The Global Jihad

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 7-13, 2023)

This week, there was an increase in ISIS’s activities around the world. The organization’s activities were concentrated in Syria and Africa. In ISIS’s activity in the desert area, nine members of the forces supporting Syria and three civilians were killed. In the rebel enclave in Idlib, exchanges of fire continued between the Syrian army and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated HTS. An operation by the Kurdish SDF forces against ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor area killed 29 militants and 25 SDF fighters. In Iraq ISIS operatives attacked the building of a government company engaged in mining east of Rutba, in western Iraq. This is the most significant attack carried out by ISIS in Iraq in recent times. The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimeen (JNIM) announced that it had attacked a Burkina Faso army force near the border with Mali. According to the organization, at least 50 soldiers were killed.Al-Qaeda and ISIS marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by glorifying the event and inciting violence against the “infidels.”
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 31-September 6, 2023)

This week, there was a decline in the scope of ISIS’s activity around the world. Most of the organization’s activity focused on Africa. In the rebel enclave in Idlib, clashes intensified between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations led by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated HTS. ISIS operatives in Deir ez-Zor threatened the Kurdish SDF forces and the Syrian army that they would liberate their operatives and their families detained in the Al-Hol camp. In Nigeria ISIS continued to attack the Nigerian army in Borno State, in the northeast of the country. In Somalia: Operatives of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab continued their attacks against Somalia’s security forces. The Somali army, alongside its regional partners and the US army, continued its activity against the organization. Al-Shabaab reportedly sustained around 200 fatalities.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 24-30, 2023)

This week, the scope of ISIS’s activity around the world increased. The organization’s activity focused on Africa. In Israel an indictment was filed against a resident of Rahat for membership in ISIS and an attempt to enlist support for the organization.The Salafist-jihadi organization Ansar al-Tawhid in Syria claimed responsibility for detonating a booby-trapped tunnel under Syrian army positions on the outskirts of Idlib, killing at least 11 soldiers and wounding 20 others. Two Syrian soldiers were killed and six wounded while attempting to infiltrate the rebel enclave in Idlib. ISIS prisoners reportedly escaped from Ghuwayran Prison in Al-Hasakah. In Nigeria: ISIS carried out several attacks against Nigerian security forces in the northeast of the country. Clashes between Boko Haram and ISIS continued. A total of 49 women kidnapped by Boko Haram were released for ransom paid by their families.In Somalia Operatives of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab attacked three bases of Somali army special units and militias supporting the army. According to the organization, following the attack, it managed to retake several cities and towns in the region.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 17-23, 2023)

This week, there was a decline in the scope of ISIS’s activity around the world. The centers of activity were Africa and Syria .HTS operatives and Syrian regime forces, supported by the Russian Air Force, exchanged artillery fire. HTS detained a senior member of the organization on suspicion of having contacts with elements outside the organization. An ISIS operative who was involved in the attack at Set Zaynab in Syria was killed in Beirut during an attempt by Hezbollah operatives to arrest him. In Nigeria: In clashes between ISIS and Boko Haram, at least 100 people were killed on both sides. Militants, apparently Al-Qaeda or ISIS operatives, attacked a Nigerien army force near the Niger-Mali border. A total of 17 soldiers were killed and about 20 wounded.. The Somali government banned the use of TikTok and Telegram, claiming that Al-Shabaab uses these platforms to spread its ideology.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 9-16, 2023)

This week, there was an increase in the scope of ISIS’s activity around the world. Syria: ISIS operatives ambushed Syrian army buses in the desert area south of Al-Mayadeen. A total of 33 Syrian soldiers were killed. Africa: Mozambique: ISIS operatives attacked a Mozambican army compound in northeastern Mozambique. Seven soldiers were killed and ten wounded. Mali: The Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), Al-Qaeda’s branch in the Sahel, announced that its operatives had attacked Malian army soldiers and Wagner Group mercenaries on the periphery of the city of Timbuktu. Dozens of soldiers from the Malian army and the Wagner Group were killed and wounded. Somalia: The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab carried out several attacks against the Somali security forces and Somali civilians, and at the same time suffered dozens of fatalities. Nigeria: Boko Haram operatives attacked civilians and military forces in the northeast. Iran: A gunman opened fire at people at the Shiite shrine of Shah-e Cheragh in the city of Shiraz. One man was killed and eight others were wounded. The perpetrator was captured. The attack was apparently carried out by ISIS. It should be noted that on October 26, 2022, an ISIS operative shot at this shrine, killing 12 people and wounding more than 20. ISIS is believed to be behind the attack. UN terrorism experts claim that ISIS still has thousands of operatives in Syria and Iraq and that the organization poses a real threat in Afghanistan.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 3-9, 2023)

This week, there was a decline in the scope of ISIS activity around the world. The organization’s activity was concentrated in Syria and Africa. ISIS announced the death of its leader (caliph) and the appointment of a new leader, Abu Hafs al-Hashemi al-Qurashi. Operatives of several provinces have already pledged allegiance to the new leader. In Syria: At least ten fighters of the Syrian army and the forces supporting it were wounded in an attack carried out by ISIS east of Al-Raqqah. In another incident, two officers and four soldiers were killed in attacks carried out by operatives of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated HTS against Syrian army positions in the western area of the rebel enclave in Idlib. A Malian army convoy was attacked in the border area between Mali and Niger. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, noting that 13 soldiers were killed and three others were abducted.
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