Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, Senior Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander, Killed Near Aleppo, Syria

Issued on 13/10/2015 Type Article
On October 8, 2015, Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani (Abu Wahab), a senior commander in the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed in Syria.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22 – October 8, 2015)

Issued on 08/10/2015 Type Article
September 30, 2015, marked the beginning of a new phase in the foreign involvement in the civil war in Syria, when Russian planes began launching airstrikes in northern Syria. So far, most of the Russian airstrikes, along with the launch of cruise missiles from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, were directed against the coalition of rebel organizations led by the Al-Nusra Front (Jaysh al-Fatah) in northwestern Syria (the area of Homs, Idlib and Aleppo). According to media reports, the Syrian Army, aided by Iranian operatives and Hezbollah operatives, is preparing for a ground operation in northwestern Syria.

ISIS Media Campaign Attacks Muslims Fleeing Westward, Especially from Its Islamic Caliphate

Issued on 24/09/2015 Type Article
In response to the wave of refugees fleeing to Europe, ISIS recently initiated a media campaign strongly criticizing Muslims emigrating from Syria, Libya, and by implication Iraq as well, to the West (Europe and the United States). To wage the campaign ISIS and its operatives and clerics have used its English- and Arabic-language media.

Spotlight on Iran (September 13 – 24, 2015)

Issued on 24/09/2015 Type Article
At events held to mark the 35th anniversary of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War, senior Iranian officials repeatedly stressed Iran's commitment to continuing its support of regional countries' "struggle against terrorism." Iran's deputy foreign minister paid a visit to Moscow to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. In the meantime, senior Iranian officials continue to stress Iran's commitment to supporting the Syrian regime.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 10-21, 2015) *

Issued on 21/09/2015 Type Article
As part of the pressure exerted by the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS on the Syrian Air Force’s military airbases, the Al-Nusra Front managed to take over the Abu al-Duhur military airbase, southeast of Idlib. The Al-Nusra Front published photos of Syrian fighter planes and a helicopter that allegedly fell into its hands. ISIS continues to exert pressure on the Deir al-Zor military airbase in eastern Syria. ISIS began a media campaign, featuring operatives and clerics from Syria, Iraq and Yemen, severely criticizing Muslim residents who flee to European countries.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 3-9, 2015)

Issued on 09/09/2015 Type Article
This week as well, the fighting in Syria focused on the rural area north of Aleppo, which is allegedly intended to become an “ISIS-free” buffer zone. ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front are putting pressure on the military airbases of the Syrian Air Force in the various provinces, in order to challenge the regime’s ability to support its ground forces.
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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.