Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 2-15, 2015)

Issued on 15/04/2015 Type Article
In early April 2015, an ISIS force comprising an estimated 1,000 operatives attacked the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus. In the city of Tikrit, Iraq, ISIS suffered its worst defeat since its series of victories in June 2014. The coalition of rebels headed by the Al-Nusra Front (Jaysh al-Fatah), which took over the city of Idlib in northwest Syria, is preparing to establish a governmental apparatus in the city.
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Pragmatic cooperation between enemies

Issued on 07/04/2015 Type Article
Pragmatic cooperation between enemies: the Syrian regime and ISIS maintain tacit understandings about operating oil and gas fields and marketing their products.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 26 – April 1, 2015)*

Issued on 01/04/2015 Type Article
An important event of the week was the conquest of the city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria. The conquest of the city of Idlib is a major blow to the Assad regime and an important achievement for the Al-Nusra Front, which led the campaign over the city. In the important city of Tikrit, the fighting is drawing to a close. This week, the US began to support the battle for Tikrit with airstrikes, after the Shiite militias evacuated the front.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 19-25, 2015)

Issued on 25/03/2015 Type Article
In the city of Tikrit and its environs, fighting continues between the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias, and ISIS. In Tunisia, several armed men carried out a mass terrorist attack in the Bardo National Museum, near the parliament building in the capital, Tunis In Yemen, simultaneous attacks were carried out in three mosques in the capital, Sanaa, and in the northern city of Saada.
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Updated security recommendations issued by ISIS to operatives traveling to Syria

Issued on 23/03/2015 Type Article
Updated security recommendations issued by ISIS to operatives traveling to Syria are designed to address preventive measures by European countries and Turkey. However, the flow of foreign fighters still continues.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 12-18, 2015)

Issued on 18/03/2015 Type Article
The Iraqi Army and Shiite militias continued to attack the city of Tikrit and the entire Salah al-Din province (north of Baghdad. ISIS continues its effort to capture pockets of resistance in the Al-Anbar province, west of Baghdad, a stronghold of its power. This week ISIS officially accepted the pledge of allegiance by Boko Haram in Nigeria, and called on Muslims to come to West Africa to participate in jihad.
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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.