Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (March 4 – March 18, 2018)

Against the backdrop of European efforts to place limitations on Iran’s ballistic missile program and curtail its regional influence so as to prevent the collapse of the nuclear agreement, Iran continues to emphasize its refusal to negotiate over these matters. In parallel with the ongoing campaign in eastern Ghouta, Iran continues to deliberate with Turkey, Russia and the Syrian regime as part of the negotiations concerning the settlement of the war in Syria. Meanwhile, senior Iranian officials continue to publicly demand an end to the American presence in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 8-14, 2018)

This week, the fighting in Syria was concentrated in eastern Al-Ghouta, where the Syrian forces managed to divide the area controlled by the rebel organizations into three parts. South of the city of Damascus, ISIS, which controls most of the area of the Yarmouk refugee camp, is preparing for the possibility that the Syrian effort will be directed against it after the fall of eastern Al-Ghouta. Another site of fighting is the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria. The Egyptian security forces, which are carrying out intensive security operations against ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula, continue to report on their successes against ISIS
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 7 – 13, 2018)

This past week there were three shooting attacks at IDF posts in Samaria and the Benjamin region. In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip demonstrations and riots continued. On March 13, 2018, an IED was exploded to attack a convoy in the Gaza Strip. In the convoy were Rami Hamdallah, the prime minister of the Palestinian national consensus government, and Majed Faraj, head of Palestinian General Intelligence.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 1-7, 2018)

This week as well, the fighting in Syria focused on eastern Al-Ghouta. This week, the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (affiliated with Al-Qaeda) continued its violent clashes with other rebel organizations in order to gain exclusive control of the Idlib area. In Iraq, the security forces continue to achieve successes in their activity against ISIS operatives and networks in the various provinces.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 28 – March 6, 2018)

In the northern Israeli city of Acre a vehicular attack was carried out by an Israeli Arab whose motive, according to the Israel Police Force, was nationalistic. Four people were wounded; three of them belonged to the Israeli security forces. In Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip clashes and riots continued, although with relatively low intensity. In the Gaza Strip preparations continue for the "the great march of the return," in which Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are supposed to march to the border with Israel
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Spotlight on Iran (February 18 – March 4, 2018)

While Iran continues to downplay its involvement in the ongoing campaign in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Bagheri, emphasized that "the cleansing of the Damascus suburbs controlled by the terrorists" will continue. While Iran continues to downplay its involvement in the ongoing campaign in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Bagheri, emphasized that "the cleansing of the Damascus suburbs controlled by the terrorists" will continue. In Iraq, where preparations are underway for the general election in May of this year, Iran continues to pursue its efforts to establish ties with various political and social groups in the country.
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