Spotlight on Iran (October 26 - November 8, 2015)

Issued on 08/11/2015 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, repeatedly stressed Iran's commitment to defending the Assad regime. Iran's active participation in the ground offensive in northern Syria continued to claim many Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) victims. Mohammad-Ali Jafari, the IRGC commander, hinted at the existence of a disagreement within the Iranian administration over Bashar Assad's political future. In the meantime

Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 29 – November 4, 2015)

Issued on 04/11/2015 Type Article
The main event of the week was the crash of a Russian plane in northern Sinai, in which its 224 passengers (Russian tourists) were killed. ISIS has claimed responsibility for downing the plane. The Syrian Army’s ground offensive in northwestern Syria, with an emphasis on the rural area south of Aleppo, failed to progress this week as well. In Iraq, fighting continues between the Iraqi security forces and ISIS around three important cities.

Portrait of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Qods Force, Instigator of Iranian Subversion and Terrorism in the Middle East and around the Globe By Dr. Raz Zimmt*

Issued on 29/10/2015 Type Article
Major General Qasem Soleimani (Haj Qasem) was appointed commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods Force ("Jerusalem Force") during the period between September 1997 and March 1998. It is one of five IRGC arms, the strongest security force in Iran and the regime's main prop.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 22 –28, 2015)

Issued on 28/10/2015 Type Article
This week as well, the Syrian Army’s ground offensive was concentrated in the rural area south of Aleppo. The attack was directed against the rebel organizations, including ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front. It appears that the Iraqi Army, assisted by Shiite militias, is gradually completing its takeover of the oil city of Baiji, located north of Baghdad, halfway to Mosul. This week, ISIS continued to issue videos calling its supporters to kill Jews. The “innovation” of the week was a video showing a (fairly fluent) Hebrew speaker.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 15-21, 2015)

Issued on 21/10/2015 Type Article
This week, the Syrian Army, with Iranian and Russian support, continued its attack against the rebel organizations led by the Al-Nusra Front. The battles were concentrated in the rural area south and southwest of Aleppo. In view of the wave of Palestinian terrorism plaguing Israel, ISIS launched a media campaign accompanied by vicious anti-Semitic incitement. The campaign calls for the killing of Jews in various ways (stabbing, burning, poisoning, running over, use of explosives, etc.).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 9-15, 2015)

Issued on 14/10/2015 Type Article
The main event of the week was the Syrian Army’s ground attack with Iranian involvement, with the participation of Hezbollah operatives and with Russian air support.
The situation of control on the ground is still unclear. According to initial information, the Syrian Army enjoyed local successes in the rural area north of Hama.
The Syrian Army attack was accompanied by intensive activity on the part of the Russian Air Force (more than 200 airstrikes).
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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.