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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of March 2017. Following are the main points covered in the report:
On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at around 22:30, 22 people lost their lives and close to a hundred were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the foyer of the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. At the time of the explosion, close to 21,000 people, mostly under the age of 18, were making their way out of the Manchester Arena concert hall after attending a concert of American pop star, Ariana Grande. According to reports, the bomber, 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, arrived at the ticket stall located at the Arena’s foyer after travelling on the local Tube system’s Victoria Station.
The sophisticated ISIS attack in Tehran is a major operational success for the group. This is an early attempt to analyze the event based only on Iranian official sources.
Bahrain has been in turmoil since a 2011 uprising backed by majority Shia Muslims, supported by Iran, which demanded greater rights from the Sunni-led monarchy. The government crushed the protests with the help of its Sunni Arab Gulf allies. Sporadic violence and bomb attacks largely aimed at Bahraini security forces have become the norm since 2011.[i]
On March 26, 2017, the ISIS information office in Diyala Province, Iraq, published a 37-minute video in Farsi, with some parts in the Baluchi dialect, titled, "Persia – Between Yesterday and Today." The video accuses Iranian Shi'ites of committing many crimes against Sunnis and oppressing the Sunni population of Iran, "exporting the revolution," spreading Shi'ism, and secretly collaborating with the U.S. and Israel.