Iran

Spotlight on Iran* (June 4 – 18, 2017)

Issued on 18/06/2017 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials expressed concern after several Arab states (led by Saudi Arabia) suspended relations with Qatar. Senior Iranian officials exploited ISIS's twin terrorist attacks on the Iranian parliament building and the shrine of the Islamic Revolution founder's grave to justify its military involvement in Iraq and Syria, and accused Saudi Arabia of responsibility for the attacks. The Iranian media reported that fighters of the Fatemiyoun Brigade (Afghans operating under the aegis of the IRGC in Syria) had recently arrived at the Syria-Iraq border.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 8-14, 2017)

Issued on 14/06/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined attack carried out by ISIS in Tehran against the Majles Building (the Iranian Parliament) and the Khomeini Mausoleum compound. The combined ISIS terrorist attack in Tehran is the first of its kind. ISIS is under severe pressure on the ground. Along the Syria-Iraq border, the competition for control is increasing between the US and the rebel organizations that it supports on the one hand, and the Syrian regime and its allies on the other.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 2-7, 2017)

Issued on 07/06/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined vehicular and stabbing attack on London Bridge, for which ISIS claimed responsibility. On the ground, pressure on ISIS is increasing: Syria: on June 6, 2017, SDF forces began an attack on the city of Al-Raqqah, with Coalition air support. It is worth noting the increasing “competition” between the various international, regional and local forces to demonstrate their presence along the Syrian-Iraqi border (from a strategic perspective with regard to the importance of controlling the border area after the fall of Mosul and Al-Raqqah).
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Spotlight on Iran* (May 21 – June 4, 2017)

Issued on 04/06/2017 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials responded to remarks made by Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia by rejecting his claims about Iranian support for terrorism. Iran and Russia continue coordinating the military campaign in Syria. The Russian ambassador to Tehran told that Russia was satisfied with Iranian-Russian cooperation in Syria. He added that Russia was convinced the Syrian crisis could not be resolved without Iranian involvement. New photos circulated on the social networks showing Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, with Iraqi Shi'ite militia fighters on the Syria-Iraq border.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 24 – June 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/06/2017 Type Article
This past week Palestinian popular terrorism was manifested by a stabbing attack at the entrance to the community of Mevo Dotan (northern Samaria) in which an IDF soldier was seriously wounded. The Israel Security Agency exposed a Palestinian network that carried out a shooting attack against an IDF force near Tulkarm. This week, after forty days, the hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners ended.
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Iranian Support for Palestinian Terrorism: This year funds were again transferred to families of shaheeds in the Gaza Strip by the Iranian Martyrs Foundation through the PIJ-affiliated al-Ansar charity association

Issued on 28/05/2017 Type Article
On May 21, 2017, the al-Ansar charity association, which operates in the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian branch of the Iranian Martyrs Foundation announced they would grant financial support to the families of shaheeds killed between the beginning of the second intifada (the "al-Aqsa intifada') and June 31 (sic), 2014 (Operation Protective Edge). The sum mentioned was $2 million, and the distribution of the funds has already begun.
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