Lebanon

Spotlight on Iran (July 12-26, 2015)

Issued on 26/07/2015 Type Article
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, stressed that Iran would continue to support the Palestinians, Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis, Bahrainis and Lebanese even after the nuclear deal had been signed. Two high-ranking Iranian officers were killed in Syria; a Basij operative was killed in Iraq. The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) called Iran's support for Syria "a supreme religious obligation."
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 2-8, 2015)

Issued on 08/07/2015 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined attack carried out on July 1, 2015, by operatives of ISIS’s Sinai province against the Egyptian security forces. This attack has proved that ISIS’s operatives in the Sinai Peninsula possess considerable operational capabilities. Two days after the attack (July 3, 2015), operatives of ISIS’s Sinai province fired three rockets at the western Negev.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 25 – July 1, 2015)

Issued on 01/07/2015 Type Article
The main events of the week were three terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait, These three attacks were intended to achieve different objectives: the terror attack in Tunisia was intended to harm Western tourism and destabilize the regime, the terror attack in Kuwait was intended to exacerbate the Sunni-Shiite schism and destabilize the regime.
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Spotlight on Iran (June 13 – 28, 2015)

Issued on 26/06/2015 Type Article
Iran rejected the American State Department's annual report on terrorism. Hossein Hamedani, a senior IRGC official, described Syria as "Iran's strategic depth," and claimed the objective of Syria's enemies was to ensure Israel's security through decreasing Iran's regional influence and weakening Hezbollah. Three Iranian fighters were killed when a mine exploded on the Damascus-Daraa road in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 18-24, 2015)

Issued on 24/06/2015 Type Article
The Kurdish forces, which took over the city of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border, are working to expand their area of control and force out the ISIS operatives. In and around the Druze village of Khader, in the northern Syrian Golan Heights, fighting continued between the rebel forces, including the Al-Nusra Front, and the Syrian security forces. In eastern Libya, ISIS recently suffered several setbacks after a series of successes in Libya.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 10-16, 2015)

Issued on 16/06/2015 Type Article
This past week another rocket was fired at Israeli territory, falling inside the Gaza Strip. This past week there was a rise in the number of Molotov cocktails and stones thrown at Israeli security forces and Israeli transportation.
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Information on Lebanon
Lebanon is a small country with a population of only about 4.1 million, gaining independence from France in 1943. Lebanon borders on Israel in the south and Syria in the east and north. Due to Lebanon's varied ethnic composition, its history is rife with schisms, conflicts and civil wars based on sectarian allegiances. Since its independence Lebanon has had a unique political system of ethnic distribution with a parliamentary democracy based on ethnic-sectarian-religious representation. The most important offices are divided among the various religious groups, in accordance with the national charter of 1943.
Lebanon's social complexity, the weakness of its central government and the social and economic gaps between the various ethnic groups led to the rise of many armed sectarian-political militias, some of which turned to terrorism. The most prominent Shi'ite terrorist organization in Lebanon is Hezbollah, which was founded in the summer of 1982 during the First Lebanon War. It is not only a terrorist organization which owes its allegiance to the Iranian regime, it has also been incorporated into the Lebanese political system.
Lebanon has traditionally served as an arena for foreign forces, both Middle Eastern and international. Today the intervention of Syria and Iran are most conspicuous; they provide Hezbollah in Lebanon with weapons, ammunition, financing and military training, and direct its activities. Since the Second Lebanon War (2006) the border between Israel and Lebanon has been relatively quiet, a situation exploited by Hezbollah to advance its military buildup in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.