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Spotlight on Global Jihad, May 30 – June 4, 2019

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center

Spotlight on Global Jihad, May 30 – June 4, 2019

  • The Syrian arena: The momentum of the Syrian army’s ground operation in the Idlib area resumed after a week of no progress. The Syrian army took over several villages east of the Al-Ghab Plain, where the main effort of the attack is taking place, and advanced northward. In the secondary effort, in the Kabanah area on the Kurd Mountains, the rebel organizations managed to halt the progress of the militias supporting the Syrian army.
  • This week, ISIS carried out a wave of attacks accompanied by a media campaign entitled the Raids of Attrition. This wave of attacks, like its predecessor following the loss in Al-Baghouz[1], was intended to reinforce the message that ISIS was enhancing its presence and activity around the world, even after the blow that it suffered in Syria. This combination of extensive propaganda and operational activity is intended to encourage ISIS’s supporters around the world and to enhance the organization’s image of strength. In practice, this week there was a quantitative increase in ISIS’s activity in several provinces as part of the Raids of Attrition campaign (mainly in Syria and Iraq). However, in most of the cases, these were “routine” operations (detonating IEDs, shooting attacks, liquidating opponents), with the exception of the showcase attacks in Afghanistan (see below).
  • In the Iraqi arena this week, there was an increase in the volume of ISIS’s activity in the various provinces, which was manifested in the activation of IEDs, the detonation of car bombs, targeted killings and sniper fire. The main targets of this activity were the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias operating as part of the Popular Mobilization. In addition, setting fire to agricultural land owned by Shiites continued, although still on a limited scale.
  • In ISIS’s provinces around the world, “routine” activity continued, except in Afghanistan, where ISIS carried out several showcase attacks: a suicide bombing attack among Afghan army cadets (6 dead and 16 wounded); detonation of an IED against a bus belonging to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Kabul (five dead); and the detonation of an IED in Kabul against a bus carrying Shiites (25 dead and wounded. Subsequently, seven others were killed when two IEDs were detonated).

 

Read more: https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/spotlight-global-jihad-may-30-june-4-2019/