Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 18-24, 2016)

Issued on 24/02/2016 Type Article
The United States and Russia announced that a cessation of hostilities agreement has been reached and is expected to come into force on February 27, 2016, at 00:00. The agreement is designed, among other things, to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian aid to the population trapped in the various combat zones in Syria. In the meantime, ISIS has carried out a number of attacks designed to “signal” its opposition to the agreement being formulated, fan the inter-sectarian tension in Syria, and demonstrate its ability to deal painful blows to the Syrian regime.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 31 – February 14, 2016)

Issued on 14/02/2016 Type Article
Dozens of Iranians, including high-ranking officers, were killed in a ground offensive waged by Syrian regime supporters in the northern part of the city of Aleppo. After Saudi Arabia announced it was prepared to send military forces to Syria, senior Iranian officials warned the Saudi authorities not to carry out their intentions. The Iranian foreign ministry denied a report issued by a human rights organization claiming that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had recruited willing and unwilling Afghan refugees living in Iran to fight in the war in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 4-10, 2016)

Issued on 10/02/2016 Type Article
The main development of the week was the offensive by the Syrian Army, in the area north of Aleppo, which began on the day the Geneva III Conference started. At this point, the Syrian Army has enjoyed successes at the operative level, particularly the liberation of the besieged Shiite towns of Nubl and Zahraa, and cutting off the rebel organizations’ supply routes to and from Turkey. The developments on the ground are a blow to the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
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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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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.