Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (July 7, 2022 – July 21, 2022)

On July 19, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey held a summit in Tehran as part of the Astana Talks process concerning the settlement of the war in Syria. On July 10, Iranian President Raisi spoke on the phone with the Syrian President al-Assad and called for the implementation of agreements signed by both countries during the recent visit of the Syrian president to Tehran in May.Iraqi sources reported that the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Esmail Qa’ani, visited northern Iraq in early July, and met with representatives of the two major Kurdish parties to mediate between them and solve the disagreement between them concerning the nomination of the next Iraqi president.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 14-20, 2022)

There was a decline in the scope of ISIS’s activity around the globe this week. Africa continued to be the epicenter of its activity. In Sinai Peninsula Six ISIS operatives were killed in a joint operation by the Egyptian army and the Sinai Tribal Union. Africa: ISIS continued its attacks against military and villages in the north of the country. Following US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, ISIS’s Al-Naba weekly published statements made previously by ISIS Spokesman Abu Umar al-Muhajir, attacking Arab countries for signing agreements with Israel.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 13 – 19, 2022)

On July 15, 2022, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle which entered Nablus without authorizationThe Israeli security forces continued their activities in Judea and Samaria to detain Palestinians suspected of terrorist activities and to confiscate illegal weapons.On July 16, 2022, four rockets and machine guns were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. No casualties or damage were reported. In response Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked Hamas terrorist targets. During his visit to the Middle East, President Joe Biden met with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. According to Palestinian commentators, the visit was a disappointment, because with the exception of the declaration of financial aid, the visit did not touch on political matters.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 7-13, 2022)

According to an Iraqi security source, a new ISIS leader (khalifah) has been appointed. In Syria, US forces carried out a targeted killing of ISIS’s commander in Syria and his deputy, near the Syrian-Turkish border. In Nigeria, ISIS operatives broke into Kuje Prison southwest of the capital Abuja, liberating hundreds of inmates.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 6 – 12, 2022)

On July 5, 2022, shots were fired from a passing vehicle at an IDF force manning a roadblock at the entrance to Homesh, northwest of Nablus. The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. A Palestinian was killed in an activity near Jenin. The Palestinian Authority (PA) continued making preparations for Joe Biden's visit. Senior PA figures are pessimistic about the possibility of a positive outcome. The Palestinians were disappointed by the results of independent investigation sponsored by the United States into the death of al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh.
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Spotlight on Terrorism : Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria (June 26 – July 9, 2022)

Senior Hezbollah figures and the Hezbollah-affiliated media continued to justify the July 2, 2022, launching of drones to the area of the Karish gas rig. To mark the 40th anniversary of Hezbollah's founding, tourist routes were opened along sites of important events in the organization's history. Hezbollah's civilian activity in south Lebanon continued., A Syrian army commander was killed in an aerial attack in the Golan Heights village.
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