Studies

Analysis of ISIS’s Claims of Responsibility for Terrorist Attacks Carried Out Abroad

This study examines the forms of ISIS's claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks it carried out abroad (i.e., not in Iraq and Syria, its "core countries"). It covers 22 claims of responsibility for attacks carried out between June 2016 and June 2017.
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Vehicular Attacks in Spain: The Current Situation (Updated to noon, August 20, 2017)

On August 17 and 18, 2017, two vehicular attacks were carried out in Spain: A vehicular attack on Las Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona, crowded with tourists. A vehicular attack in the vacation town of Cambrils, southwest of Barcelona. It was carried out by five terrorists driving a van.
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ISIS Call to Attack Foreign Embassies and Diplomats of the “Infidel Countries”

ISIS's weekly newsletter al-Nabā' published an editorial about the lessons to be learned from the attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (July 30, 2017), which it called "an action of high quality." According to the editorial, attacking embassies and diplomatic staff is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to exert pressure on "infidel governments."
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Hamas Summer Camps Continue Training the Younger Gazan Generation for the Armed Struggle against Israel

This year, as in previous years, summer camps were held throughout the Gaza Strip, attended by tens of thousands of Gazan children and adolescents. Most of the camps were organized by Hamas, some by other terrorist organizations and institutions.
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The Crisis on the Temple Mount Overview (updated to the afternoon of July 27, 2017)

On the night of July 26, 2017, Israel dismantled the scaffolding for “smart” security cameras at the entrances to the Temple Mount, meant to be set up at a later date.
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Iran’s interests and intent in Iraq and Syria reflected in statements by senior commanders of the Popular Mobilization Committee, the umbrella organization of the Shi’ite militias in Iraq handled by the Iranian Qods Force

Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Committee, the umbrella organization of the Shi’ite militias in Iraq, recently gave a speech at a conference in Mashhad, Iran.
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