Spotlight on Global Jihad

Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 9-15, 2017)

Issued on 15/03/2017 Type Article
The pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is increasing: In Mosul, the Iraqi forces continue to expand their control in the west of the city. In Al-Raqqah, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with US support, continue to cleanse the area to the north and east of the city. In the area east of Aleppo, the Syrian Army, with Russian air support, continues to advance from the Al-Bab area to the area of Lake Assad in the Euphrates Valley. ISIS is attempting to halt the advancing forces by means of fierce fighting and the use of car bombs.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 2-8, 2017)

Issued on 08/03/2017 Type Article
The Syrian Army, with Russian support, completed the liberation of the city After the liberation of the city of Al-Bab from ISIS by the Free Syrian Army, attention has shifted to the city of Manbij, In Iraq, the Iraqi security forces continued to strengthen and expand their control in west Mosul.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 23-March 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/03/2017 Type Article
In the second week of the campaign over west Mosul, the Iraqi forces took over the airport to the south of the city, as well as a nearby military base. The military pressure exerted on ISIS in Syria has also increased. After the takeover of Al-Bab, Turkey apparently intends to complete its takeover of the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, which is held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 9-15, 2017, 2017)

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
Free Syrian Army forces entered the city of Al-Bab, in cooperation with the Turkish Army. In the city of Daraa in southern Syria, several rebel organizations, including the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, launched an attack against Syrian Army strongholds in the Manshiya neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its preparations to take over the western part of the city of Mosul.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 2-8, 2017)

Issued on 08/02/2017 Type Article
In Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria, and in Al-Bab, ISIS’s last stronghold west of the Euphrates River, ISIS is under increasing pressure from the attacking forces (the Syrian Democratic Forces with US support, the Free Syrian Army with Turkish support). In the other areas in east Syria, ISIS continues its local offensive initiatives against the Syrian Army, so far without either of the parties gaining the upper hand.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 26-February 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/02/2017 Type Article
The ceasefire declared more than a month ago is still in effect in most of the regions of Syria. In the area of Wadi Barada, Syrian regime had yet another achievement, reaching an agreement in which the rebel organizations surrendered and were evacuated, together with their families, to the Idlib region. In Iraq, the Iraqi forces completed their takeover of east Mosul and they are now preparing for taking over the neighborhoods west of the Tigris River.
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The global jihad is an overall term for international Islamic terrorist networks motivated by a common Salafist-jihadi ideology. It includes coalitions of terrorist organizations and independent terrorist networks with common ideological affiliations and operational ties. They are united in their aspiration to restore the glory of the dawn of Islam (the period of the prophet Muhammad and the first Caliphates) through jihad, a holy war directed against domestic and foreign enemies. Many Salafist-jihadi organizations and networks have arisen, the most prominent of which are ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Al-Nusra Front.
ISIS has begun putting the aspiration into practice and has already declared the founding of a supranational Islamic Caliphate in the areas it controls in eastern Syria and western Iraq. The Caliphate is governed according to the sharia, Islamic religious law as it is interpreted by the Salafist-jihadist. ISIS is currently seeking to extend the Islamic Caliphate throughout Syria and Iraq. From there it intends to progress to including "Greater Syria" in the Caliphate, and after that other countries in the Middle East, and beyond. There are also several local jihad organizations in the Middle East, the most prominent of which is the Egyptian Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which swore allegiance to ISIS and declared itself an Islamic State province.