Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 2-8, 2015)

Issued on 08/07/2015 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined attack carried out on July 1, 2015, by operatives of ISIS’s Sinai province against the Egyptian security forces. This attack has proved that ISIS’s operatives in the Sinai Peninsula possess considerable operational capabilities. Two days after the attack (July 3, 2015), operatives of ISIS’s Sinai province fired three rockets at the western Negev.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 25 – July 1, 2015)

Issued on 01/07/2015 Type Article
The main events of the week were three terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait, These three attacks were intended to achieve different objectives: the terror attack in Tunisia was intended to harm Western tourism and destabilize the regime, the terror attack in Kuwait was intended to exacerbate the Sunni-Shiite schism and destabilize the regime.
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The US-led international campaign against ISIS (interim assessment, updated to end of June 2015)

Issued on 29/06/2015 Type Article
On September 10, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced the start of an overall campaign against ISIS, intended to degrade the organization and ultimately destroy it.
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Spotlight on Iran (June 13 – 28, 2015)

Issued on 26/06/2015 Type Article
Iran rejected the American State Department's annual report on terrorism. Hossein Hamedani, a senior IRGC official, described Syria as "Iran's strategic depth," and claimed the objective of Syria's enemies was to ensure Israel's security through decreasing Iran's regional influence and weakening Hezbollah. Three Iranian fighters were killed when a mine exploded on the Damascus-Daraa road in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 18-24, 2015)

Issued on 24/06/2015 Type Article
The Kurdish forces, which took over the city of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border, are working to expand their area of control and force out the ISIS operatives. In and around the Druze village of Khader, in the northern Syrian Golan Heights, fighting continued between the rebel forces, including the Al-Nusra Front, and the Syrian security forces. In eastern Libya, ISIS recently suffered several setbacks after a series of successes in Libya.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 11-17, 2015)

Issued on 17/06/2015 Type Article
This week, the Kurdish forces managed to capture the city of Tal Abyad, northern Syria (near the Turkish border). The Druze population living in the area of Al-Suwayda, southern Syria, is under twofold pressure by jihadi organizations. The Druze population in the northern Syrian Golan Heights (in the region of the village of Khader) fear that they will be taken over by the rebels, led by the Al-Nusra.
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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.