Weekly Updates

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 14-20, 2020)

On May 14, 2020, ISIS carried out a synchronized wave of terrorist attacks, accompanied by a media campaign, called Raids of Attrition. The waves of attacks and the accompanying media campaigns are intended to convey a message of strength to ISIS’s operatives, to its enemies, and to the international community. Most of the attacks carried out as part of the Raids of Attrition were carried out in Iraq, which continues to stand out as ISIS’s main arena.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 13-19, 2020)

While the Gaza Strip is relatively quiet, in Judea and Samaria there has recently been a rise in the number of popular terrorism attacks and attempted attacks. The most notable event was the vehicular attack in southern Mt. Hebron, where an IDF soldier was seriously injured. The 72nd Nakba Day events in Judea and Samaria were overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis. There were local demonstrations but with poor attendance. Most of the events took place In the social media, with relatively little activity. Mahmoud Abbas and other senior Palestinian figures repeatedly threatened that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would exit all its agreements with Israel if Israel announced the annexation of parts of the "occupied territories."

Spotlight on Iran (May 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020)

A fighter with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was killed in Syria. Conflicting reports emerged in Syrian pro-opposition websites with regards to the staging of the Shia militias operating under Iranian patronage in Syria. Iran welcomed the appointment of Mustafa al-Kazimi as the incoming Iraqi Prime Minister. For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, Iran announced the cancellation of the International Qods Day rallies.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 7-13, 2020)

In the Idlib region in northern Syria, the ceasefire is still surviving but the intensity and severity of the incidents have recently been increasing. In Iraq, ISIS is continuing its intensive activity, taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reduced activity of the US-led International Coalition. The most noteworthy incident in ISIS’s provinces abroad was a suicide bombing attack in the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 6-12, 2020)

The spread of COVID-19 in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is moderate and under control. In northwestern Samaria an IDF soldier was killed when a rock was thrown from the roof of a house during detentions of Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity. Following an Israeli order banning banking services for the families of shaheeds and Palestinian terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails, a number of Palestinian and Arab banks closed or froze the families' accounts.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 1-6, 2020)

In the Idlib region in northern Syria, the ceasefire was generally maintained. In Iraq, ISIS’s high-intensity activity continues, taking advantage of the spread of COVID-19 and the reduction in the activity of the US-led International Coalition. ISIS’s other provinces in Africa and Asia continued their “routine” attacks, in the shadow of the COVID-19 crisis.

Previous years bulletins