Syria

Spotlight on Iran* (May 7 – 21, 2017)

Issued on 21/05/2017 Type Article
A commander of an IRGC brigade spoke in an interview about the IRGC's activities in Syria. An article published by the Iranian Diplomacy website claimed that Iran had no choice but to recognize the seniority of Russia's role in Syria and rely on Moscow to protect its interests in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 11-17, 2017)

Issued on 17/05/2017 Type Article
The ceasefire which entered into effect on May 6, 2017, in four regions is usually observed. According to the UN envoy to Syria, there are talks between Syria and the United States about the expansion of the safe zones. The pressure on ISIS increases in Iraq and Syria, and the territory under its control is shrinking.
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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 Iran* (April 23 – May 7, 2017)

Issued on 07/05/2017 Type Article
The commander of the IRGC's ground forces said his fighters would continue to serve as advisors in Syria alongside the Qods Force. Iran denounced the April 27, 2017 attack on Hezbollah arms storehouses near the Damascus airfield. Gholam Hossein Karbaschi, former mayor of Tehran, caused an uproar in Iran by publicly criticizing Iranian's military involvement in Syria. Iran denounced Turkey's aerial attacks on targets in northern Iraq affiliated with the Turkish underground on April 26, 2017. Iran and the Palestinian Authority (PA) fiercely criticized one another after an advisor to the Iranian foreign minister accused the PA chairman.
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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calls on his followers in al-Sham (greater Syria) to abandon the concept of territorial control and concentrate on guerilla warfare, joined by other Muslims around the globe

Issued on 30/04/2017 Type Article
On April 23, 2017, a speech recorded by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was issued. It was entitled "Al-Sham (greater Syria) will not surrender (to anyone) but Allah." It was produced by al-Sahab (al-Qaeda's "Foundation for Islamic Media Publication") and uploaded to YouTube.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Issued on 23/04/2017 Type Article
Iran strongly condemned the American missile attack on Syria. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called the American attack on Syria a "strategic mistake. At the beginning of April, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, visited northern Iraq.
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Information on Syria
For years Syria has supported the Palestinian terrorist organizations and Hezbollah. Syria is home to the headquarters of many such organizations, including the political bureaus of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as other, smaller organizations which operate from Syria. Not only does Syria provide them with political asylum, it gives them military training, and arms and finances them. The organization heads are protected in Syria and the Syrian regime allows them to hold conventions and conferences in government facilities.
Syria also provides political and material support for Hezbollah, which operates in close conjunction with its ally, Iran. The existence of the ties between Syria and Hezbollah was illustrated by the death of Imad Mughniyeh, commander of Hezbollah operations, which occurred in Damascus, the capital of Syria.
In 1979 the United States State Department designated Syria as a terrorist-sponsoring country.