The establishment of the Fateh al-Sham Front in place of the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria: reasons and implications

Issued on 05/08/2016 Type Article
On July 28, 2016, Abu Mohammad al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria), appeared on Al-Jazeera TV and announced the establishment of a new framework called the Fateh al-Sham Front (the Victory in Al-Sham Front). The newly established framework will replace the Al-Nusra Front. Al-Julani’s announcement was preceded by an announcement of support from the leaders of Al-Qaeda (Ayman al-Zawahiri and his deputy Ahmed Hassan Abu al-Khayr).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 28 – August 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/08/2016 Type Article
The main event of this week was the campaign over the city of Aleppo, which is surrounded by the Syrian Army and its allies. On July 28, 2016, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria), announced the establishment of a new framework called the Fateh al-Sham Front. ISIS continued to carry out deadly terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare throughout Syria and Iraq.

Spotlight on Iran* (July 17 – 31, 2016)

Issued on 31/07/2016 Type Article
Iranian minister of defense, said Iran was proud of the support it gave the "resistance front," and that it deployed advisors to Syria to aid in recruiting the Syrian public for the struggle against the country's enemies.
Mohammad-Reza Naghdi, commander of the Basij wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), recently visited the region of Quneitra in the Golan Heights and was observed near the Israeli-Syrian border.
Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the IRGC, said that today the defense of Iraqi civilian security was in the hands of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 21-27, 2016)

Issued on 27/07/2016 Type Article
The wave of terrorist attacks in Germany and in France continues: in the city of Ansbach in southern Germany. In the ITIC’s assessment, both of these were ISIS-inspired attacks carried out in response to ISIS’s call to kill civilians in the West. At the same time, ISIS continues its wave of terrorist attack and guerrilla warfare in other areas in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 14-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/07/2016 Type Article
The main events of the week were two terrorist attacks in France and Germany, carried out by lone wolf terrorists. In both cases, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks Some two months ago, ISIS called on its supporters in the West to carry out attacks intended to kill civilians/

ISIS: An Overview and Future Trends*

Issued on 20/07/2016 Type Article
A year ago I gave a presentation at the First International Intelligence & Special Forces Conference about the campaign conducted by the United States and the international coalition against ISIS. My bottom line was that the campaign had not yet succeeded in reducing ISIS's military and governance capabilities, and that the organization was getting stronger.
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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.