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September Spotlight on Global Jihad
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 19-25, 2019)
- The unilateral ceasefire in the Idlib region declared by the Syrian army was also maintained this week. At the same time, artillery exchanges continued, and the Syrian army apparently thwarted local attempted assault by the rebel organizations. All these illustrate that the ceasefire is weak and that the situation in the Idlib region is fragile. The situation in the Idlib region was discussed at a summit meeting in Ankara between the Iranian, Turkish and Russian presidents. The disagreements between Turkey and Russia apparently remained unchanged. While the Turkish media accused the Syrian regime of violating the terms of the ceasefire, the Russian media warned that “… the ceasefire does not protect the terrorist organizations. The campaign against them will continue.”
- ISIS’s terrorist and guerrilla activity continued this week in various sectors in eastern Syria. In addition, two attacks took place in southern Syria (the area of As-Suwayda and Daraa). In one of the attacks, an IED was detonated against a bus carrying Syrian soldiers. These operations, which were preceded by several attacks in the Daraa area in June-July 2019, may indicate that ISIS is rehabilitating itself in southern Syria. As in other areas where it has resumed its activity, in southern Syria ISIS has switched to guerrilla warfare, while giving up its control over territories and population.
- In the various provinces in Iraq, ISIS’s terror and guerrilla activity continued. Most of the activity took the form of detonating IEDs. Mortar shells and light weapons were also fired. A prominent ISIS attack was the detonation of an IED against a minibus carrying Shiites in the city of Karbala in southern Iraq, which is a holy city for the Shiites (12 killed and five wounded).
- ISIS’s “routine” attacks continued in its various provinces in Africa and Asia. This week, among others, attacks were carried out in Nigeria, Egypt, Afghanistan and Pakistan.