Iraq

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 4-10, 2018)

The Syrian forces, with Russian air support, continued the campaign to take over the Idlib area, which is controlled by the rebel organizations (under the leadership of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham). This week, ISIS’s Sinai Province released a video filmed in northern Sinai severely criticizing the “infidel” Hamas.
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In view of its financial problems, ISIS is selling coins that it minted at the time of the Islamic State. Payment for the coins is madevia an international clearing system.

On December 26, 2017, ISIS’s Haqq website published an article stating that coins minted by the Islamic State were being sold on “one of the sites on the Internet” (without mentioning the site’s name or address). The article states: “One of the news sites [on the Internet] published an advertisement [for] the purchase of every [type] of dinar currency minted by the Islamic State. The website notes that payment for the coins is via PayPal."
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Spotlight on Iran (December 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018)

The protests that erupted in Iran in late December brought to the surface, once again, the internal public criticism surrounding the immense investments of the Iranian regime outside of its borders. Following the failure of the referendum initiative in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran is moving to restore normality in its activities in northern Iraq. In the Palestinian arena, Iran is increasing its support for Hamas.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 28, 2017 – January 3, 2018)

In Syria, clashes continued in the eastern part of the Idlib Province between the Syrian forces and the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham. In ISIS’s provinces abroad and in other countries, attacks by ISIS operatives or those who identify with ISIS (ISIS-inspired attacks) continue. In ISIS’s provinces abroad and in other countries, attacks by ISIS operatives or those who identify with ISIS (ISIS-inspired attacks) continue.
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The Movement of the Noble Ones (harakat al-nujaba)

The Movement of the Noble Ones (harakat al-nujaba) [henceforth "the Noble Ones"] is an Iraqi Shi'ite militia established in 2013 by Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi. The sheikh had close relations with Iran during his extensive guerrilla attacks against the American forces when they were in Iraq. Ostensibly the Noble Ones are subordinate to the "popular mobilization,"
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 21-27, 2017)

In Syria, battles continue between the Syrian forces and the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, as part of the campaign to liberate Idlib. In Afghanistan, the series of attacks in ISIS’s Khorasan Province (Afghanistan/Pakistan) continued. This week, ISIS announced the establishment of its Kashmir Province in India, as part of the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic Caliphate in the Indian subcontinent.
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