Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Iran (October 21, 2021 – November 4, 2021)

American officials assessed that Iran is behind the October 20th drone attack on the military base in al-Tanf, southern Syria, which serves the International Coalition led by the United States. A Syrian opposition website reported the opening of five new offices of the pro-Iranian militia al-Hashemiyoun in the Deir Ezzor region. The head of the Iranian Trade Development Organization announced that Iran and Syria will sign a free trade agreement between them at the end of November. The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad announced in late October that from now on, Iranian citizens will no longer require a visa when entering Iraq via airports. On October 27, Tehran witnessed a summit of ministers of foreign affairs of the countries neighboring on Afghanistan as well as Russia.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 28 – November 3, 2021)

Afghanistan: The most prominent incident of the week was a combined attack carried out by ISIS operatives at the Taliban-run military hospital in the capital Kabul. Syria: The downtrend in ISIS’s activity in the various provinces continues. Iraq: In general, the number of attacks carried out by ISIS operatives has continued to drop. Africa: In general, the downtrend in ISIS’s activity in the various provinces in Africa continues. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in this week’s issue of ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly calls on the foreign fighters ("the immigrants") in Syria to join the ranks of ISIS.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 27 – November 2, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles driving on the road. The Gaza Strip: Relative quiet continues along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. The Palestinian Authority (PA): On November 1, 2021, Mahmoud Abbas began a formal visit to Italy where he will meet with the Italian president and prime minister, as well as with the Pope. The Israeli electric company informed the PA that in light of its mounting debt, which has reached almost $160 million, as of Wednesday, November 3, 2021, there will be four-hour power outages in several areas in the Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem districts. The coronavirus: The number of active cases continues to decline in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 21-27, 2021)

Afghanistan: This week there was a relative decrease in the scope of ISIS’s terrorist activity. Syria: The decrease in ISIS attacks continues. Iraq: This week, the downtrend in ISIS’s activity continued. Africa: ISIS’s activity continued, mainly against military targets in African countries (Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda). Financing terrorism: According to a report published by The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), since 2020 ISIS and Al-Qaeda have stepped up their online activity aimed at recruiting operatives and fundraising. The battle for hearts and minds: This week’s lead article in Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to the importance of jihad in the sense of fighting against the infidels.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 20-26, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: During the past two weeks Palestinians frequently clashed with the Israeli security forces at the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip: Relative quiet continues. Israel announced that beginning on October 21, 2021, it would issue 3,000 additional permits for Gazan businessmen to enter Israeli territory. The Palestinian Authority (PA): After legally authorized joint activities of the Israeli security forces, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an order designating as terrorist organizations six civilian social organizations affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike: On October 22, 2021, after nine days, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) prisoners in Israeli jails ended their hunger strike.
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Spotlight on Iran (October 7, 2021 – October 21, 2021)

Iranian media outlets did not go beyond offering basic news reports concerning the assassination of Midhat al-Saleh, who was tasked by the Assad regime of managing the “Golan file.” In early October, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, visited Syria and Lebanon. The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the deadly clashes that erupted on October 14 in Beirut, and accused Israel of backing those who fired at Hezbollah and Amal supporters. Several Iranian media outlets voiced concern about the results of the parliamentary elections in Iraq.
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