Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 10-16, 2020)

Syria: ISIS operatives ambushed an Al-Quds Brigade force carrying out searches in the desert region west of Deir ez-Zor. Many casualties were reported. Iraq: This is the second week that there has been a decrease in ISIS’s activity and an increase in the Iraqi security forces’ counterterrorist measures. Northern Sinai: ISIS continues its intensive activity against the Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 9 – 15, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip Hamas is directing most of its attention and effort towards halting the rapid spread of Covid-19. The PA and Hamas criticized the Arab League for not condemning the UAE's normalization agreement with Israel, which left an opening for Bahrain (and other Arab states) to sign similar agreements. This past week al-Jazeera TV broadcast a program about the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades' [Hamas' military-terrorist wing's] military capabilities, in ITIC assessment at the request of Hamas.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 3-9, 2020)

Syria: in the Idlib area, routine incidents continued, consisting mainly of exchanges of artillery fire between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations, chiefly the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham. In Iraq, the intensity of ISIS’s attacks this week decreased, after several weeks of intensive activity. However, the Iraq Province continues to be the epicenter of ISIS’s activity. In northern Sinai, the Egyptian army appears to have regained control of most of the area of Rabi’a. In Mozambique, the security forces of Tanzania and Mozambique failed to regain control of the port of Mocimboa da Praia, in the northeast of the country. According to ISIS, 20 Tanzanian soldiers were killed or wounded in the failed counterattack.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 2 – 8, 2020)

Since understandings for a lull were reached on the night of August 31, 2020, the Gaza Strip has been quiet. In Judea and Samaria popular terrorism continued. This past week a combined ramming-attempted stabbing attack was carried out at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria (wounding an IDF soldier and Israeli policeman. This past week the Israeli Security Agency detained an Israeli citizen with an Israeli Bedouin mother and a Gazan father, suspected of having been recruited by the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing. He was instructed to place an IED at a bus stop at a major intersection in the center of Israel.

Spotlight on Iran (August 23, 2020 – September 6, 2020 )

The deliberations concerning the settlement of the war in Syria have resumed as part of the ongoing Astana Process: a delegation headed by the senior adviser to the Iranian minister of foreign affairs, which visited Damascus in mid-August, met in Geneva with the Turkish deputy foreign minister, and with the special representative of the Russian president to Syria. In late August, the Iranian deputy of the minister of defense and executive director of the organization for social security of the armed forces of Iran visited Syria. The visit of the Iraqi prime minister to Washington, as part of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States, aroused criticism in Tehran. The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, lambasted the normalization deal reached between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, calling it “a betrayal of the Muslim world, the Arab world, the countries of the region and Palestine.”

Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 27 – September 2, 2020)

ISIS's provinces in Asia and Africa continue their routine activities. ISIS continues its intensive attacks detonating IEDs, carrying out targeted killings, firing mortars and attacking posts and facilities of the Iraqi security forces. Egyptian security forces attacked ISIS operatives in the five villages in the Rabi'a area occupied by ISIS on July 21, 2020. ISIS operatives took control of an important port in the northeastern part of the country on August 12, 2020.

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