Syria

Spotlight on Iran* (January 15 - 29, 2017)

Issued on 29/01/2017 Type Article
The Astana talks on the future of Syria ended on January 24, 2017. Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a joint mechanism to oversee the Syrian ceasefire. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry denied claims made at the UN by the Israeli ambassador that Iran was using commercial Mahan Air flights to transfer weapons to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon. He claimed Hezbollah did not need Iranian arms because it supplied all of its own needs. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, international affairs advisor to the speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament), met in Tehran with Khaled Qaddoumi, Hamas representative in Iran, and assured him that Iran's support for the Palestinians was the focus of Iranian policy.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 19-25, 2017)

Issued on 25/01/2017 Type Article
In spite of the ceasefire in Syria, and despite the Kazakhstan talks, fighting continued in two main sites: the Wadi Barada area,; and Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. So far, neither side has gained the upper hand in these two sites. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over the east of the city, apart from a few neighborhoods. In Libya, US aircraft attacked two ISIS camps southwest of Sirte, where ISIS operatives who fled Sirte were staying.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 12-18, 2017)

Issued on 18/01/2017 Type Article
Fighting continues in Syria, although the ceasefire is formally still in force. Confrontations in two sites were prominent this week: in the area of Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus. In Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over neighborhoods along the Tigris River and the Mosul University, in the northeast.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 1 – 15, 2017)

Issued on 15/01/2017 Type Article
At a memorial service for Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters killed in Syria, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with the families of Iran commandos members killed in Syria, said if Iran had not stopped the advance of the terrorists in Syria, it would have been forced to fight them on its own territory.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 5-11, 2017)

Issued on 11/01/2017 Type Article
The ceasefire is still in force, with the exception of several sites where fighting continues. The most prominent of these sites is the Wadi Barada area, northwest of Damascus.הIn Mosul, the Iraqi forces had several successes. ISIS continues to call on its supporters around the world to carry out terrorist attacks.
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Iranian Concerns Grow Over Russia's Syrian Policies - By Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 09/01/2017 Type Article
Iranian newspapers recently published criticism of Russia and claimed its policies in Syria ignored vital Iranian interests. Iranian criticism of Russia is not new. Iran is deeply suspicious of Russia and its regional aspirations. However, the recent criticism in Tehran reflects growing Iranian suspicion, especially after Aleppo fell to the Syrian army forces and the ceasefire was brokered by Syria and Turkey without Iranian participation.
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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.