Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 26 – February 1, 2023)

This week, the relatively low level of ISIS activity around the world continued. The Somali government’s activity against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab continues to bear fruit. The editorial of ISIS’s Al-Naba weekly emphasizes the commitment of ISIS’s operatives to continue jihad until the conquest of Mecca, Rome and Jerusalem. An infographic published in the weekly makes threats against the Jews and Christians. ISIS calls for attacking Christians following the provocative burning of a Quran by a Danish-Swedish politician.
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Spotlight on Iran (January 12, 2023 – January 26, 2023)

The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs arrived for a visit in Lebanon during which he met with senior Lebanese government officials, alongside the secretary generals of Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Following his visit to Lebanon he traveled to Syria where he met with senior Syrian regime officials .The chief of staff of the Armed Forces of Iran met in Tehran with the Syrian minister of defense. Sources monitoring international maritime traffic reported that two Iranian oil tankers sailing from Iran are en route to the Banyas Port in Syria. The commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps arrived in.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 29, 2022 – January 12, 2023)

Iran condemned the attack carried out against several targets in Syria on the night of January 2, which has been attributed to Israel. The Iranian minister of foreign affairs spoke to his Syrian counterpart, and discussed with him bilateral ties. In early January, the Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah, Naim Qassem, arrived for a visit in Tehran. During his visit, he met with the Senior Adviser on International Affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran. Iran condemned the visit of the Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 19-25, 2023)

ISIS’s activity around the world continued to be moderate this week. The main event was in Somalia Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab attacked a Somali army. According to the Somali government, over 100 Al-Shabaab operatives were killed as well as six Somali soldiers. The Syrian security forces killed a senior ISIS operative and two of his escorts. A joint US army and SDF force captured a senior ISIS official in eastern Syria.In The Democratic Republic of the Congo – ISIS operatives carried out a shooting attack in a pub in the Beni area, about 50 km west of the border with Uganda. A total of 24 people were killed.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 12-18, 2023)

ISIS’s activity around the world continued to be moderate this week. At the center of events A suicide bombing attack was carried out by ISIS near the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul and an IED was set off in a church courtyard in northeastern Congo. The Prime Minister of Egypt and the Chief of Staff made (separate) visits to the Sinai Peninsula. The visits were apparently intended to underscore the Egyptian government’s control over the peninsula after years in which ISIS ruled the region. In Somalia, operatives of Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab detonated several car bombs against security forces.
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Spotlight on Terrorism : Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria (November 8-21, 2022)

The political stalemate in Lebanon continues no candidate for the position of president has been agreed on. A meeting was held by a Lebanese army, UNIFIL and IDF representatives. Hezbollah marked Shaheed Day with a memorial for Ahmed Qasir, the Hezbollah terrorist operative who carried out the first suicide bombing. Three attacks in Syrian were attributed to Israel.
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Spotlight on Terrorism : Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria (October 26 – November 7, 2022)

The Israeli Knesset election results caused concern in Lebanon regarding Israel's abiding by the terms of the maritime border agreement, which could lead to a military confrontation. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is working to create a large parliamentary bloc to elect a Lebanese president sympathetic to the Shi'ites. With Iranian support, Hezbollah has become a significant Internet and cyber power, part of Iran's battle for hearts and minds.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 5-11, 2023)

This week has witnessed a relatively low level of ISIS activity around the world .At the center of events Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab set off several car bombs in central Somalia. In Syria ISIS carried out several attacks against the Syrian army and the forces supporting it In Afghanistan: Taliban security forces killed eight ISIS operatives and arrested seven in Kabul.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 29, 2022 – January 4, 2023)

This week, the moderate increase in ISIS activity around the world continued. The centers of activity were Egypt where ISIS operatives fired at an Egyptian police checkpoint in the city of Ismailia and Afghanistan whrer at least 10 people were killed in a suicide attack near the entrance to the military compound at Kabul International Airport.
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Palestinian reactions to Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit to Turkey

