Syria

Spotlight on Iran* (December 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/01/2017 Type Article
Hossein Salami, deputy Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, said the fall of Aleppo to the forces of the Syrian regime foiled the plans of the West to take control of the region. Iran and Russia continue consulting about developments in Syria. Iran dismissed the claims of the spokesman of the US Department of State that the visit of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, to Aleppo, was a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/12/2016 Type Article
The city of Aleppo is now under full control of the Syrian forces, with the assistance of a Russian Military Police battalion which arrived in the city. This week, there were no significant changes in the fighting in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods. The perpetrator of the vehicular attack in the Christmas Market in Berlin was discovered and shot dead in Milan, where he arrived from Germany (through France).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 15-21, 2016)

Issued on 21/12/2016 Type Article
Two mass-casualty terrorist attacks, in Jordan and Germany, were the most prominent this week. In Germany, twelve people were killed in a vehicular attack at a Christmas market in downtown Berlin. In Jordan, ten people (civilians and security personnel) were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. This week, civilians and rebel organization operatives were evacuated from east Aleppo.
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Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe.

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe. Despite several "successes," so far ISIS has not succeeded in creating a chain reaction of attacks that would detract attention from its growing difficulties in Iraq and Syria.
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Spotlight on Iran* (December 4 – 18, 2016)

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Iran welcomed the fall of the Syrian city of Aleppo to the forces of President Bashar Assad. The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared the liberation of Aleppo was the first step in the victory of "the army of Islam" against the West, and said he hoped that in the near future Mosul in Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain would also be liberated.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 8-14, 2016)

Issued on 14/12/2016 Type Article
The Syrian forces, with Russian air support, are gradually completing the takeover of east Aleppo from the rebel organizations. The rebel forces collapsed, even though they are still holding on to a small territory in the middle of the city.
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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.