Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (November 26 – December 10, 2017)

Iran avoided issuing any official reaction to the strikes on the Iranian base in the area of the village of al-Kiswah. Israeli sources reported that the October 2017 visit of the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces to Syria was unsuccessful. In Iraq too, Iran is acting to cement its influence in the era following the collapse of the Islamic State. Iran cast the blame on Saudi Arabia for the collapse of the alliance between the Houthi rebels in Yemen and former Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed last week by the Houthis. Iran condemned the decision made by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and called for a resumption of the armed struggle against Israel .
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 30 – December 6, 2017)

On both sides of the Euphrates River in the area between Deir ez-Zor and Albukamal, searches after ISIS operatives who fled to the desert continue. This week, a meeting was held between senior Russian and Kurdish officers in the village of Al-Salihiyah, located midway between Al-Mayadeen and Albukamal. Even after the collapse of the Islamic State, ISIS continues to threaten Western countries and to call on its supporters to carry out attacks against the so-called infidels.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-28, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack in the southern Israeli city of Arad. On November 30, 2017, in an exceptional attack, between ten and twelve mortar shells were fired at an IDF post and IDF soldiers north of the Gaza Strip. Difficulties continue in implementing the internal Palestinian reconciliation. In light of reports in the media that the president of the United States is planning to declare recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the American embassy, the PA initiated a campaign to exert pressure on the Americans.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 23-29, 2017)

The main event of the week was a combined mass-killing attack carried out by ISIS in a Sufi mosque in the village of Al-Rawdah, some 45 km west of Al-Arish. In the ITIC’s assessment, ISIS’s Sinai Province and its other provinces abroad are highly motivated to carry out mass-killing attacks at the present time.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-28, 2017)

This past week there were no significant terrorist attacks carried out in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. In the realm of internal Palestinian affairs, talks were held in Cairo by the Palestinian organizations ("the meeting of the factions"). Salah al-Bardawil, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said "the meeting of the factions" had ended with a worthless announcement and no practical measures taken. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the meeting.
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Spotlight on Iran (November 12 – 26, 2017)

On November 21, following the capture of the city of Albu Kamal in Syria and Rawa in Iraq from ISIS, Iran declared “victory” in the campaign against the organization in Syria and Iraq. Senior Iranian officials and Iranian media outlets claimed that the victory against ISIS thwarted the conspiracy of the United States and its allies to establish “a new Middle East,” intended to serve the interests of the West and Israel.
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