#1267176: Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 4-10, 2019)
In the Syrian arena, the Syrian army’s ground operation against the rebel organizations in the Idlib region, which has been going on for nearly two and a half months, is still bogged down. This week, the rebel organizations carried out an unsuccessful large-scale attack against the Syrian forces holding Hamamiyat, north of the rebel control zone (32 km northwest of Hama). In eastern and northeastern Syria (in the areas controlled by the Kurds), ISIS has increased its terror and guerrilla activity. Its attacks are concentrated in the area of the city of Al-Mayadeen in the Euphrates Valley and in the area of Al-Hasakah, which lies deep within the Kurdish control area.
In the Iraqi arena, the Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale security operation to mop up the northern and western provinces of the country from the presence of ISIS. The Iraqi army, the Popular Mobilization (Shiite militias), and the Tribal Mobilization (the Sunni militias) are all taking part in the operation, with Iraqi and International Coalition air support. At the same time, ISIS operatives continue their intensive activity in northern and western Iraq, with the main form of attacks being the detonation of IEDs against vehicles traveling on the roads.
In ISIS’s various provinces in the Middle East and around the globe, “routine” activity continues: In Nigeria, Nigerian army bases in the north and northeast of the country were attacked; In Niger, ISIS operatives attacked a Niger army base near the border with Mali; In Mozambique, ISIS operatives attacked a Mozambican army base near the border with Tanzania (Mozambique has apparently become a new activity arena for ISIS); In Somalia, policemen were shot at by ISIS operatives in the northeast of the country (in the city of Bosaso); In Tunisia, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a Metro station in the suburbs of the capital Tunis; In Egypt, a sniper killed an Egyptian soldier in Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai; In Afghanistan, ISIS detonated an IED in a Shiite mosque (around 40 dead and wounded). In addition, ISIS operatives continued their attacks in the Nangarhar Province against the security forces of the Afghan government and against the Taliban.
|Date added||July 12, 2019, 5:03 a.m.|