Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (October 7, 2021 – October 21, 2021)

Iranian media outlets did not go beyond offering basic news reports concerning the assassination of Midhat al-Saleh, who was tasked by the Assad regime of managing the “Golan file.” In early October, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, visited Syria and Lebanon. The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the deadly clashes that erupted on October 14 in Beirut, and accused Israel of backing those who fired at Hezbollah and Amal supporters. Several Iranian media outlets voiced concern about the results of the parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 14-20, 2021)

Afghanistan: ISIS operatives once again carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque in the Kandahar Province during Friday prayers. More than 60 people were killed in the attack and a similar number were wounded. In Syria, relatively low ISIS activity was recorded this week. In Iraq as well, the number of attacks continued to drop. Britain: A British MP was stabbed to death during an election rally at a church. British security officials determined that this was a terrorist attack. The battle for hearts and minds: This week’s lead article in ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to an argument with those who oppose the war against the Shiites (implicitly the Taliban).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 13-19, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week a Palestinian carried out a vehicular ramming attack in Qalandiya, wounding an Israeli Border Police fighter. The Gaza Strip: The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, and his second in command arrived in the Gaza Strip and met with the Hamas leadership. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Shtayyeh have been urging the American administration to advance the Palestinian cause, including keeping promises made to the PA, among them the reopening of the American consulate in east Jerusalem and promoting "trust building" measures. The Palestinian terrorist prisoners: Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike to protest the sanctions imposed on them after six prisoners escaped from Gilboa Prison.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 7-13, 2021)

Afghanistan: ISIS operatives continued to carry out attacks against the Taliban forces and Shiite civilians. Syria: In general, there has been a decrease in ISIS attacks. Iraq: Despite this week's elections, ISIS was relatively inactive (two attacks were carried out against polling stations). The Sinai Peninsula: Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree (the first of its kind) authorizing the defense minister to impose a series of special measures on the entire Sinai Peninsula and not just the northeast, which is the area where the campaign against ISIS operatives is taking place. The battle for hearts and minds: The feature article in Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to the parliamentary elections in Iraq and the fact that democracy is in complete contradiction to Islamic law (Sharia).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 6-12, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, including buses, driving on the roads. The Gaza Strip: The Hamas talks in Egypt ended. Israeli work permits for Palestinians: Following rumors about the possibility of receiving work permits for Israel, thousands of Gazans went to the offices of the bureau of commerce in Gaza to ask for them. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke with Mahmoud Abbas about developments in the Palestinian cause and the political process. The coronavirus: Active coronavirus cases continue declining in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 14 – October 6, 2021)

Afghanistan: ISIS’s Khorasan Province significantly increased its activity against the Taliban in Afghanistan over the past three weeks. During the period under review, there was a relative decrease in ISIS’s activity in most of the provinces, apart from Iraq: Syria: ISIS’s activity focused on the Syrian Desert region, mainly against the Syrian army and the forces supporting it. Iraq: ISIS’s activity continued, mainly against the Iraqi security forces and the forces supporting them. Most of the activity focused on the Diyala Province. The Sinai Peninsula: The head of ISIS’s Sharia activity in the Sinai Peninsula and his family turned themselves in to the tribal militias in Sinai, which support the Egyptian army.

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