Syria

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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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 1-7, 2016)

Issued on 07/12/2016 Type Article
The Libyan Government of National Accord announced that the Sirte had been liberated although sporadic exchanges of fire still continue. In Aleppo, the Syrian forces continued to retake additional neighborhoods, in the southeastern part of the city. No significant progress has been achieved this week in the campaign for Mosul, due to ISIS’s stubborn.
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The military show of strength held by Hezbollah in the Syrian city of Al-Qusayr

Issued on 06/12/2016 Type Article
On November 13, 2016, Hezbollah held a first-of-its-kind military show of strength, exceptional in scope. The show of strength took place near the Syrian city of Al-Qusayr, in the northern Bekaa Valley (about 15 km from the border with Lebanon). It was part of a series of events held to commemorate Hezbollah's Martyr’s Day annually held by the organization on November 11 (close to Lebanon's Independence Day held on November 22, 2016).
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Spotlight on Iran* (November 20 – December 4, 2016)

Issued on 04/12/2016 Type Article
Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said Iranian forces were not participating in the fighting in Mosul because the Shi'ite militias in Iraq did not need Iranian fighters. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, commander of the Iranian armed forces, said that in the future Iran might construct military bases along the Yemeni or Syrian coast to increase its naval capabilities in foreign waters. During the past two weeks three IRGC fighters were killed in combat in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 17-23, 2016)

Issued on 23/11/2016 Type Article
More than a month after the beginning of the campaign for Mosul. The Iraqi army advances slowly in the eastern neighborhoods of the city and toward the airport south of Mosul, facing fierce resistance on the part of ISIS. The Shiite militias and an Iraqi army force have taken over the airport of the city of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, and cut off the main road between Iraq and Syria. Reportedly, ISIS has switched to using alternative roads.
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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.