Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 23 – 29, 2017)

This week there were no significant attacks in Judea and Samaria and no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. Abu Mazen met in Ramallah with an American delegation headed by Jared Kushner, advisor to the President of the United States.
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Spotlight on Iran (August 13 – 27, 2017)

As part of the growing Iranian involvement in Syria’s economy, about 30 Iranian companies took part in the international trade fair, held in mid-August in Damascus Iran continues to watch the upcoming independence referendum in the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Tehran continues to warily monitor the efforts of Saudi Arabia to improve its relations with Iraq and senior Shi'ite leaders, chief among them the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who visited the kingdom in late July.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 17 – 23, 2017)

ISIS, which is facing growing pressure in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for three terrorist attacks this week. It is unclear whether there is a connection between the attacks in these countries. On the ground, the pressure on ISIS continues.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 16 – 22, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. An ISIS-affiliated jihadist operative from the Gaza Strip blew himself up at a Hamas check post en route to the Sinai Peninsula. Yahya al-Sinwar, head of Hamas' political bureau in the Gaza Strip, held a closed meeting with political commentators and analysts.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 10 – 16, 2017)

Syria - the fighting in Al-Raqqah is still bogged down, and the SDF forces are encountering fierce resistance. Iraq - the campaign to take over the city of Tal Afar from ISIS began, with the participation of the Iraqi army and the Iranian-affiliated Shiite militias (“the Popular Resistance”).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 9 – 15, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem and an attempted stabbing attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Eyal Zamir, commander of the IDF's Southern Command, held a press briefing near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. He said Israel would accelerate the construction of a barrier along the Gazan border.
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