Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 28 – February 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/02/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined suicide bombing attack carried out in the area of the shrine of Al-Set Zaynab, a holy Shiite site south of Damascus. In Syria, the Syrian Army continues to establish itself east and northeast of the city of Aleppo, In Deir al-Zor and its environs, fighting continues between the Syrian Army and ISIS. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs of the presence of ISIS, so far without success.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 17 – 31, 2016)

Issued on 31/01/2016 Type Article
Mohammad-Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that one of Iran's major gains from regional developments was the enlistment of more than 200,000 men as fighters in the popular militias in Syria, Iraq and Libya. He said Iran would foil the "Zionist-American plot to divide Iraq and Syria." At least five more IRGC fighters were killed in Syria. Since the beginning of the ground offensive in northern Syria more than 135 Iranian fighters have been killed.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 21-27, 2016)

Issued on 27/01/2016 Type Article
In Syria, ISIS continues to exert military pressure on the Syrian Army in the area of Deir al-Zor, which is surrounded and cut off from the Syrian regime’s main area of control. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs.
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ISIS in Libya: a Major Regional and International Threat

Issued on 20/01/2016 Type Article
In 2015 ISIS established two strongholds beyond the borders of its power base in Iraq and Syria: the first in the Sinai Peninsula, where it wages determined fighting against the Egyptian security forces. The second is situated in the north- central Libyan city of Sirte and its surroundings, where it has established territorial control and from where it seeks to take over the entire country.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 14-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/01/2016 Type Article
During the past week, the pressure on ISIS in the various combat zones in Syria and Iraq continued, but with no significant changes on the ground. in Libya, attacks on oil facilities continue; in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, ISIS carried out (for the first time) a series of elaborate terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations affiliated with it also continue to carry out showcase terrorist attacks.
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Spotlight on Iran (January 3 – 17, 2016)

Issued on 17/01/2016 Type Article
An unprecedented crisis developed in the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Senior Iranian officials strongly condemned the execution of al-Nimr and threatened retribution. On January 13, 2016, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) took control of two American navy ships in the Persian Gulf. There has been a certain decline in the number of IRGC fighters who died in Syria.
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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.