Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 18-24, 2018)

Turkey and the rebels sponsored by it launched a military operation against a Kurdish enclave in Ifrin, in northwestern Syria The operation is directed against the Kurdish force (YPG). This week, the Syrian forces took over the Abu al-Duhur military airbase south of Aleppo. In eastern Syria, ISIS continues to carry out intensive attacks against the Kurdish SDF forces east of the Euphrates River.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 17 – 23, 2018)

This past week terrorist events focused on three popular terrorism ["popular resistance"] attacks. The Fatah movement disseminated notices calling "to escalate the popular resistance" and "to turn the lives of the settlers into a living hell." Mahmoud Abbas gave two speeches this past week. The first was a speech with strong rhetoric at the al-Azhar conference The second, with softer rhetoric was given at a press conference in Brussels
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Spotlight on Iran (January 7- January 21, 2018)

The intention of the United States to establish a military force, comprised of its allies the Syrian Democratic Forces. The fissures between Iran, Turkey and Russia over the settlement of the war in Syria are increasingly apparent. Iran is showing greater interest in Iraq, as the Iraqi political arena shifts gears ahead of the upcoming general elections, set to be held in May 2018.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 11-17, 2018)

In Syria, the fighting continued in the area between Hama and the Abu Ad-Duhur military airbase, the interim target of the campaign to take over the Idlib region. In Iraq, a multi-casualty suicide bombing attack was carried out in central Baghdad (26 killed, 95 wounded
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 10 – 16, 2018)

This past week terrorist events focused on the murder of an Israeli civilian at the Havat Gilad Junction in Samaria. The IDF exposed another tunnel (the fourth in the past months), 1.5 kilometers long (about .93 miles). The PLO's Central Council decided to suspend recognition of Israel, cancel security coordination with it and void the economic agreement
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 4-10, 2018)

The Syrian forces, with Russian air support, continued the campaign to take over the Idlib area, which is controlled by the rebel organizations (under the leadership of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham). This week, ISIS’s Sinai Province released a video filmed in northern Sinai severely criticizing the “infidel” Hamas.
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