The Global Jihad

Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 9-15, 2023)

This week, the center of ISIS activity was in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the other areas, there was relatively little activity. In Afghanistan An ISIS operative wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at the headquarters of the Balkh province, killing the province governor and two other civilians. In The Democratic Republic of the Congo ISIS operatives killed dozens of Christian citizens in several villages near the border with Uganda. In Nigeria: Dozens of terrorist operatives, apparently from ISIS, attacked and killed 36 fishermen.
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The Houthi Movement and the War in Yemen: Development and Significance

The Houthi movement was established in Yemen in the early 1990s, based on Shiite Zaydi Muslim residents, who make up about 30% of the country’s population. In 2004, the movement mounted a rebellion against the central government in Yemen because it had become too closely affiliated with the US and Israel. Until 2009, six rounds of fighting between the parties took place, at the end of which the Houthis established autonomy in northern YemenIn the ITIC’s assessment, the Houthis have weapons that can harm Israel, and in the past, senior Houthi officials even made statements about a willingness to do so if Israel posed an immediate threat. The potential threat to Israel from the Houthis exists, but for now, in the Israeli context, the Houthis are mainly engaged in statements of support for Hezbollah and the Palestinian terrorist organizations and providing financial aid to these organizations for the fight against Israel.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 2-8, 2023)

ISIS activity around the world moderately increased this week. The main event was a suicide attack in southwest Pakistan in which 10 policemen were killed and 12 others were wounded. In Syria: Eight civilians were killed and over 35 were wounded when a mine, apparently of ISIS, exploded near a truck that was carrying them. Somali security forces killed 200 operatives of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab and took over several areas that were under the organization’s control. Several media foundations affiliated with ISIS, which deal with the translation of the organization’s media materials into different languages, announced that they started operating under one media foundation called “Fursan al-Tarjuma.”
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 23 – March 1, 2023)

ISIS activity around the world moderately increased this week. In Syria: Ten civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded in the explosion of two mines in the Syrian Desert. In Afghanistan: Two ISIS operatives, one of them a senior Khorasan Province operative, were killed and another was detained in a counterterrorism operation. In Burkina Faso: ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on the army of Burkina Faso that took place last week, saying that about 70 soldiers were killed.: The ISIS-affiliated Al-Battar media foundation calls for attacks against Christians in Western countries against the background of the burning of the Quran in Sweden.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 16-22, 2023)

This week saw a moderate increase in ISIS activity around the world. The center of activity was in Syria, ISIS operatives continued to attack civilians in the desert region. Close to 100 people were killed in recent attacks. In Iraq Twelve ISIS operatives were killed in a counterterrorism operation by the Iraqi Air Force on the outskirts of Baghdad. Taliban Special Forces operated against an ISIS hideout in Kabul. UN experts estimate that the successor of Ayman al-Zawahiri in the leadership of Al-Qaeda is Saif al-Adel, who guided some of the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 9-15, 2023)

This week, there was a moderate increase in ISIS’s activity around the world. The centers of ISIS activity were Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mozambique., Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov warned that the threat posed by ISIS remains high, especially in Africa. The editorial of ISIS’s Al-Naba weekly claimed that the earthquake is a message of warning and intimidation from Allah to the Muslims so that they strengthen their faith. In a video by Al-Zawahiri on the issue of “Palestine” he calls on Muslims around the world to help the Palestinians “liberate Palestine.”
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