Studies

The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC: A Major Iranian Intelligence Apparatus

The Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a major intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic, having increased its influence and broadened its authorities. Iran’s intelligence apparatus, similar to other control and governance apparatuses in the Islamic Republic, is characterized by power plays, rivalries and redundancy. The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC, which answers to the supreme leader, operates alongside the Ministry of Intelligence, which was established in 1984 and answers to the president.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to November 9, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: This past week the sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued with 1,738 new cases (approximately 250 new cases per day). As of November 9, 2020, the number stood at 3,014, up from 2,549 last week. The situation in Judea and Samaria: This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in Judea and Samaria rose again, with 2,358 new cases. As of November 8, 2020, there were 4,281 active cases, down from 4,315 a week ago. The number of deaths stands at 477, up from 455 a week ago. Weddings remain one of the main venues for spreading the virus.
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A shooting attack against an IDF force near Nablus ended with the death of the shooter. The Palestinian foreign ministry issued a false report, representing the killing as a “barbaric execution” (a familiar PA response to Palestinian popular terrorism events).

On November 4, 2020, a Palestinian armed with a hand gun drove to a roadblock near Hawwara (south of Nablus) and opened fire at IDF soldiers manning the site. The soldiers identified the threat, took cover and returned fire, killing the shooter. No IDF casualties were reported (IDF spokesman, November 4, 2020).
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Shooting attack carried out by an ISIS supporter in Vienna (initial overview)

On the evening of November 2, 2020, a shooting attack was carried out against passersby in the Vienna city center by a young ISIS supporter. Four people were killed and over 20 were wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. In the ITIC's assessment, this was not an ISIS, preplanned and orchestrated attack, but a local initiative. However, the perpetrator may have had accomplices in Austria or even outside the country.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to November 2, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: This past week the sharp rise number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued with 1,408 new cases. As of November 3, 2020, the number stood at 2,647, up from 2,080 on October 27, 2020. The situation in Judea and Samaria: This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in Judea and Samaria rose, with 2,330 new cases. As of November 1, 2020, there were 4,415 active cases, up from 4,389 a week ago. The number of deaths stands at 455, up from 417 a week ago. Despite the rise in infection, so far the Palestinian Authority
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Analysis of the new statement of ISIS spokesman following the normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain

On October 18, 2020, ISIS’s Al-Furqan Media Foundation released an audiotape of the organization’s spokesman Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi. The title of the tape is a verse from the Quran – “So narrate to them stories of the past, so perhaps they will reflect ”. In the 32-minute tape, the spokesman calls for the overthrow of the “tyrannical” rulers in Arab countries, following the normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.
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