Spotlight on Global Jihad

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 5-11, 2017)

Issued on 11/01/2017 Type Article
The ceasefire is still in force, with the exception of several sites where fighting continues. The most prominent of these sites is the Wadi Barada area, northwest of Damascus.הIn Mosul, the Iraqi forces had several successes. ISIS continues to call on its supporters around the world to carry out terrorist attacks.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 29, 2016-January 4, 2017)

Issued on 04/01/2017 Type Article
This week, the ceasefire worked out by Russia and Turkey entered into effect in Syria. The ceasefire was intended as a preparatory stage for the talks on a political settlement which are due to be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The Fateh al-Sham Front and ISIS are not included in the ceasefire, which is its main weakness. ISIS continues its efforts to carry out showcase terrorist attacks in response to the pressure exerted on it.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/12/2016 Type Article
The city of Aleppo is now under full control of the Syrian forces, with the assistance of a Russian Military Police battalion which arrived in the city. This week, there were no significant changes in the fighting in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods. The perpetrator of the vehicular attack in the Christmas Market in Berlin was discovered and shot dead in Milan, where he arrived from Germany (through France).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 15-21, 2016)

Issued on 21/12/2016 Type Article
Two mass-casualty terrorist attacks, in Jordan and Germany, were the most prominent this week. In Germany, twelve people were killed in a vehicular attack at a Christmas market in downtown Berlin. In Jordan, ten people (civilians and security personnel) were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. This week, civilians and rebel organization operatives were evacuated from east Aleppo.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 8-14, 2016)

Issued on 14/12/2016 Type Article
The Syrian forces, with Russian air support, are gradually completing the takeover of east Aleppo from the rebel organizations. The rebel forces collapsed, even though they are still holding on to a small territory in the middle of the city.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 1-7, 2016)

Issued on 07/12/2016 Type Article
The Libyan Government of National Accord announced that the Sirte had been liberated although sporadic exchanges of fire still continue. In Aleppo, the Syrian forces continued to retake additional neighborhoods, in the southeastern part of the city. No significant progress has been achieved this week in the campaign for Mosul, due to ISIS’s stubborn.
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Information on Spotlight on Global Jihad
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.