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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 5-11, 2020)

On March 5, 2020, an agreement was signed in Moscow between Russia and Turkey, which is intended to end the fighting in the Idlib region. In the ITIC’s assessment, this is a shaky ceasefire (like its predecessors). In the Euphrates Valley, ISIS’s intensive attacks continued, mainly in the form of activating IEDs. In Iraq, ISIS’s activity consisted mainly of activating IEDs, sniper fire and targeted killings. With regard to noteworthy ISIS activity abroad, the Khorasan Province recently resumed its activity and carried out two showcase attacks in the capital Kabul
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ISIS attacks a strategic facility in Sinai – Significance and possible implications

On the morning of May 7, 2022, a group of operatives of ISIS’s Sinai Province attacked a military post securing a water pumping facility in the northwestern Sinai Peninsula, about 26 km east of the Suez Canal. According to the Egyptian army spokesman, the Egyptian security forces thwarted an attack by Salafist-jihadi operatives directed at the facility. An officer and 16 soldiers were killed.
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Senior ISIS Sinai Province Figure Surrenders Event and Implications

On the night of September 10, 2021, Muhammad Sa'ad Kamel al-Sa'idi, aka Abu Hamza al-Qadi ("the judge") surrendered to a tribal militia cooperating with the Egyptian army after promises that he and his family would not be harmed.
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Wave of orchestrated ISIS terrorist retaliation attacks around the globe: overview and assessment

During four days, between April 8 and 11, 2019, the various ISIS provinces in Syria, Iraq and around the globe carried out a wave attacks in retaliation for the blow ISIS suffered in Syria. ISIS reported that eight of its provinces carried out more than 92 attacks in more than 80 areas. The attacks were accompanied by a media campaign and claims of responsibility entitled "Battle of vengeance for blessed [Province of] Sham" [Syria].
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (19-27 September 2017)

The Islamic State is disintegrating in Syria and Iraq. Its territorial areas of control Iraq are falling to the two anti-ISIS coalition forces one after another, although in some important strongholds ISIS operatives continue stubborn fighting.
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ISIS spokesman releases an audiotape calling on the operatives to intensify their attacks, lashing out against Iran, Turkey and the leaders of the Arab states, and expressing support for the Palestinians but not for Hamas

ISIS Spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi. The tape, which lasts about 38 minutes, is entitled “You are the sublime ones if you believe.” It mainly contains words of encouragement to ISIS’s fighters around the world, calls on them to intensify their activity and asks them to choose more substantial targets for their attacks (Telegram, June 22, 2021).
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Analysis of the new statement of ISIS spokesman following the normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain

On October 18, 2020, ISIS’s Al-Furqan Media Foundation released an audiotape of the organization’s spokesman Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi. The title of the tape is a verse from the Quran – “So narrate to them stories of the past, so perhaps they will reflect ”. In the 32-minute tape, the spokesman calls for the overthrow of the “tyrannical” rulers in Arab countries, following the normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2022)

The Israeli security forces exposed details on the perpetrator of the double bombing attack which was carried out in Jerusalem. The terrorist was inspired by ISIS’s ideology but acted alone. This week, there was an increase in ISIS activity around the world. The organization’s activity focused on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In Iraq The Iraqi army sustained fatalities in ISIS attacks in the provinces of Kirkuk and Erbil. In Syria a failed attempt was made by ISIS to break into a prison in Al-Raqqah.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 15-21, 2022)

This week, there was a moderate increase in the scope of ISIS’s activity. The hotspots of activity were Iraq and Syria. In Iraq:  Two officers and 10 soldiers and policemen were killed in two separate incidents Eight civilians were killed in an ISIS attack northwest of Baqubah. In Syria:  The US army arrested six ISIS operatives, including a senior leader In Mali, over 100 Al-Qaeda operatives were killed in an exchange of fire between ISIS and Al-Qaeda .
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