Syria

Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Issued on 23/04/2017 Type Article
Iran strongly condemned the American missile attack on Syria. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called the American attack on Syria a "strategic mistake. At the beginning of April, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, visited northern Iraq.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 6-19, 2017)

Issued on 19/04/2017 Type Article
On April 12, 2017, talks were held in Moscow between US Secretary of State Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Lavrov and President Putin. The use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian regime and the firing of the American cruise missiles in response did not lead to significant changes in the situation on the ground in the various battlefields in Syria. In the Old City of Mosul, the fighting is slowly progressing.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Issued on 09/04/2017 Type Article
During the past two weeks at least eight Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in the region of Hama. Iran condemned the chemical weapons attack on Idlib, Syria. A senior Iranian foreign ministry official, interviewed by an Iranian diplomatic website, said Iran did not have a Syrian exit strategy.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 30 – April 5, 2017)

Issued on 05/04/2017 Type Article
The pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is increasing: Following the takeover of the Tabqa Dam and the airfield to its south, SDF forces operating with American support advanced to the city of Tabqa. After several weeks of fighting, the Syrian forces took over the town of Deir Hafer. Fighting in west Mosul continues to focus on the Old City. Turkey announced the successful conclusion of Operation Euphrates Shield.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 23-29, 2017)

Issued on 29/03/2017 Type Article
In Al-Raqqah and Mosul, ISIS continues to lose territory and undergoes increasing pressure. In Al-Raqqah:, the SDF forces, with US support, took over the Tabqa Dam, which supplies electricity and water to most of the residents in the Euphrates Basin. In Mosul: The attacking forces continue to take over neighborhoods in the center of Mosul’s western part. In addition, areas northwest of Mosul were taken over from ISIS, including one of the dams on the Tigris River. The attacks initiated by the rebel organizations, mainly the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham lost their momentum this week.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 12 – 26, 2017)

Issued on 26/03/2017 Type Article
The political deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected reports that Iran was planning to construct a naval base in Latakia, Syria. Mahmoud Alavi, Iranian minister of intelligence, said Iran had sent equipment to Syria to collect information about terrorists operating in the country. Iran strongly condemned the Israeli attack in Syria on the night of March 17, 2017.
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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.