Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 9 - 15, 2016)

Issued on 15/06/2016 Type Article
This week as well, attacks continued on ISIS’s strongholds in Syria, Iraq and Libya, so far with no significant changes on the ground In the US, a mass-murder terrorist attack was carried out, the most serious attack in its history (49 dead). The attack was carried out by an American citizen from an Afghan family, who was apparently inspired by ISIS; In France, a senior police officer and his partner were murdered in their home by a radical Islamic operative from a Moroccan family, who was also inspired by ISIS
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 2 - 8, 2016)

Issued on 08/06/2016 Type Article
In Syria, the Syrian Army, with Russian air support, launched a military operation in the east, on the route leading from Ithriya to the city of Tabqa. In Iraq, the battle over Fallujah continues, with air support from the US and coalition countries. In Libya, the encirclement of the city of Sirte, a stronghold of ISIS, is tightening.
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Spotlight on Iran (May 22 – June 5, 2016)

Issued on 05/06/2016 Type Article
Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods Force, speaking at a conference of Iranian clerics in Qom held on May 23, 2016, said that without Iran's support for the Syrian regime, ISIS would today control all of Syria. Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, said Iran was determined to continue its "advisory" mission for the regional struggle against terrorism and regarded its support as vital for regional security and political stability.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 25 – June 1, 2016)

Issued on 01/06/2016 Type Article
On May 30, 2016, the Iraqi forces, led by the counterterrorism force, mounted an attack on the city of Fallujah. ISIS responded to the attack on Fallujah by increasing its terrorist activity and guerrilla warfare.
In addition to the military pressure exerted on ISIS’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is under heavy pressure in Libya.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 19-25, 2016)

Issued on 25/05/2016 Type Article
ISIS continues to face military pressure in Iraq and Syria: In Iraq, a campaign for the liberation of Fallujah has begun. ISIS’s response to the pressure it is facing is to increase its terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare in Syria and Iraq. With the approach of the month of Ramadan, ISIS mounted an extensive propaganda campaign that focused on threats of carrying out attacks against Western countries (the US and Europe) and against Israel and the Jews.
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Spotlight on Iran* (May 8 – May 22, 2016)

Issued on 22/05/2016 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials reacted strongly to the rebel attack on Khan Tuman (south of Aleppo, Syria). Senior Iranian officials reacted strongly to the death of senior Hezbollah operative Mustafa Badr al-Din, some of accusing Israel of responsibility for his death. General Ramazan Sharif, IRGC spokesman, said at a press conference that the IRGC was experiencing a growing wave of young volunteers who wanted to be deployed in the fighting in Syria and Iraq.
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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.