Spotlight on Global Jihad

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.

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.

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.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 19-25, 2017)

Issued on 25/01/2017 Type Article
In spite of the ceasefire in Syria, and despite the Kazakhstan talks, fighting continued in two main sites: the Wadi Barada area,; and Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. So far, neither side has gained the upper hand in these two sites. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over the east of the city, apart from a few neighborhoods. In Libya, US aircraft attacked two ISIS camps southwest of Sirte, where ISIS operatives who fled Sirte were staying.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 12-18, 2017)

Issued on 18/01/2017 Type Article
Fighting continues in Syria, although the ceasefire is formally still in force. Confrontations in two sites were prominent this week: in the area of Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus. In Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over neighborhoods along the Tigris River and the Mosul University, in the northeast.

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.
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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.