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Major Challenges Faced by Iran in the Regional Arena in 2018

The far-reaching political transformations that have occurred in recent years in the Arab world created new opportunities for Iran to increase its regional clout.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 7 – 13, 2018)

This past week events focused on the attack of two Israeli soldiers (one female) who took a wrong turn and entered the Palestinian city of Jenin. This past week there were two stabbing attacks: a Palestinian went to the community of Karmei Tsur in Gush Etzion and stabbed a security guard in the arm. Another security guard shot and killed the Palestinian. This past week no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli media reported that the Israel Security Agency revealed Hamas was transferring funds from Turkey to Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 1-7, 2018)

The Syrian forces continued their campaign to take over the Idlib Province, the most significant stronghold of the rebel organizations headed by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham. A Russian Sukhoi 25 plane was shot down in the area of Idlib. In the area between Albukamal and Deir ez-Zor, east of the Euphrates River, ISIS is conducting intensive guerrilla activity against the SDF forces.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 25-31, 2018)

In Syria, the fighting continued in the various arenas. In the area of the Abu Ad-Duhur military airbase, clashes continued between the Syrian forces and operatives of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and ISIS (separately). In eastern Syria, ISIS continues to wage guerrilla warfare against the Kurdish-dominated SDF forces east of the Euphrates River, north of Albukamal. In Afghanistan, intensive terror and guerrilla activity continues on the part of ISIS's Khorasan Province and the Taliban.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 18-24, 2018)

Turkey and the rebels sponsored by it launched a military operation against a Kurdish enclave in Ifrin, in northwestern Syria The operation is directed against the Kurdish force (YPG). This week, the Syrian forces took over the Abu al-Duhur military airbase south of Aleppo. In eastern Syria, ISIS continues to carry out intensive attacks against the Kurdish SDF forces east of the Euphrates River.
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Spotlight on Iran (January 7- January 21, 2018)

The intention of the United States to establish a military force, comprised of its allies the Syrian Democratic Forces. The fissures between Iran, Turkey and Russia over the settlement of the war in Syria are increasingly apparent. Iran is showing greater interest in Iraq, as the Iraqi political arena shifts gears ahead of the upcoming general elections, set to be held in May 2018.
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