Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 15-22, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out two shooting attacks in northern Samaria; no Israeli casualties were reported:. A mass-casualty attack was averted when a car bomb exploded prematurely. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. A young Palestinian was killed. Clashes broke out in Hebron between Jewish worshippers and Palestinians. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet.
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Spotlight on Terrorism : Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria (November 8-21, 2022)

The political stalemate in Lebanon continues no candidate for the position of president has been agreed on. A meeting was held by a Lebanese army, UNIFIL and IDF representatives. Hezbollah marked Shaheed Day with a memorial for Ahmed Qasir, the Hezbollah terrorist operative who carried out the first suicide bombing. Three attacks in Syrian were attributed to Israel.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 10-16, 2022)

ISIS supporters threaten to carry out attacks during FIFA World Cup in Qatar. ISIS’s activity throughout the world continued to decrease. Sinai Peninsula: A Sinai Tribal Union fighter was killed in the explosion of an IED activated against a Union force east of Rafah. Syria: Fighting continues between local militias and ISIS cells in the city of Daraa and its environs. Iraq: The Iraqi forces’ counterterrorism activity against ISIS continued, alongside minor ISIS activity. Afghanistan: A Taliban force raided an apartment used by ISIS as a hiding place in Kabul. Five ISIS operatives were killed. Turkey: On November 13, 2022, an IED exploded in central Istanbul. Six people were killed and 82 were wounded. Terrorism financing: ISIS operatives began to use the Tinder dating app (in its South African version only) to fraudulently obtain funds for the organization. The battle for hearts and minds: ISIS merged three media foundations affiliated with it to improve its media network.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 8-15, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks. One was a combined stabbing-vehicular ramming attack in Ariel, killing three Israelis and wounding four; the other was a shooting attack at the Gilboa Crossing, The Gaza Strip remained relatively calm. The PA continued promoting unilateral measures against Israel. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh continued accusing Israel of direct damage to the PA's environment.
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Spotlight on Iran (November 3, 2022 – November 17, 2022)

On the night of November 8th, a convoy of fuel trucks was struck with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near the Iraq-Syria border crossing. The pro-regime Syrian newspaper al-Watan reported, based on sources in Tehran, about a decision of the Iranian government to increase the export of oil to Syria to three million barrels per month. The secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought visited Syria and met with the Syrian minister of religious endowments and Syrian clerics and discussed ways to further religious cooperation between the two countries. In mid-November, the commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) arrived for a visit to Baghdad, where he met with senior Iraqi government officials and leaders of pro-Iranian Shia factions. The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces spoke on the phone with Iraq’s incoming minister of defense and expressed willingness to expand Iranian military and security assistance to Iraq. In early November, the Iranian ambassador to Damascus met with representatives of Palestinian factions in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 3-9, 2022)

The most prominent of this week’s incidents was an attack carried out by the Somali army and local militias supporting it against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab Organization. The downtrend in ISIS’s activity around the globe continues. In Syria fighting between the Syrian army and HTS intensified in the Idlib region. In the Daraa region, fighting continued between local militias and ISIS’s local cells. In Afghanistan ISIS claimed responsibility for activating an IED against a minibus carrying Taliban government officials in Kabul.
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