Lebanon

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 29 – February 4, 2015)

Issued on 04/02/2015 Type Article
The main event of the week was a series of combined attacks against Egyptian targets in Al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in northern Sinai. Around 30 soldiers and civilians were killed and a few dozen were wounded. The terrorist attacks were carried out by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the ISIS branch in the Sinai Peninsula.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 28 – February 3, 2015)

Issued on 03/02/2015 Type Article
On January 28, 2015, Hezbollah carried out a combined anti-tank missile and mortar shell attack on IDF forces in the Har Dov region (the so-called Shebaa Farms) in the eastern sector of south Lebanon. On January 27, 2015, UNRWA announced it had run out of money to rebuild the houses of Gazans damaged in Operation Protective Edge.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 22-28, 2015)

Issued on 28/01/2015 Type Article
On the morning of January 27, 2015, a shooting attack took place at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, were diplomats, foreign and local government officials and tourists stay. The attack killed at least nine people. One of the Japanese hostages, whose photo was circulated by ISIS last week, has been executed. ISIS, which is holding another Japanese hostage, has threatened to execute the other Japanese hostage and the Jordanian pilot if a female terrorist held in Jordan is not released within 24 hours. Kurdish sources reported that the YPG militias have managed to liberate the whole city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 8-14, 2015)

Issued on 14/01/2015 Type Article
This week was marked by a series of terrorist shooting attacks in Paris, directed against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and Jewish targets. These attacks killed 17 people. In Iraq and Syria, the fighting continued in the known locations, although the intensity of the fighting decreased due to the stormy weather.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 1-7, 2015)

Issued on 07/01/2015 Type Article
This week, there were no significant changes in the various combat zones in Iraq and Syria. In November 2014, in the region of Hebron, Israeli security services detained a terrorist squad affiliated with ISIS. ISIS-affiliated media channels continue to call on Muslim communities in the West to carry out terrorist attacks in their native). A salient example is the recent call on Muslims in France to “set France on fire” and “smash the heads of infidels (i.e., in France)” in order to protect the “oppressed brethren” in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 10-16, 2014)

Issued on 17/12/2014 Type Article
One of the main events of the week was an incident in which an armed man (born in Iran, with a criminal record) took people hostage in a café in Sydney, Australia. Fighting in Iraq and Syria continued in the major battle zones without significant changes on the ground.
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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.