired at Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, from the Sinai Peninsula. They were launched by operatives of ISIS's Sinai Province.. In the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar, a senior operative in Hamas' Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, its military-terrorist wing, was elected as the organization's leader in the Gaza Strip.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 30, 2016 – February 12, 2017)

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Ali-Akbar Velayati, advisor to the Iranian supreme leader for international affairs, said Iran would welcome any just ceasefire recognized by the Syrian people and the country's legal government. Iran and Russia continue consultations on developments in Syria following the Astana talks. Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, said that Hamas had recently been in contact with Iran to strengthen bilateral relations. On January 28, 2017, Tasnim News reported what it claimed was a documentation of tunnels dug from the Gaza Strip to an Israel army base. A video was shown of an interview with operatives of the "Mujahideen Battalions."
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 2-8, 2017)

Issued on 08/02/2017 Type Article
In Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria, and in Al-Bab, ISIS’s last stronghold west of the Euphrates River, ISIS is under increasing pressure from the attacking forces (the Syrian Democratic Forces with US support, the Free Syrian Army with Turkish support). In the other areas in east Syria, ISIS continues its local offensive initiatives against the Syrian Army, so far without either of the parties gaining the upper hand.
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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center researches and issues information bulletins about terrorist organizations, among them Palestinian and Lebanese terrorist organizations, Al-Qaeda and global jihad terrorist organizations around the world. The ITIC monitors the terrorist organizations' activities (terrorism, establishing terrorist networks, procuring weapons and financing, media) in the Middle East and beyond. It also studies anti-Israeli incitement and the campaign to delegitimize Israel in the Middle East and around the globe.

The ITIC issues bulletins dealing with the structure of the Palestinian terrorist organizations, their weapons, financing and activities, the Palestinian Authority and its policies toward the terrorist organizations, the terrorism-sponsoring countries (especially Iran and Syria), the global jihad and its links to the Palestinian terrorist organizations, preventing terrorist attacks, etc.