ISIS in Libya: a Major Regional and International Threat

Issued on 20/01/2016 Type Article
In 2015 ISIS established two strongholds beyond the borders of its power base in Iraq and Syria: the first in the Sinai Peninsula, where it wages determined fighting against the Egyptian security forces. The second is situated in the north- central Libyan city of Sirte and its surroundings, where it has established territorial control and from where it seeks to take over the entire country.

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

Issued on 20/01/2016 Type Article
During the past week, the pressure on ISIS in the various combat zones in Syria and Iraq continued, but with no significant changes on the ground. in Libya, attacks on oil facilities continue; in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, ISIS carried out (for the first time) a series of elaborate terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations affiliated with it also continue to carry out showcase terrorist attacks.

Spotlight on Iran (January 3 – 17, 2016)

Issued on 17/01/2016 Type Article
An unprecedented crisis developed in the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Senior Iranian officials strongly condemned the execution of al-Nimr and threatened retribution. On January 13, 2016, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) took control of two American navy ships in the Persian Gulf. There has been a certain decline in the number of IRGC fighters who died in Syria.

The Weakening of ISIS and Its Territorial Losses in Iraq and Syria (2015)

Issued on 14/01/2016 Type Article
While 2014 was a year of conquest and expansion for ISIS, in 2015 it suffered a series of setbacks in Syria and Iraq, resulting in the loss of extensive areas under its control. Most important was the loss of Ramadi, the capital city of the Sunni Anbar Province, in Western Iraq. According to the spokesman of the Western anti-ISIS coalition, ISIS lost about 40% of the territory it had held in Iraq and 20% in Syria (

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 7-13, 2016)

Issued on 13/01/2016 Type Article
In Syria, there were no significant changes on the ground this week. In Iraq, the security forces continue to cleanse the city of Ramadi, which they do not yet fully control. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Iraq this week. In the face of the pressures put on it, ISIS continues to carry out terrorist attacks. In Baghdad, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack at a mall located in the east of the city, during which dozens of hostages were taken (and were later released by the Iraqi anti-terrorism force).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 31, 2015 – January 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/01/2016 Type Article
This week, ISIS continued to withstand severe pressure exerted on it on various fronts in Iraq and in Syria: the Iraqi Army continued its cleansing of the city of Ramadi and its environs; the Syrian Army is approaching the important city of Al-Bab (northeast of Aleppo) and the city of Al-Qaryatayn, southeast of Homs. While suffering blows in Iraq and Syria, ISIS continues to expand in Libya.
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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.