Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 2-8, 2021)

This week there was an increase in the volume of ISIS’s activity around the world. ISIS carried out noteworthy attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Sinai Peninsula and Nigeria. Afghanistan: ISIS continued its attacks, mainly against the Taliban forces. Syria: ISIS carried out noteworthy attacks in the desert region against militias and forces supporting the Syrian army. Iraq: ISIS concentrated on attacks against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The Sinai Peninsula: ISIS operatives carried out a number of attacks against the Egyptian army and the forces supporting it. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to ISIS’s interpretation of the recent events in Sudan.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 2, 2021 – December 9, 2021)

For the first time since Ebrahim Raisi assumed the position of President of Iran, the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Faysal Miqdad, arrived for a two-day visit in Iran. Against the backdrop of the visit of the Iranian minister of industry and trade in Syria and the opening of the Iranian trade fair in Damascus in late November, senior Iranian officials working in the economic sphere renewed their call to solve the issues hindering the expansion of trade ties between the two countries.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 1-7, 2021)

This past week three terrorist attacks were carried out, a vehicular ramming attack at the Te'enim Crossing and two stabbing attacks, one near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem and the other at the al-Jib border crossing. Two Israelis were injured. On December 1, 2021, two Israeli civilians lost their way and drove into Palestinian Authority territory, arriving at Menara Square in the center of Ramallah. The Gaza Strip: Several media outlets reported that according to "Hamas sources," in view of the Egyptian delay in activities for rebuilding the Gaza Strip, Hamas and other Palestinian organizations in the Gaza Strip informed Egypt it had until the end of the year to begin the process, threatening that otherwise they would gradually escalate their activities against Israel, beginning the following week. In the meantime, Hamas administrative employees began receiving their salaries.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 25 – December 1, 2021)

Afghanistan: Attacks against the Taliban forces continued, although there was a slight decrease in the scope of ISIS’s activity this week. Syria: In Syria as well, ISIS’s limited activity continued. Iraq: The main incident was a car bomb blast in Mosul’s Al-Zohour neighborhood. According to ISIS, several police and intelligence personnel were killed or wounded, and three cars were damaged. The Sinai Peninsula: Two officers were reportedly killed and several soldiers wounded in two attacks carried out by ISIS operatives against Egyptian army forces. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in this week's issue of ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to inter-Arab talks aimed at normalizing relations between Arab countries and the Syrian regime.
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Spotlight on Iran (November 18, 2021 – December 2, 2021)

A prominent Iranian commentator denied in an interview to the Tasnim news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the unconfirmed reports that Syria’s leadership was behind the decision to end the tenure of the commander of the Iranian forces in Syria. In late November, the Fatemiyoun Brigade, an Afghan militia operating under IRGC command in Syria, carried out a military exercise with special forces, ground troops and armored vehicles. The Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, stated in a TV interview that since September, the organization has paid over 10 million dollars to import fuel and diesel from Iran to Lebanon.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 21-27, 2021)

Afghanistan: ISIS operatives continue to carry out attacks against Taliban forces and Shiite civilians. Syria: The downtrend in ISIS’s activity continues. Russian Air Force planes carried out airstrikes against ISIS targets in the desert region. In Iraq, ISIS’s activity was also limited. The Sinai Peninsula: Three fighters from the Tarabin tribe, which is part of the tribal union supporting the Egyptian army against ISIS, were killed in the explosion of a mine apparently planted by ISIS operatives. Africa: ISIS continued to attack military forces and Christian civilians, mainly in Nigeria, Mozambique and the Congo. The battle for hearts and minds: with the approach of Christmas and New Year’s Day, ISIS-affiliated accounts on TikTok have begun posting content encouraging ISIS operatives and supporters to carry out terrorist attacks in Western countries.
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