Spotlight on Iran (December 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/01/2016 Type Article
Iran condemned the killing of Samir Kuntar near Damascus, calling it "governmental terrorism" carried out by the "Zionist regime." Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces in Syria continue to suffer heavy losses. Senior Iranian officials continue denying reports that the IRGC is reducing its numbers in Syria, stressing Iran's commitment to support the Syrian regime.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 24 – 30, 2015)

Issued on 30/12/2015 Type Article
After around seven days of fighting, the Iraqi Army took over most of the city of Ramadi. Although the next strategic target of the Iraqi Army, supported by the coalition, is the city of Mosul, ISIS’s territorial base in Iraq, there is still the need to cleanse Al-Ramadi and its surroundings and the whole Al-Anbar province from the presence of ISIS.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 17 – 23, 2015)

Issued on 23/12/2015 Type Article
On December 22, 2015, the Iraqi Army, assisted by Shiite militias and Sunni tribesmen, and with air support from the US-led coalition, began a military attack to liberate the city of Ramadi. If the Iraqi forces manage to liberate the city of Ramadi, it will be the most notable setback suffered by ISIS in Iraq since the pinnacle of its achievements in the summer of 2014. Saudi Arabia has announced the establishment of an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, comprising 35 Sunni Muslim countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 16 – 22, 2015)

Issued on 22/12/2015 Type Article
This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued, primarily with stabbing and vehicular attacks in Judea, Samaria and Israel. n Another rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip targeting the western Negev. Kuntar, a notorious terrorist, was killed in an aerial attack near Damascus.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 10 – 16, 2015)

Issued on 16/12/2015 Type Article
This week there were no significant military changes on the ground in Syria and Iraq. The most prominent ISIS activity of the past week was a large-scale attack by suicide bombers, carried out with truck/car bombs or explosive belts in Iraq and Syria. This terrorist offensive, which is unusual in scope and carried by dozens of suicide bombers may, in the ITIC’s assessment, indicate that ISIS is in distress in the various battle zones, especially in Iraq.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 3-9, 2015)

Issued on 09/12/2015 Type Article
This week as well, ISIS in Iraq and Syria continued to withstand intensive airstrikes by the US and Russia, which were joined by Britain as well. This week, there were no significant changes in the various combat zones in Iraq and Syria. In San Bernardino, in the western US, a lethal attack (14 dead, 17 wounded) was carried out by a couple of Pakistani descent. In London, a stabbing attack was carried out on a train in an Underground station by a young man who called out, “This is for Syria."
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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.