Lebanon

Al-Nusra Front Leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani said in an interview that his organization's overall goal was overthrowing and replacing the Syrian regime with an Islamic regime

Issued on 01/06/2015 Type Article
Al-Nusra Front Leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani said in an interview that his organization's overall goal was overthrowing and replacing the Syrian regime with an Islamic regime. He elaborated its military achievements, especially in the region of Idlib. Prominent were his attempts to represent his organization as pragmatic and different from ISIS.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 21-27, 2015)

Issued on 27/05/2015 Type Article
This week ISIS again focused on establishing and broadening its control over eastern Syria and western Iraq. The fall of the city of Ramadi raised doubts among the American leadership about the competence of the Iraqi Army
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 14-20, 2015)

Issued on 20/05/2015 Type Article
ISIS worked this week to establish and strengthen its control over western Iraq and eastern Syria by “cleansing” the “pockets” of Iraqi and Syrian army soldiers. In Syria, ISIS is making an effort to cleanse the “pockets” of the Syrian Army in the Syrian Desert, in the east of the country. The Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah) continued their efforts to take over the road from Idlib to Latakia.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 7-13, 2015)

Issued on 13/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, northwestern Syria, battles continue between the Syrian Army and Hezbollah operatives and the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah). In Iraq, there have been no significant changes: in the refinery compound in Baiji, ISIS controls most of the area and so far has the upper hand in the fighting against the Iraqi Army. In the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security forces are intensifying their operations against the ISIS’s branch in Sinai, so far without significant results.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 30 – May 6, 2015)

Issued on 06/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, fighting continued this week between the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah) and the Syrian Army. In Iraq, fighting continued between ISIS and the Iraqi forces in two main arenas: In the Sunni Al-Anbar province, ISIS’s stronghold, ISIS continues its efforts to take control of the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital, so far without success. In the oil city of Baiji, the Iraqi Army continues to attack the refinery compound, most of which is still controlled by ISIS.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 23-29, 2015)

Issued on 29/04/2015 Type Article
This week, fighting continued in Iraq between ISIS and the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias in the Sunni province of Al-Anbar (the cities of Ramadi and Al-Baghdadi). In Syria’s Idlib province, the Al-Nusra Front and its allies managed to take over the town of Jisr al-Shughur, about 45 km southwest of Idlib, near the road leading to Latakia, on the coastal plain. ISIS continues to establish itself in Libya, amid clashes with the Libyan Army and with rival Islamist militias.
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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.