Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 7-13, 2018)

This week, the Syrian army attacked an ISIS enclave some 68 km northeast of As-Suwayda. While pressure is being exerted on ISIS in southern and central Syria, in eastern Syria ISIS took the initiative and attacked the city of Albukamal in the Lower Euphrates Valley. ISIS continues its intensive terror and guerrilla activity in Afghanistan

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 6 – 12, 2018)

The demonstrations and riots last Friday, June 8, 2018, which marked Global Quds Day and Naksa Day, were attended by more than 10,000 Gazans. This past week there was a stabbing attack in Afula in northern Israel in which an 18-year-old girl was wounded.

Spotlight on Iran (May 27 – June 10, 2018)

Iranian criticism of Russia is persisting in light of statements made by senior Russian officials calling for the withdrawal of foreign forces, including Iranians, from Syria. Two fighters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, one of them an officer, were killed last week in Syria. Tehran continues to closely follow the formation of the new government in Iraq. On June 8, rallies were held across Iran to mark the International Quds Day, which is marked annually since the Iranian Revolution to express Iran’s support and that of the Muslim world to the Palestinian struggle and the “liberation of Jerusalem.”

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 31 – June 6, 2018)

The Syrian army announced that it had completed preparations for the takeover of southern Syria and that 40,000 soldiers were waiting for the green light to begin the campaign. Concurrently with the preparations for the start of the campaign, intensive diplomatic contacts were held this week between Russia, the United States, Israel, and Jordan regarding all the components of regulating the situation in southwestern Syria. While ISIS is under severe pressure in its core countries of Syria and Iraq, ISIS’s various provinces are carrying out intensive terror activity.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 30 – June 5, 2018)

This past week events focused on two rounds of rocket fire attacking Israel, during which more than 150 rockets and mortar shells were fired, a quantity unprecedented since Operation Protective Edge. At the same time, the violent "popular" activities continue, including damage to the security fence, attempts to penetrate Israeli territory and destroy equipment.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 24-30, 2018)

After the takeover of the southern neighborhoods of Damascus from the hands of ISIS, and the mopping up of the entire Damascus area, the takeover of southwestern Syria from the hands of the rebel organizations is now on the agenda. The imminent campaign in southwestern Syria aroused many reactions at the political level, due to the proximity of the rebel forces’ control areas to the Syrian border with Israel and Jordan.

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