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Author: Barak, Michael

Threats of Jewish Population Around the World

This analysis focuses on the increased threats and calls for violence against Jewish and Israeli targets globally, particularly in the context of the campaign in Gaza and subsequent actions by Hamas and other jihadist groups. Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda have both issued calls for

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Ayman al-Zawahiri Targeted Killing Ramifications

Targeted killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri by the U.S. is a severe blow to al-Qaeda. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem that his demise will affect al-Qaeda’s offshoots’ activity in the various jihad theatres due to their decentralized nature. Although al-Zawahiri’s pale and uncharismatic image, his contribution was articulated

ISIS and the Destruction of Antiquities

The widespread and ongoing devastation by ISIS of ancient sites in Iraq and Syria, annihilating the historical legacy of ancient civilizations like Babylon and Assyria, has aroused anger and alarm among archaeologists and politicians in those countries. Particularly the West is deeply concerned about this

Al-Qaida’s leadership crisis

Al-Qaida’s power has been steadily waning over the past six months. This decline is due to a series of targeted killings, carried out by the U.S., of its senior operatives, such as its leader in Yemen Nasir al-Wuhayshi, as well as the growing rivalry with

The “Daimeh 2” Program

Jihadist organizations attribute considerable importance to their media system by virtue of its function as a central platform to for indoctrination, waging psychological warfare against the enemy, promoting “other” narratives and strengthening the self-esteem of members of the jihadist community. Many senior members of the

Terrorism in Egypt – Evaluation towards the end of 2018

In October 2018, the Egyptian regime declared on several occasions that the war against terrorist operatives in the country has been very successful and has curbed terrorism almost completely. The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, announced during his visit to Russia on October 16 that

“The False Caliphate”: ISIS Leadership Crisis

At the end of April 2019, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, ISIS’ leader, appeared in a rare video after he has not been seen in public since June 2014. In the video Al Baghdadi wanted to convey the message that ISIS’ leadership operates as usual and

The Corona Pandemic: An Opportunity for ISIS

ISIS is interpreting the above pandemic as a divine intervention, propelled by a divine plan to punish the infidels. Per it, the world, the west in particular, fell into hard times manifested by an economic crisis, low civilian morale and increasing attrition of its security forces

ISIS Strengthens in Iraq

The loss of ISIS’ last stronghold in Baghuz (Syria) led politicians in the Muslim world and the west to eulogize the organization. Pres. Trump has even gone and said in February 2019 that the allied forces managed to drive ISIS’ operatives off all the territories

The Fight in the Deal of the Century and the Annexation Plan:

On the backdrop of Israel’s intention to declare sovereignty and annex parts of Judea and Samaria, 64 pro-Palestinian organizations from 19 states as well as Palestinian factions such as Fatah, Hamas and PIJ, gathered on an online Zoom conference which was broadcasted on social media

The Lebanese Shiite vs. Hezbollah’s Hegemony

The popular protests the Lebanese regime in condemnation of its corruption and the economic crisis, which started in October 2019 however paused due to COVID-19 and resumed in June 2020, includes, in addition to Sunni and Christian protesters, a growing number of Shiite protesters

Turkey on a Collision Course with the Islamic State

The shooting attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS) at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve is another example of the organization’s efforts to undermine Turkey’. In the first three months of 2016 alone, Turkish security agencies foiled 80 attempted terrorist attacks

Signs of a Change in Strategy for AQIM

Since Al-Mourabitoun merged with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in December 2015, the latter has experienced significant momentum.[1] Its increased number of terrorist attacks, its intensified operations in Mali, the move of its activities to other parts of the African continent (especially in the Sahel region[2] and

The “Bot Mujahideen” Telegram Channel

The Telegram application has been commonly used by global jihadist elements since the end of 2015 due to its encryption and secure use, and in light of the increased closure of jihadist accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Telegram serves as a central platform for imparting

“Holy Defense” – Hezbollah’s New Computer Game

On February 9, 2018, Lebanese Hezbollah’s online media unit launched a new 3-D game called “Holy Defense: Protecting the Homeland and the Holy Sites”. The game is designed for children and teenagers who are supposed to play a Hezbollah fighter in battles, which occurred in