Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 5-11, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, local clashes continued between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations in the Idlib region, accompanied by airstrikes and artillery exchanges, with no significant change in the situation on the ground. In the Iraqi arena, ISIS has continued its intensive activity, mainly in the Diyala Province, north of Baghdad. The most common attacks were mortar shell fire, activation of IEDs, light weapons fire and sniper fire.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 4-10, 2019)

On December 6, 2019, the return march was renewed after a hiatus of three weeks. About 4,200 Palestinians participated. On December 7, 2019, three rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. In response the IDF attacked Hamas targets. This past week a senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) delegation arrived in Egypt to discuss a lull arrangement. On December 9, 2019, Fatah called a general strike in the Hebron district to protest Israel's plan to build in the city's wholesale market.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 28 – December 4, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, the Syrian army repulsed counterattacks by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and the rebel organizations in the area southeast of Idlib. The Iraqi arena has seen an increase in the intensity of ISIS’s attacks this week, with an emphasis on the Diyala Province north of Baghdad. ISIS’s main activity abroad was a stabbing attack carried out in London by a jihadi operative (two dead, three wounded). Among ISIS’s provinces abroad
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 26 – December 3, 2019)

On November 29, 2019, for the third consecutive week, the return march in the Gaza Strip was postponed. The Supreme Authority called on the Palestinians to participate in the return march events this coming Friday (December 6, 2019), whose theme will be "The march continues." Despite the postponement of the march events, several young Palestinian rioters gathered in the southern Gaza Strip and threw Molotov cocktails, IEDs and stones at IDF forces. A field hospital is currently being constructed by an American NGO in the northern Gaza Strip near the Erez Crossing. Its construction has been severely criticized, especially by Fatah.
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Spotlight on Iran (November 17, 2019 – December 1, 2019)

In response to the launch of rockets from Syria toward Israel on November 19, the next day, the IDF struck targets of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Syrian Army. Iran maintained ambiguity with regards to the IDF strike on IRGC targets. The American TV network, Fox News, published satellite imagery showing that Iran is rebuilding the Imam Ali base near Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border. As part of the ongoing protests in Iraq, on the night of November 27, protesters torched the Iranian consulate in Najaf, southern Iraq. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spoke with the Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 21-27, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, the pressure on the two rival jihadi organizations, the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and ISIS, has increased over the past week. In Afghanistan, ISIS’s Khorasan Province suffered a severe blow in light of the success of the large-scale operation of the Afghan security forces, with the support of the United States and the Coalition. US and Afghan government officials claim that ISIS’s Khorasan Province has been eliminated.
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