Syria

Abu Muhammad al-Julani, head of the Al-Nusra Front, the branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria, gave a rare interview in which he tried to show pragmatism without abandoning the organization's extreme jihadist nature and objectives

Issued on 05/01/2014 Type Article
On December 10, 2013, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, head of the Al-Nusra Front (the branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria), gave a rare, 52-minute interview to Al-Jazeera, which gave him an exceptional platform to put forth his positions.
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Foreign Fighters in Syria

Issued on 01/01/2014 Type Article
This past year saw a marked increase in the involvement of foreigners in the fighting against the Syrian regime. Most join Al-Qaeda- and global jihad-affiliated organizations, gain military experience, and undergo radicalization and jihadization. They are liable to import continue terrorist and subversive activities to their countries of origin when they return
(the "Afghanistan model").
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In late 2013, Hezbollah again intensified its military involvement in the Syrian civil war, suffering heavy losses *

Issued on 25/12/2013 Type Article
In late 2013, Hezbollah had intensified its military involvement in the civil war in Syria, suffering heavy losses. The main three sites of Hezbollah fighting were the eastern rural area of Damascus (Al-Ghouta al-Sharqiyya), the Al-Qalamoun mountain range, north of Damascus, which runs along the Syrian-Lebanese border (the Homs – Damascus route), and the grave of Al-Set Zaynab, south of Damascus.
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The rebels in Syria include a few dozen operatives from the Salafist-jihadi organizations in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 08/12/2013 Type Article
The rebels in Syria include a few dozen operatives from the Salafist-jihadi organizations in the Gaza Strip. Their number is increasing. Upon their return to the Gaza Strip, they are liable to become a hotbed of terrorism and subversion against Israel, Egypt and even the Hamas de-facto government
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Operatives from the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, together with other rebel organizations, have taken over the large oil field in Deir ez-Zor

Issued on 03/12/2013 Type Article
Operatives from the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, together with other rebel organizations, have taken over the large oil field in Deir ez-Zor, after taking over essential government infrastructures in northern and eastern Syria
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The Al-Nusra Front played a major role in the rebel takeover of a large Syrian army arsenal southeast of Homs.

Issued on 14/11/2013 Type Article
. The weapons may contribute to the organization's military capabilities and be transferred to regional Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organizations.
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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.