Syria

Hezbollah's Involvement in the Civil War in Syria*

Issued on 10/04/2014 Type Article
Hezbollah regards the takeover of Yabrud as a security and morale-boosting achievement, costing the organization relatively few losses.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 12 – 18, 2014)

Issued on 18/03/2014 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the latest round of escalation in Israel's south, the most serious since Operation Pillar of Defense (November 2012). A massive barrage of rockets and mortar shells was fired, mostly by the PIJ. This past week Mahmoud Abbas met with Barack Obama in the White House. Spokesmen for Mahmoud Abbas said that no official version of the framework for an agreement had been presented at the meeting, only a number of ideas.
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Shi'ite Foreign Fighters in Syria

Issued on 18/03/2014 Type Article
This study examines the presence of Shi'ite foreign fighters operating in support of the Syrian regime. Their numbers are increasing, and in our assessment today there are at least 7,000-8,000, including several thousand Hezbollah fighters.
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Sheikh Sami al-Uraydi: Portrait of a Jordanian cleric who serves as a senior religious authority for the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch.

Issued on 24/02/2014 Type Article
Sheikh Dr. Sami al-Uraydi, aka Abu Mahmud al-Shami, is a Jordanian cleric and a senior religious authority of the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
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The Al-Nusra Front recently carried out a suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, using a British foreign fighter.

Issued on 19/02/2014 Type Article
The Al-Nusra Front recently carried out a suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, using a British foreign fighter. Using foreign fighters for suicide bombing attacks is a widespread Al-Nusra Front modus operandi.
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Al-Qaeda’s Repudiation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria – Overview and Implications

Issued on 17/02/2014 Type Article
On February 3, 2014, Islamist forums posted an announcement on behalf of the General Command of Al-Qaeda, led by Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri.
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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.