Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 25 – March 2, 2016)

Issued on 02/03/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria between the Syrian regime and the non-jihadi (so-called moderate) rebel organizations, validated by a UN Security Council resolution, came into effect on the night of February 26-27, 2016. In the following days, there was a marked decline in the intensity of the fighting in the areas where the agreement is supposed to apply. However, in vast regions where ISIS operates in eastern and northern Syria, fighting continued

Spotlight on Iran* (February 14 – 28, 2016)

Issued on 28/02/2016 Type Article
At least six members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in the fighting in Syria during the past two weeks. The commander of the IRGC's ground forces confirmed the deployment of the Saberin elite ground forces brigade to Syria and Iraq. Iran welcomed the agreement ending the hostilities in Syria, but raised doubts over the possibility that the "armed terrorist groups" operating in the country would implement it. Osama Hamdan, in charge of Hamas' public relations, claimed the visit of Hamas representatives to Tehran on the occasion of anniversary of the Islamic Revolution had been successful. He claimed Iran had expressed its commitment to the intifada in the West Bank. Iran said it would give $7000 to the family of every Palestinian shaheed killed in the Jerusalem intifada, and $30,000 to every family whose house had been razed by Israel.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 18-24, 2016)

Issued on 24/02/2016 Type Article
The United States and Russia announced that a cessation of hostilities agreement has been reached and is expected to come into force on February 27, 2016, at 00:00. The agreement is designed, among other things, to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian aid to the population trapped in the various combat zones in Syria. In the meantime, ISIS has carried out a number of attacks designed to “signal” its opposition to the agreement being formulated, fan the inter-sectarian tension in Syria, and demonstrate its ability to deal painful blows to the Syrian regime.

Spotlight on Iran* (January 31 – February 14, 2016)

Issued on 14/02/2016 Type Article
Dozens of Iranians, including high-ranking officers, were killed in a ground offensive waged by Syrian regime supporters in the northern part of the city of Aleppo. After Saudi Arabia announced it was prepared to send military forces to Syria, senior Iranian officials warned the Saudi authorities not to carry out their intentions. The Iranian foreign ministry denied a report issued by a human rights organization claiming that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had recruited willing and unwilling Afghan refugees living in Iran to fight in the war in Syria.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 4-10, 2016)

Issued on 10/02/2016 Type Article
The main development of the week was the offensive by the Syrian Army, in the area north of Aleppo, which began on the day the Geneva III Conference started. At this point, the Syrian Army has enjoyed successes at the operative level, particularly the liberation of the besieged Shiite towns of Nubl and Zahraa, and cutting off the rebel organizations’ supply routes to and from Turkey. The developments on the ground are a blow to the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 28 – February 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/02/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined suicide bombing attack carried out in the area of the shrine of Al-Set Zaynab, a holy Shiite site south of Damascus. In Syria, the Syrian Army continues to establish itself east and northeast of the city of Aleppo, In Deir al-Zor and its environs, fighting continues between the Syrian Army and ISIS. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs of the presence of ISIS, so far without success.
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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.