Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (June 2 -16, 2019)

On June 13, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. Iran rejected the accusations and blamed foreign actors for the attack, which was carried out during a visit of the Japanese prime minister to Tehran. The deputy commander of the IRGC called Iranian presence in Syria “the realization of a divide duty”. During a visit to the Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran, the senior military adviser of the Supreme Leader of Iran called to connect Iran, Iraq and Syria. During the Quds Day speeches in the Gaza Strip, senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad Officials thanked Iran for its support for the Palestinians

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 5-12, 2019)

About a month after the start of the Syrian army offensive in the Idlib region, the rebel groups, led by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, mounted a counterattack. In Iraq Terrorist and guerrilla activity continued in the various provinces. The main event of the week in ISIS’s provinces outside Syria and Iraq was an attack by ISIS’s Sinai Province on an Egyptian police checkpoint in southern Al-Arish. The "routine" activity in ISIS’s other provinces around the world continued.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 5 –11, 2019)

On Friday, June 7, 2019, a return march was not held because of Eid al-Fitr. On the ground, the systematic launching of incendiary balloons continues. The Palestinians in Judea and Samaria are aplanning to hold a series of protests against the "deal of the century" and the economic workshop in Bahrain.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 30 – June 4, 2019)

The Syrian arena: The momentum of the Syrian army’s ground operation in the Idlib area resumed after a week of no progress. This week, ISIS carried out a wave of attacks accompanied by a media campaign entitled the Raids of Attrition. In the Iraqi arena this week, there was an increase in the volume of ISIS’s activity in the various provinces, which was manifested in the activation of IEDs, the detonation of car bombs, targeted killings and sniper fire.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 29- June 4, 2019)

At the events of the return march on May 31, 2019, the theme was "Global Jerusalem Day." The systematic launching of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip continues. During the annual Iranian-sponsored Global Jerusalem Day events two prominent figures gave speeches, Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip.

Spotlight on Iran (May 19, 2019 – June 2, 2019)

On May 31, Iranian cities witnessed rallies on the occasion of International Quds Day, a day marked since the Islamic Revolution (1979) on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan. Adhering to Tehran’s guidance, the Quds Day events this year turned into a show of opposition to the peace plan of President Trump (“Deal of the Century.”)

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