ISIS

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 3-9, 2021)

The main event this week was the killing of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi, in an operation carried out by US Special Forces on the night of February 2-3, 2022, in the village of Atmeh in the Idlib Province in northwestern Syria. Syria: The Syrian army's artillery fire continues in the Idlib region, with Russian air support. HTS detained three senior figures of Hurras al-Din, Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, and several operatives and commanders of the Sham al-Islam organization. Iraq: This week, the downtrend in ISIS’s activity continued. Sinai: The Sinai Tribal Union, which supports the Egyptian army, operated against ISIS. In one operation, ISIS’s commander in central Sinai was killed. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to an analysis of the term “tabshir," which means spreading the good news of the imminent victory of Islam. According to the author, spreading the good news embodies a large number of meanings. The weekly also published a poster encouraging jihad, entitled "The Jihad of the Believers Continues."
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ISIS’s takeover of the prison in Al-Hasakah, which it presents as an achievement, may bring about additional such actions

On January 20, 2022, about 200 ISIS operatives broke into the Al-Sina'ah-Ghuwayran Prison in the Al-Sina'ah neighborhood of Al-Hasakah, where over 4,000 ISIS operatives were held by the Kurdish forces (SDF). The attack, which is the largest action carried out by ISIS since its defeat in Al-Baghouz (March 2019), began with the detonation of two car bombs at the checkpoint at the prison gate. Then, dozens of armed operatives stormed the prison. There were heavy exchanges of fire and prisoners started to escape.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 27 – February 2, 2022)

Syria: After about 10 days of fighting in the Al-Sina’ah-Ghuwayran Prison in Al-Hasakah and its environs, the Kurdish SDF forces announced an end to the fighting and the elimination of all the ISIS pockets of resistance in the region. Iraq: ISIS continued its relatively low level of activity against the Iraqi army and the forces supporting it. Afghanistan: There was also a decrease in the volume of ISIS activity against the Taliban forces this week. In Africa, there was an increase in the scope of ISIS activity this week. The battle for hearts and minds: A large portion of ISIS’s weekly is devoted to turning the fighting at the Al-Sina’ah-Ghuwayran Prison in Al-Hasakah into a myth of heroism.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 20-26, 2021)

Syria: The main incident this week was the break-in by dozens of armed ISIS operatives at the Al-Hasakah prison, which is controlled by the Kurdish SDF forces, where several thousand ISIS operatives are incarcerated. In Iraq: ISIS continued its activity in the various provinces on a relatively small scale. The Sinai Peninsula: According to reports by local sources, 13 Egyptian army officers and soldiers were ambushed and wounded by armed men south of Sheikh Zuweid, apparently ISIS operatives. Afghanistan: ISIS continued its activity on a relatively small scale. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to a video released by ISIS and documenting the training adolescents in West Africa (“the Generation of Empowerment”).
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Summary of ISIS Activity around the Globe in 2021

The summary of ISIS activity in 2021, based on its claims of responsibility, shows that in 2021 the scope of ISIS terrorist activity around the globe continued in a format similar to that of 2020. The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has gathered information about ISIS activity around the globe over the past year, based on its claims of responsibility published in its media, and in Al-Naba’ weekly in particular.
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ISIS’s West Africa Province Grooms the Organization’s Next Generation

On January 18, 2022, the information office of ISIS's West Aafrican Province published a video entitled "The Empowerment Generation" (jil al-tamkin). The 27-minute video depicts the indoctrination and training of African youths at an ISIS training camp called "The institute for the lion cubs of the Caliphate" (Telegram, January 18, 2022). The location of the camp is not given is probably situated in northeastern Nigeria, which is where ISIS's West African Province operates.
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