Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 14-20, 2015)

Issued on 20/05/2015 Type Article
ISIS worked this week to establish and strengthen its control over western Iraq and eastern Syria by “cleansing” the “pockets” of Iraqi and Syrian army soldiers. In Syria, ISIS is making an effort to cleanse the “pockets” of the Syrian Army in the Syrian Desert, in the east of the country. The Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah) continued their efforts to take over the road from Idlib to Latakia.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 7-13, 2015)

Issued on 13/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, northwestern Syria, battles continue between the Syrian Army and Hezbollah operatives and the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah). In Iraq, there have been no significant changes: in the refinery compound in Baiji, ISIS controls most of the area and so far has the upper hand in the fighting against the Iraqi Army. In the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security forces are intensifying their operations against the ISIS’s branch in Sinai, so far without significant results.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 30 – May 6, 2015)

Issued on 06/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, fighting continued this week between the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah) and the Syrian Army. In Iraq, fighting continued between ISIS and the Iraqi forces in two main arenas: In the Sunni Al-Anbar province, ISIS’s stronghold, ISIS continues its efforts to take control of the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital, so far without success. In the oil city of Baiji, the Iraqi Army continues to attack the refinery compound, most of which is still controlled by ISIS.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 23-29, 2015)

Issued on 29/04/2015 Type Article
This week, fighting continued in Iraq between ISIS and the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias in the Sunni province of Al-Anbar (the cities of Ramadi and Al-Baghdadi). In Syria’s Idlib province, the Al-Nusra Front and its allies managed to take over the town of Jisr al-Shughur, about 45 km southwest of Idlib, near the road leading to Latakia, on the coastal plain. ISIS continues to establish itself in Libya, amid clashes with the Libyan Army and with rival Islamist militias.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 22 – 28, 2015)

Issued on 28/04/2015 Type Article
This past week there was an increase in terrorist attacks on its southern and northern borders and throughout Jerusalem: Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the western Negev at the end of Israel's Independence Day. There were two stabbing attacks and a vehicular attack in the Jerusalem area and at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. An attempt to plant an IED was foiled in the region of the Druze village of Majdal Shams, in the northern Golan Heights.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 16-22, 2015)

Issued on 22/04/2015 Type Article
ISIS continues its efforts to establish its presence in the northern and southern outskirts of Damascus. In the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, clashes continue between. In Iraq, fighting continues in the refinery compound in the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad. There are additional indications that Turkish authorities have stepped up their counterterrorism measures against jihadi operatives who enter their territory in order to join ISIS.
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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.