The Global Jihad

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 13-19, 2023)

ISIS’s activity around the world continued to be relatively low this week. Most of it focused on Africa.The Iranian Revolutionary Guards branch in Syria and representatives of the Syrian army are working to recruit fighters trained by the Russian Wagner Group for operations against ISIS. Militants, apparently Al-Qaeda or ISIS operatives, attacked a convoy of Nigerien security forces close to the Niger-Mali-Burkina Faso tri-border area. A police officer and four civilians were killed and 19 people were wounded. The Somali government has declared an all-out war on the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab. The British Home Secretary warned that ISIS and Al-Qaeda were planning attacks in the kingdom. Following the burning of the Quran in Sweden, elements affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda call for attacking Christians in Europe. Elements affiliated with Al-Qaeda call on Muslims in Israel to attack civilians and soldiers.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 6-12, 2023)

This week, ISIS’s activity around the world continued to be relatively limited and focused on Africa. A senior ISIS operative was killed in Syria in a US drone attack in the Aleppo region. Russian fighter jets disrupted the activity of US drones operating against ISIS in several different incidents. A video from the Al-Hol camp documents training of the children of ISIS operatives. In Nigeria ISIS operatives killed around 50 Boko Haram operatives and their families. In Kenya Thirty operatives of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab were killed in exchanges of fire with Kenyan police Special Forces. The editorial of ISIS’s weekly Al-Naba refers to the burning of the Quran in Sweden by an Iraqi immigrant and calls for jihad against the “infidels” and for applying Islamic law (Sharia). According to a new study, Islamic terrorist organizations in Africa are transferring their social media activity to encrypted applications.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 29 – July 5, 2023)

This week, there was a further decline in ISIS’s activity around the world. The organization’s activity focused on Africa.ISA Director Ronen Bar revealed that since the beginning of 2022, the ISA has dealt with over 600 ISIS-related cases in Israel and that some of the operatives were just about to launch an attack. In Mozambique: ISIS operative attacked joint patrols of the Mozambican army and Southern African Development Community (SADC). In Somalia Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab held a parade attended by hundreds of its fighters. The forces of the African Coalition reduced their presence in the country.The battle for hearts and minds: The editorial of Al-Naba, ISIS’s weekly, deals with a jihad fighter’s reward. It stresses that the jihad fighter is rewarded both in this world and in the next. A senior leader in Al-Qaeda’s branch in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) calls on Muslims in “Palestine” to continue the jihad against the Jews. He also calls on Al-Qaeda operatives in North Africa and the Sahel to continue fighting against ISIS and on Al-Shabaab operatives to continue fighting against their enemies, i.e., in Somalia and its neighboring countries
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 22-28, 2023)

This week, there was a decline in ISIS’s activity around the world. The organization’s activity focused on Africa. In Syria Four policemen were killed in a shooting attack targeting a vehicle they were traveling in northwest of Daraa. A Syrian army brigadier general was ambushed and killed. Russian Air Force planes carried out extensive airstrikes against rebel targets in the rebel enclave of Idlib. Dozens of fatalities were reported. The Iraqi Army Spokesman noted that ISIS had lost 99 percent of its power in. In Somalia Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab detonated two car bombs against bases of the Somali army and the African Union troops. Seven soldiers were killed. The editorial of ISIS’s weekly Al-Naba deals with the importance of pilgrimage in Islam (Hajj) while criticizing the rulers of Saudi Arabia.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 15-21, 2023)

ISIS’s activity around the world continued to focus on Africa. The main incident this week was an ISIS attack on a high school in the city of Mpondwe in southwestern Uganda, in which 41 people were murdered, mostly children, and several others were abducted. There was an increase in ISIS’s activity in Syria. A total of 37 ISIS operatives escaped from a prison in Ras al-’Ayn in northern Syria, 25 of whom have not been apprehended yet. Three Syrian soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in the explosion of an IED apparently planted by ISIS in the Homs region. Five soldiers or fighters of the forces supporting the Syrian army were killed and seven others were wounded in the explosion of an IED in a bus northwest of Deir ez-Zor. The findings of a UN report indicate the strengthening of Al-Qaeda and ISIS in the country.The editorial of ISIS’s weekly deals with the meeting of the Global Coalition against ISIS, held in Saudi Arabia
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 8-14, 2023)

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the struggle against ISIS has had many successes but it is not yet over In Afghanistan An ISIS operative carried out a suicide bombing attack at a mosque. Fifteen people were killed and 50 were wounded .In Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ISIS continued its activity against security forces and Christian civilians. A UN special investigation team on ISIS (UNITAD) reported to the UN
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