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

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
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 16-22, 2017)

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 15 – 21, 2017)

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 9-15, 2017, 2017)

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
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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.

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
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 8 – 14, 2017)

Popular terrorism attacks continue in Judea and Samaria and trickle into Israel. Prominent this past week was a combined shooting and stabbing attack at the entrance to a market in Petah Tikva, in the center of the country. Four rockets were fired at Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, from the Sinai Peninsula. They were launched by
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