Syria

Offensive against the Syrian City of Manbij May Be the Beginning of a Campaign to Liberate the Area near the Syrian-Turkish Border from ISIS

Issued on 22/06/2016 Type Article
On May 31, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-dominated military alliance supported by the United States, initiated a campaign to liberate the northern Syrian city of Manbij from ISIS. Manbij lies west of the Euphrates, about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) south of the Syrian-Turkish border.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 16 - 22, 2016)

Issued on 22/06/2016 Type Article
This week as well, attacks on major cities controlled by ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Libya continued. On these three fronts, ISIS now faces the possibility of losing outposts of considerable importance in both military terms and in terms of public relations. In order to alleviate the severe pressure that ISIS is under, and in light of the major impact of the terrorist attacks in the US and France, ISIS has launched a media campaign calling on Muslims worldwide to carry out terrorist attacks.
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Spotlight on Iran* (June 6-19, 2016)

Issued on 19/06/2016 Type Article
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps suffered heavy losses in Syria.
Ali-Akbar Velayati, international advisor to the supreme leader, said the political-military balance in Syria was changing in favor of the Syrian government and its allies. The Iranian foreign minister said that Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, was currently in Iraq acting as a military advisor. Iran condemned the shooting attack in Orlando, Florida, without mentioning it had occurred in a gay nightclub.
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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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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.