Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (September 20, 2020 – October 1, 2020)

On September 23, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, arrived for a visit in Moscow and met with his Russian colleague. The Iranian minister of energy conducted a video call with the Syrian minister of water, during which the two agreed to establish a strategic committee to facilitate the implementation the bilateral cooperation agreement in the water sector, which was signed last year by the two countries. On September 26, the Iraqi foreign minister arrived for a two-day visit in Tehran, during which he met with senior Iranian government officials. At the same time, a military delegation headed by the deputy Iranian Chief of Staff for International Affairs arrived for a visit in Baghdad.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 24-30, 2020)

In the Idlib region, the incidents continued, consisting mainly of exchanges of artillery fire between the Syrian army and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). ISIS’s provinces in Africa and Asia continued their routine activity. One noteworthy attack this week was carried out by West Africa Province operatives who attacked a convoy of the Nigerian security forces escorting residents returning to their homes, killing dozens of soldiers and policemen.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 23 – 30, 2020)

This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip declined and currently stands at 1,596, down from 1,669 (on September 22, 2020). The number of active cases in Judea and Samaria also declined, and currently stands at 6,519, down from 9,062 (on September 22, 2020). The Gaza Strip was relatively quiet this past week. In Judea and Samaria, however, there were many incidents of stones and Molotov cocktails thrown at civilian Israeli vehicles.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 17-23, 2020)

In the Idlib region, there was an increase in the intensity of the incidents this week. ISIS’s provinces in Africa and Asia continued their routine activity. Syria – ISIS’s intensive activity continued in the Euphrates Valley and in the desert region to its east (activating IEDs, shooting at vehicles, targeted killings, attacking military facilities and positions). Iraq – most of the activity centered on the provinces of Diyala and Kirkuk (sniper fire, activating IEDs, attacking facilities and security forces). In the northern Sinai Peninsula, relative calm prevailed in the conflict zone in the Bir al-Abd-Rabi’a region. ISIS is using its media to leverage its achievements in northern Sinai. ISIS continued to carry out guerrilla warfare against the Egyptian army in the regions of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 16 – 22, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip the moderate rise of Covid-19 infections continues. There are currently 1,780 active cases, up from 1,669 a week ago. In Judea and Samaria as well the number of Covid-19 infections continues to rise. The quiet in the Gaza Strip, reached with understandings for a lull, was broken when two rockets were fired at the southern Israeli cities of Ashqelon and Ashdod. This past week the decision to renew the launching of IED and incendiary balloon to attack the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip was announced on the social networks. Media and diplomatic activity of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the various organizations increased after the signing of the agreements in Washington.
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Spotlight on Iran (September 6, 2020 – September 20, 2020 )

The Adviser to the Speaker of the Majlis on International Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, declared that Syria continues to be a strategic matter for Iran, and that relations between the two countries are a “red line” that Iran will not allow anyone to cross. In mid-September, Iranian media outlets published the image of the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Esmail Qa’ani, during a prayer in Sayyeda Zainab south of Damascus. In mid-September, the former Iraqi Prime Minister and the Head of the State of Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, arrived for a visit in Iran for medical treatment and meetings with senior Iranian officials, including the secretary general of the Supreme National Security Council, the adviser to the supreme leader on international affairs, and the speaker of the Majlis.
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