Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 29 – August 4, 2021)

Syria: There was a decrease in ISIS’s activity this week. Iraq: This week, there was a decrease in ISIS’S activity in Iraq as well. Sinai: A major event this week was an attack on an army base near Al-Joura in the Sheikh Zuweid region in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Africa: This week, there was a decrease in the volume of ISIS’s activity in Africa. Afghanistan: Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu expressed concern over the pullback of the US forces from the region. Propaganda: The feature article in ISIS’s Al-Naba' weekly is dedicated this week to events in Tunisia.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 28-August 3, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians clashed with the Israeli security forces at a number of locations in Judea and Samaria. Israel announced a series of measures to ease daily life for the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip: Attempts continue to conclude an arrangement with Israel and to rebuild the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority (PA): The PA is facing a financial crisis, to the point where it cannot promise to be able to pay its employees' salaries in the coming months. Sheikh Jarrah: The Palestinian families living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem rejected a compromise offered by Israel's Supreme Court. Deliberations will continue next week.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 22-28, 2021)

Jordan: According to the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ra’i, in February 2021, the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate (GID) thwarted plans by an ISIS squad numbering four operatives to carry out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers on the Jordanian-Israeli border. This week was marked by a decrease in the volume of ISIS’s activity in the various provinces around the globe, despite the fact that it usually increases its activity during the Muslim holidays. Syria: In the Idlib region, the Syrian army and the forces supporting it continued to fire artillery at the rebel enclave, with Russian air support. Iraq: In general, there was a decline in the volume of ISIS’s activity this week.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict July 21 – 27, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the Bayta and Nabi Saleh regions. One Palestinian was killed and several were wounded. The Gaza Strip: On July 25, 2021, the Gazan incendiary balloon-launching units renewed their activities, causing three fires in the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip. UN international commission of inquiry: On July 22, 2021, the UN Human Rights Council announced the formation of the international commission of inquiry, established "to investigate violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up to and since 13 April 2021, and all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions.

Spotlight on Iran (July 8-22, 2021)

On July 9, an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighter was killed in Syria, likely in a mine explosion. The Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani, recently visited Syria, during which he stopped over at the headquarters of the Fatemiyoun Brigade, an Afghan militia operating under IRGC control in Syria. In late July, an Iranian trade delegation is set to visit Syria to further cooperation between the cement industries of the two countries. The Iranian President-Elect, Ebrahim Raisi, spoke on the phone with the head of Hamas’ Politburo and the secretary general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 15-21, 2021)

Syria: Idlib region – 10 soldiers were killed and several others were wounded in exchanges of artillery fire between the Syrian army and the rebels. Iraq: One noteworthy attack this week was a deadly attack carried out by ISIS operatives on the eve of Eid al-Adha in a crowded open market in a Shiite neighborhood in east Baghdad. Africa: ISIS announced the resumption of hostilities between its operatives and the joint forces of Mozambique, South Africa and Portugal in the Palma region, northeast of Mozambique. Afghanistan: ISIS operatives continued to attack government and Taliban targets.

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