Syria

Iranian Concerns Grow Over Russia's Syrian Policies - By Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 09/01/2017 Type Article
Iranian newspapers recently published criticism of Russia and claimed its policies in Syria ignored vital Iranian interests. Iranian criticism of Russia is not new. Iran is deeply suspicious of Russia and its regional aspirations. However, the recent criticism in Tehran reflects growing Iranian suspicion, especially after Aleppo fell to the Syrian army forces and the ceasefire was brokered by Syria and Turkey without Iranian participation.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 29, 2016-January 4, 2017)

Issued on 04/01/2017 Type Article
This week, the ceasefire worked out by Russia and Turkey entered into effect in Syria. The ceasefire was intended as a preparatory stage for the talks on a political settlement which are due to be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The Fateh al-Sham Front and ISIS are not included in the ceasefire, which is its main weakness. ISIS continues its efforts to carry out showcase terrorist attacks in response to the pressure exerted on it.
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Spotlight on Iran* (December 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/01/2017 Type Article
Hossein Salami, deputy Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, said the fall of Aleppo to the forces of the Syrian regime foiled the plans of the West to take control of the region. Iran and Russia continue consulting about developments in Syria. Iran dismissed the claims of the spokesman of the US Department of State that the visit of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, to Aleppo, was a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/12/2016 Type Article
The city of Aleppo is now under full control of the Syrian forces, with the assistance of a Russian Military Police battalion which arrived in the city. This week, there were no significant changes in the fighting in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods. The perpetrator of the vehicular attack in the Christmas Market in Berlin was discovered and shot dead in Milan, where he arrived from Germany (through France).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 15-21, 2016)

Issued on 21/12/2016 Type Article
Two mass-casualty terrorist attacks, in Jordan and Germany, were the most prominent this week. In Germany, twelve people were killed in a vehicular attack at a Christmas market in downtown Berlin. In Jordan, ten people (civilians and security personnel) were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. This week, civilians and rebel organization operatives were evacuated from east Aleppo.
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Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe.

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe. Despite several "successes," so far ISIS has not succeeded in creating a chain reaction of attacks that would detract attention from its growing difficulties in Iraq and Syria.
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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.