Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 28 – February 3, 2021)

The main event of the past week was the targeted killing of Abu Yasser al-Issawi, ISIS’s deputy leader and governor of ISIS’s Iraq Province, by US-led International Coalition planes in collaboration with Iraqi forces, about a week after ISIS’s mass-casualty double suicide bombing attack in Baghdad (January 21, 2021). The scope of ISIS’s activity in Iraq and Syria was similar to that of previous weeks. In Syria: In the Idlib region, exchanges of artillery fire continued between the Syrian army and the forces supporting it, and the rebel organizations, south and southeast of Idlib. In Iraq: ISIS’s activity continued, including an attack on high-voltage pylons supplying electricity to Kirkuk.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 27 – February 2, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip this past week the number of active Covid-19 cases continued to decrease; in response Egypt opened the Rafah Crossing. A Palestinian attempted to stab an IDF soldier at the Gush Etzion Junction. Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, arrived in the Gaza Strip bringing Qatar's monthly donation of $3 million. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh reported that formal contacts had been renewed between the PA and the American administration after the complete break in relations under Trump.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 27-21, 2021)

The main event of the week was a double suicide bombing attack carried out by ISIS operatives in Baghdad. Routine attacks continued in ISIS’s various provinces in Syria, Iraq and throughout Africa and Asia. Noteworthy incidents this week: Syria: ISIS’s activity continued in the desert region. Iraq: ISIS ambushed and attacked forces of the Popular Mobilization (Shiite militias) north of Baghdad. The Sinai Peninsula: ISIS continued its attacks in the northern Sinai Peninsula against Egyptian army targets (mainly the activation of IEDs and shooting attacks at targets such as a tank, an armored vehicle and a bulldozer). Afghanistan: Noteworthy incidents this week included targeted killings of intelligence personnel through the use of sticky bombs (Kabul) and shooting at point-blank range (Jalalabad).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 20 – 26, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria coronavirus infections continue to decrease. Another rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian attempted a stabbing attack in Judea and Samaria near Ariel. This past week the Israeli security forces detained three wanted Palestinians near Jenin who had been planning to carry out terrorist attacks. There was an explosion in a multi-floor residence in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The building collapsed. In the internal Palestinian arena activities continue for the upcoming elections.

Spotlight on Iran (January 10, 2021 – January 24, 2021)

Senior Iranian officials avoided publicly commenting on the reports about Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) strikes on eastern Syria on the night between January 12th and 13th against targets linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the pro-Iranian militias. The former commander of the artillery force of the IRGC in Syria stated in an interview to Iranian TV that Iran’s involvement in Syria, which was intended to prevent the collapse of the Assad regime, started before ISIS began its entrenchment in Syria. The fourth conference of the joint Iranian-Iraqi economic committee was held in Tehran, in the presence of senior state officials, and public and private sector businessmen to discuss expanding the cooperation between the two countries in the energy, transportation, tourism, construction, water and electricity sectors.

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

Routine attacks continued in ISIS’s various provinces in Syria, Iraq and throughout Africa and Europe. Syria: The desert region continues to be a hotbed of ISIS attacks concurrently with counterterrorism activity by the Syrian army and the forces supporting it. Iraq: This week, ISIS’s attacks continued in the Salah al-Din Province (north of Baghdad) and in several other provinces. The Sinai Peninsula: ISIS’s intensive activity in northern Sinai continues, mainly in the form of detonating IEDs against vehicles.

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