Spotlight on Global Jihad

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 15-21, 2017)

Issued on 21/06/2017 Type Article
On the ground, the severe pressure on ISIS is mounting: In Mosul, the Iraqi army has entered the Old City,. In Al-Raqqah, the SDF forces have taken over several other neighborhoods in the east and west of the city. Along the Syrian-Iraqi border and in eastern Syria, the competition for control continues between the local forces supported by the US and the Coalition and those supported by Russia and Iran. This week, an Iraqi force took over the Al-Waleed border crossing, In response to ISIS’s attacks in the Majles building and the Khomeini Tomb, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched six medium-range surface-to-surface missiles at ISIS targets in the area of Deir ez-Zor.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 8-14, 2017)

Issued on 14/06/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined attack carried out by ISIS in Tehran against the Majles Building (the Iranian Parliament) and the Khomeini Mausoleum compound. The combined ISIS terrorist attack in Tehran is the first of its kind. ISIS is under severe pressure on the ground. Along the Syria-Iraq border, the competition for control is increasing between the US and the rebel organizations that it supports on the one hand, and the Syrian regime and its allies on the other.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 2-7, 2017)

Issued on 07/06/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined vehicular and stabbing attack on London Bridge, for which ISIS claimed responsibility. On the ground, pressure on ISIS is increasing: Syria: on June 6, 2017, SDF forces began an attack on the city of Al-Raqqah, with Coalition air support. It is worth noting the increasing “competition” between the various international, regional and local forces to demonstrate their presence along the Syrian-Iraqi border (from a strategic perspective with regard to the importance of controlling the border area after the fall of Mosul and Al-Raqqah).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 18-24, 2017)

Issued on 24/05/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was the US airstrike on a Syrian mechanized force advancing towards the Al-Tanf border crossing in the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi tri-border area. The airstrike led to media confrontations between the US and Russia. However, when the dust settled, senior officials from both armies began to discuss the question of how to prevent friction between Russia and the US in eastern Syria. In Manchester, Great Britain, a terrorist attack was carried out following an American pop singer’s performance, leaving 22 people dead and about 60 wounded.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 27-May 10, 2017)

Issued on 10/05/2017 Type Article
This week, a new ceasefire initiated by Russia entered into effect, with the participation of Iran and Turkey. The SDF forces took over the city of Tabqa from ISIS, as well as several additional villages and towns in the Al-Raqqah area. The siege on Al-Raqqah is growing tighter. In the Sinai Peninsula, the confrontation between ISIS’s Sinai Province and the Al-Tarabin tribe, the largest in Sinai, is intensifying.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 20-26, 2017)

Issued on 26/04/2017 Type Article
This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in the various fighting zones in Syria and Iraq. ISIS and its supporters continue their efforts to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, as a means of deterrence and in order to divert the attention of the coalition that is fighting against it.
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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.