Iraq

Spotlight on Iran (November 18 – December 2, 2018)

The 32nd annual Islamic Unity Conference was held in Tehran and attended by Iranian senior officials and representatives from about 100 countries. According to Syrian sources cited in the newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat, Iran recently stepped up its efforts to recruit Syrian citizens into pro-Iranian militias operating in northeastern Syria. Iran continues to exert effort to cement its economic foothold in Iraq.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 22-28, 2018)

In the Idlib area and west Aleppo, incidents continued between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations. The Syrian regime accused the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham of firing the shells and utilized the incident for a smear campaign against the rebel organization. ISIS’s provinces around the world continue to initiate attacks.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 15-21, 2018)

The scope of incidents between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations, particularly the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and other jihadi organizations, continues to increase in the Idlib area, including in the demilitarized zone. In eastern Syria, a number of Coalition airstrikes were carried out this week against ISIS targets in the Hajin area (ISIS’s stronghold north of Albukamal).
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Spotlight on Iran (November 4, 2018 – November 18, 2018)

Diplomatic efforts concerning the settlements of the Syrian war continue. In the military domain, on November 9, Syrian sources reported that special forces of the Syrian military in collaboration with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out a raid against a position of the Syrian rebel groups Jaysh al-Izza near Lataminah. A growing Iranian role in religious and economic affairs in the region. Iranian media provided extensive coverage of the events of the past week in the Gaza Strip
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 8-14, 2018)

In the Idlib area, there was an increase in the intensity of the incidents between the Syrian army and the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and other jihadi organizations (dozens of fatalities on both sides). Around the world, terrorist attacks inspired by ISIS or carried out by its operatives continue. In Australia, a stabbing attack was carried out in the city of Melbourne by a member of a Somali immigrant family (one dead passerby and two wounded).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 1-7, 2018)

Russian spokesmen and the Turkish foreign minister announced that the implementation of the Sochi Agreement was proceeding as planned, without significant interruptions. In ISIS’s former “capital” Al-Raqqah, which was taken over by the SDF about a year ago, ISIS has started increasing its activity. This week as well, showcase attacks continued in ISIS’s provinces outside Syria and Iraq
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