ISIS

ISIS announces campaign to avenge the death of its former leader and spokesman

On April 17, 2022, ISIS’s spokesman released an audiotape by several media outlets, calling on all Muslims around the world to launch a campaign of vengeance for the death of ISIS’s former leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi and spokesman Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, who were killed in Syria in February 2022.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 31 – April 6, 2022)

In Syria and Iraq, ISIS’s relatively low-intensity activity continued this week. The Sinai Peninsula: Egypt announced that it had extended for another six months the presidential decree indicating a special security situation in the Sinai Peninsula. Africa: In Nigeria, this week ISIS’s attacks were concentrated in the Malam Fatori region in northeastern Nigeria, near the border with Niger. ISIS’s media outlets continue to release videos documenting operatives pledging allegiance to the new leader in ISIS’s various provinces. Following two ISIS-inspired attacks in Israel (in Beersheba and Hadera), sources in the Israeli defense establishment estimate that there are currently around 200 Arab citizens of Israel who are affiliated with ISIS’s ideology. The battle for hearts and minds: ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly devoted a central place in this week's issue to the attack in Hadera.
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After the terrorist attacks in the Israeli cities of Beersheba and Hadera, ISIS launches campaign to encourage its supporters to continue carrying out attacks in Israel

In the third week of March 2022, two terrorist attacks were perpetrated in Israel (in Beersheba and Hadera) by Israeli Arabs who were affiliated with ISIS and were probably inspired by it. In a statement published by ISIS on its Telegram channel, it officially claims responsibility for carrying out the attack in Hadera. In a statement published by Amaq Agency, ISIS’s media arm, the terrorist attack in Beersheba is also mentioned, although no separate official claim of responsibility has been issued (Telegram, March 27, 2022).
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Two deadly ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks carried out in southern and central Israel

On March 22 and 27, 2022, two deadly terrorist attacks were carried out, one in Beersheba, in southern Israel, and one in Hadera, in the country's center. So far it is unclear if they were connected. Four Israelis were killed in Beersheba and two were wounded. In Hadera two Israelis were killed and five were wounded.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 17-23, 2022)

On March 22, 2022, a combined vehicular ramming and stabbing attack was carried out in Beersheba. Four people were killed. The perpetrator, who was killed by civilians at the scene, was a resident of Hura, a Bedouin township near Beersheba. He had been arrested in the past and served a prison sentence for supporting ISIS. In Syria, activity focused on the desert region. Iraq: The relatively low level of ISIS activity continued, concentrating mainly in the Salah al-Din and Kirkuk provinces. The Sinai Peninsula: The uptrend in ISIS activity continued, after a hiatus of several months. The activity was directed against the forces of the Egyptian army and Sinai Tribal Union, which supports it. The battle for hearts and minds: This week, too, the lead article in ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to the death of ISIS’s leader.
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ISIS confirms the death of its leader and announces Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as the new leader

On March 9, 2022, ISIS’s media arm Al-Furqan Foundation released an audiotape entitled “Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow [to the death – as shaheed]” . The 12-minute audiotape consists of a statement by Abu Omar al-Muhajir, ISIS’s new spokesman. He officially confirms the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, ISIS’s (second) leader, and its spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi, and announces that Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi is ISIS’s new leader (Telegram, March 9, 2022).
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