Spotlight on Iran (November 8 – 22, 2015)

Issued on 22/11/2015 Type Article
The Iranian forces continue to suffer heavy losses in the fierce battles being waged in northwestern Syria. During the past two weeks at least 17 more Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed. An IRGC officer was killed in Iraq. Iran would provide $2 million in financial support to the families of terrorists killed in the Gaza Strip.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, ISIS Terrorist of Belgian Origin Who Orchestrated the Terrorist Attack in Paris (Updated to November 19, 2015)

Issued on 19/11/2015 Type Article
Abdelhamid Abaaoud (Abu Oud) was a terrorist operative of Belgian origin who headed the network that carried out the terrorist attack in Paris. After the attack he was pursued by the French security forces. On November 18, 2015, French police raided a building in the suburb of St. Denis, north of Paris, where Abaaoud was supposed to be hiding. A squad of terrorists was in the building and engaged in a firefight with the French police, during which a female terrorist was killed.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 12 - 18, 2015)

Issued on 18/11/2015 Type Article
The main events of the week were the shooting and suicide bombing attacks carried out by ISIS in Paris by eight terrorists operating at six different sites. In the meantime, ISIS suffered a few painful failures on the ground: in Iraq, the Kurdish forces liberated the area of Sinjar and cut off the main supply route between Mosul and Al-Raqqah; in Syria, the Syrian Army had a few successes to the east and south of Aleppo.

Profile of IRGC Fighters Killed in Syria during the Past Month (Updated to November 16, 2015) - Dr. Raz Zimmt*

Issued on 16/11/2015 Type Article
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the Qods Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), under the command of Qasem Soleimani, has led the effort to keep Damascus and strategic Syrian strongholds in the north from falling into the hands of the rebels, and to prevent the collapse of the Syrian regime. The Iranians have supported the Syrians with arms and guidance, and have sent Iranian advisors and fighters to Syria for close cooperation with the Syrian army and security forces.

Combined ISIS Suicide Bombing Attacks in the Shi'ite Suburb of South Beirut

Issued on 15/11/2015 Type Article
In the late afternoon on November 12, 2015, ISIS carried out combined suicide bombing attacks in Burj al-Barajneh, the southern Shi'ite Hezbollah-controlled suburb of Beirut. Forty-three people were killed, most of them passersby, and 240 were injured (according to Al-Jazeera, quoting the Lebanese ministry of health). The blasts also destroyed a considerable amount of property (the mayor of Burj al-Barajneh reported that ten buildings collapsed and 55 stores were destroyed). The attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts. They blew themselves up near the Al-Rasoul al-A'zam hospital.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 5 – 11, 2015)

Issued on 11/11/2015 Type Article
According to media reports from the battle zones, the Syrian Army’s ground offensive, with Iranian and Russian air support, has been halted. Additional information published in the media reinforces the conclusion that the Russian plane was downed in Sinai as a result of the explosion of an IED, planted on board in Sharm el-Sheikh. In the meantime, ISIS continues to establish its control over the important city of Sirte, in northern Libya.
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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.