Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 28 – March 6, 2018)

In the northern Israeli city of Acre a vehicular attack was carried out by an Israeli Arab whose motive, according to the Israel Police Force, was nationalistic. Four people were wounded; three of them belonged to the Israeli security forces. In Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip clashes and riots continued, although with relatively low intensity. In the Gaza Strip preparations continue for the "the great march of the return," in which Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are supposed to march to the border with Israel
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Spotlight on Iran (February 18 – March 4, 2018)

While Iran continues to downplay its involvement in the ongoing campaign in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Bagheri, emphasized that "the cleansing of the Damascus suburbs controlled by the terrorists" will continue. While Iran continues to downplay its involvement in the ongoing campaign in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Bagheri, emphasized that "the cleansing of the Damascus suburbs controlled by the terrorists" will continue. In Iraq, where preparations are underway for the general election in May of this year, Iran continues to pursue its efforts to establish ties with various political and social groups in the country.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 22-28, 2018)

The focus of the fighting in Syria has been moved to the area of eastern Ghouta (east of Damascus. The shift in the focus of the fighting to eastern Ghouta gave a timeout to the rebel organizations in the Idlib region. In various provinces in Iraq, the Iraqi security forces continue to exert pressure on local ISIS networks. The Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate uncovered an ISIS network of 17 operatives.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 21 – 27, 2018)

In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip demonstrations and riots continue, although small in scope. The most serious event was in Jericho, where a Palestinian was killed during an Israeli security force activity. During January and February 2018 the Israeli security forces detained three Arab Israelis from Umm al-Fahm. The three had planned to carry out a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount similar to the one carried out in July 2017 which killed two Israeli policemen. The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip continues to be serious.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 15-21, 2018)

In the Euphrates River area north of Albukamal, ISIS operatives continued intensive guerrilla warfare against the SDF forces and the local Syrian forces. ISIS continues to conduct guerrilla warfare against the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias (the Popular Mobilization) in the various provinces in Iraq. The Egyptian security forces continue their operation (Sinai 2018) against outposts of ISIS’s Sinai Province. The Egyptian operation is focused on northern Sinai.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 14 -20, 2018)

This past week events focused on the attack in the Gaza Strip, the most serious since Operation Protective Edge. In response, IDF tanks fired at a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) observation post and Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked 18 "terrorist targets." The incident was another example of the erosion of the relative calm between Hamas and Israel since the end of Operation Protective Edge.
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