Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 3-9, 2015)

Issued on 09/09/2015 Type Article
This week as well, the fighting in Syria focused on the rural area north of Aleppo, which is allegedly intended to become an “ISIS-free” buffer zone. ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front are putting pressure on the military airbases of the Syrian Air Force in the various provinces, in order to challenge the regime’s ability to support its ground forces.

Spotlight on Iran (August 23 – September 6, 2015)

Issued on 06/09/2015 Type Article
The commander of the IRGC said Iran would continue to support the "resistance front. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, reviewed regional. Naim Qassem, Hezbollah's deputy secretary general, said Hezbollah was proud of its relations with Iran.

Spotlight on Iran (August 9 – 23, 2015)

Issued on 23/08/2015 Type Article
A conference of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly was held in Tehran. Senior officials of the Iranian regime used the platform to stress Iran's commitment to supporting its regional allies even in the post nuclear-agreement era, including the provision of weapons. The Iranian foreign minister visited Syria and Lebanon, emphasizing Iran's support of Syria and Hezbollah. There has been extensive media coverage of the crisis in Iran-Hamas relations in the wake of Khaled Mashaal's visit to Saudi Arabia.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 13-19, 2015)

Issued on 19/08/2015 Type Article
This week as well, the fighting in Syria was concentrated to the north and east of Aleppo In the various battle zones in Iraq, ISIS deployed suicide bombers and car bombs against the Iraqi security forces and the Shiite population. ISIS’s branch in Libya is gradually establishing itself around the important coastal city of Sirte, north-central Libya.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 23-29, 2015)

Issued on 29/07/2015 Type Article
Some ten months after the opening of the US-led campaign against ISIS, this week there has been a possible fundamental change in Turkey’s policy. From ISIS’s perspective, the Turkish activity along the border and the widespread wave of detentions may impede ISIS’s supply routes and make it more difficult for foreign fighters to join ISIS. In the main areas of fighting in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya, there were no significant changes on the ground this week.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 16-22, 2015)

Issued on 22/07/2015 Type Article
The main event of the week was a suicide bombing attack carried out in Turkey in the town of Suruc, near the Turkish-Syrian border. More than 30 people were killed and many dozens were injured. In the Sinai Peninsula, an anti-tank missile was fired at an Egyptian patrol boat off the coast of Rafah. The ship sank but its crew was rescued. The Sinai province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility.In the battles in Syria and Iraq, there were no significant developments this week.
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Information on Hezbollah
Hezbollah is a Shi'ite Muslim organization with a dual identity, being both a terrorist organization and a Lebanese political party. Hezbollah was founded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982 to compete with Amal, an important Shi'ite Muslim militia active during the Lebanese civil war. When the IDF withdrew from Lebanon at the end of the First Lebanon War (1985), Hezbollah became the dominant organization in south Lebanon and later throughout the entire Shi'ite population in Lebanon. In 1992 Hezbollah entered Lebanese politics and its representatives were elected to the parliament.
Hezbollah is the main terrorist organization attacking Israel from over the Lebanese border and abroad. For the most part Hezbollah attacks northern Israeli cities with rockets. However, with direction and backing from Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah also attacked Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, the most serious of which were the attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires (March 17, 1992) and the attack on the Jewish Community Center, also in Buenos Aires (July 18, 1994). Hezbollah has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
After the IDF withdrew from south Lebanon in May 2000 Hezbollah took control of the entire region. With Iranian support it constructed a vast military infrastructure, including an extensive rocket system which threatens the Israeli home front. Before the Second Lebanon War (2006) Hezbollah carried out sporadic attacks along the border. Since June 2006 it has maintained a relatively low profile. Hezbollah continues to increase its influence as a political power in Lebanon and to reinforce its military might.