Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 31 – April 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/04/2016 Type Article
ISIS’s series of failures in Syria and Iraq continues: the Syrian Army took over the city of Al-Qaryatayn, southeast of Homs. The takeover of the city (following the takeover of Palmyra) enabled the Syrian Army to open the Homs-Damascus highway and create territorial contiguity in its control area east of Homs. ISIS, which has failed to halt its failures, is carrying out terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare against its various enemies. Among other things, this week ISIS carried out suicide bombing attacks against Shiite targets in the Baghdad area.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 13 – 27, 2016)

Issued on 27/03/2016 Type Article
Responding publicly to Russia's decision to withdraw some of its forces from Syria, senior Iranian officials tried to minimize its importance. The Hamas ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip ordered Al-Saberin movement, which operates under Iranian aegis, to close the offices of its charitable association. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, meeting with a Hamas delegation in Tehran last month, said Iran's position on the question of Palestine had not changed.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 17-23, 2016)

Issued on 23/03/2016 Type Article
This week was marked by a series of attacks carried out by ISIS, demonstrating the operational capabilities of the terrorist and guerrilla infrastructure that ISIS has built outside the core area of its rule in Syria and Iraq. On Istiklal Street in the heart of Istanbul, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of tourists (four dead, including three Israelis, and 39 injured, including 11 Israelis). At the international airport in Brussels. In Syria, the ceasefire continues with its familiar characteristics for the fourth week.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 10-16, 2016)

Issued on 16/03/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria, which entered into effect on the night of February 26-27, was maintained in its third week with the familiar characteristics. On the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, and on the eve of the Geneva proximity talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a dramatic announcement on the immediate withdrawal of a large part of the Russian military force in Syria.
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Spotlight on Iran * (February 28 – March 13, 2016)

Issued on 13/03/2016 Type Article
At least three Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and several more Shi'ite foreign fighters were killed in Syria. The deputy chairman of the Iranian Martyrs Foundation said the foundation provided for more than 80% of the families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria. Senior Palestinian officials were critical of the Iran announcement of its intention to transfer funds to the families of Palestinian shaheeds and families whose houses had been destroyed by Israel.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 3-9, 2016)

Issued on 09/03/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria, which came into effect on the night of February 26-27, resulted in a significant decrease in the intensity of the clashes in the areas where it is applied. Under cover of the ceasefire and with Russian air support, the Syrian Army carried out an attack on the city of Palmyra (east of Homs), which has been controlled by ISIS since May 2015. Thus, ISIS is subject to increasing pressure on the core of its control areas in northeastern Syria from the Syrian Army (from the south and the east) and from the Kurdish forces (from the north and the northeast).
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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.