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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
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
The 7th Fatah Movement conference held in Ramallah between November 29 and December 4, 2016 dealt mostly with internal Palestinian issues, with the struggle for Mahmoud Abbas' successor in the background. It also discussed strategies for dealing with Israel on the ground and in the international arena.
The 7th Fatah Movement Conference Again Legitimizes Popular Terrorism (The So-Called "Peaceful Popular Resistance")
This past week there were two major attacks of Palestinian popular terrorism: Fires raged throughout Israel and the Benjamin and Judea districts for six days, causing substantial property damage and destroying extensive wooded areas. The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent eight fire engines and 41 firemen to help put out the blazes. According to initial and partial information, only a minority of the fires were caused by arson.
News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 23-29, 2016)

Spotlight on Iran* (February 12-26, 2017)

Issued on 26/02/2017 Type Article
During the second half of February 2017, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, paid a visit to Moscow. Tension has surfaced between Iran and Turkey. Na'im Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary general, said his organization was proud of its relations with Iran, and called on other regional countries to strengthen their relations with Iran which, he claimed, had changed the face of the Middle East.
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Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, Chairman of the UNRWA Staff Union in the Gaza Strip and Boys' Elementary School Principal, Is Elected to Hamas' New Gaza Political Bureau

Issued on 23/02/2017 Type Article
Elections were recently held for Hamas' political bureau in the Gaza Strip, the movement's supreme institution in Gaza. Fifteen members were elected, headed by Yahya Sinwar. It has a large number of members affiliated with Hamas' military wing and is dominated by members who hold extremist views.
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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 16-22, 2017)

Issued on 22/02/2017 Type Article
On February 19, 2017, the Iraqi forces, with US and coalition air support, opened the offensive to liberate west Mosul. The Iraqi forces opened the attack on Mosul’s western and southern outskirts. In the city of Al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo, fighting continues.
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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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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.