Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 16 – 22, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. An ISIS-affiliated jihadist operative from the Gaza Strip blew himself up at a Hamas check post en route to the Sinai Peninsula. Yahya al-Sinwar, head of Hamas' political bureau in the Gaza Strip, held a closed meeting with political commentators and analysts.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 10 – 16, 2017)

Syria - the fighting in Al-Raqqah is still bogged down, and the SDF forces are encountering fierce resistance. Iraq - the campaign to take over the city of Tal Afar from ISIS began, with the participation of the Iraqi army and the Iranian-affiliated Shiite militias (“the Popular Resistance”).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 9 – 15, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem and an attempted stabbing attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Eyal Zamir, commander of the IDF's Southern Command, held a press briefing near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. He said Israel would accelerate the construction of a barrier along the Gazan border.
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Spotlight on Iran (July 30 – August 13, 2017)

A bloody week for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces (IRGC) in Syria. Iran is clearly concerned with the improvement in relations between Saudi Arabia and the Baghdad. Hamas-Iran ties continue to improve.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 3-9, 2017)

The Syrian forces continued to advance towards Deir ez-Zor. The SDF forces are encountering difficulties in Al-Raqqah. Iraq: Iraqi forces and Shiite militias are preparing to take over the ISIS enclave in Tal Afar, some 70 km west of Mosul. In view of the “success” (from ISIS’s perspective) of the attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, ISIS called on its supporters to attack the embassies and diplomatic corps of the “infidel countries” around the world.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 2 – 8, 2017)

The Temple Mount crisis has waned but popular terrorism continues: The Israel Security Agency reported the recent exposure of the transfer of funds by courier from Hamas in Turkey to the Gaza Strip and from there to Hebron. This past week King Abdallah of Jordan paid an official visit to the Muqata'a in Ramallah.
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