The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Iran* (September 11 – September 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/09/2016 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials accused the United States of responsibility for the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria. Jaberi Ansari, Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, visited Syria last week, where he met with President Assad and the leaders of Palestinian groups in Syria. Iran rejected Saudi Arabian accusations that it had sent arms to the forces fighting in Yemen. Iran also denied reports that the United States had signaled Iran that Washington and Moscow would like to discuss the crisis in Yemen with Tehran.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 15-21 2016)

Issued on 21/09/2016 Type Article
The US-Russia arrangement on cessation of hostilities has collapsed, having floundered for a week. During the seven days the ceasefire lasted (September 12-19 2016), hostilities persisted and the attempts to get humanitarian aid into the besieged areas, especially eastern Aleppo, failed. The “Joint Implementation Center” (JIC), which was mentioned in the Kerry-Lavrov communique, did not get set up due to the collapse of the ceasefire, the failure to deliver the humanitarian aid, the disputes, and the deep mutual Russian-American suspicion.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 8-14, 2016)

Issued on 15/09/2016 Type Article
On September 9, 2016, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that they had achieved an arrangement for the cessation of hostilities in Syria. The arrangement came into effect on September 12 (the start of the Moslem festival of Eid al-Adha) at 19:00. Even if the agreement leads to a break in the fighting, and the entry of humanitarian aid into Aleppo and elsewhere, in the ITIC’s assessment, it is very doubtful whether it will lead to a stable and sustainable ceasefire able to serve as a basis for political negotiations. On September 10, several rebel organizations operating in the Syrian Golan Heights, including the Fateh al-Sham Front, announced the opening of a major military campaign against the Syrian Army in the rural area of Quneitra.
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The American-Russian Arrangement for a Cessation of Hostilities in Syria: Overview and Initial Assessment

Issued on 13/09/2016 Type Article
On September 9, 2016, American Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a joint press conference in Geneva. They announced they had reached an arrangement for a sustainable cessation of hostilities in Syria. It was reached after months of American-Russian contacts led by Kerry and Lavrov.
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Two Years After Operation Protective Edge: Security along the Israeli-Gazan border*

Issued on 12/09/2016 Type Article
On August 26, 2014, after fifty days of intensive Israeli-Hamas fighting, a ceasefire was reached ending Operation Protective Edge. The operation severely damaged the military infrastructures of Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations, and strengthened Israel's deterrence.
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The targeted killing of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, ISIS’s number 2 leader - Analysis and implications

Issued on 11/09/2016 Type Article
On August 30, 2016, the US Department of Defense announced the killing of Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani in an airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition near the town of Al-Bab, north of Aleppo.
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Information on The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda
The global jihad is the name given to the international network of Islamist terrorist organizations sharing Al-Qaeda's ideology. The global jihad was established in 1998, and its full name is the "World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders." It serves as an umbrella organization for coalitions of terrorist organizations and independent terrorist networks with common ideologies and sharing operational ties.
All the organizations in the global jihad strive to spread Islam and establish Islamic law in all the countries in the world through a jihad against the West and its allies (among them Israel and the pro-Western Arab states). Global jihad organizations advocate a total, uncompromising battle in which the ends justify any and all means. Some of the global jihad networks carry out independent terrorist attacks and others cooperate, at various levels, with Al-Qaeda.
Al-Qaeda is the dominant factor in the global jihad's umbrella organization. It was founded in 1988 in Pakistan, and until his death was led and financed by Osama bin Laden. Ideologically it is based on Salafi Islam, according to which jihad as the personal duty of every Muslim. Al-Qaeda has been behind a series of attacks against the United States, including the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden was killed by the United States Army on May 2, 2011. He was succeeded as head of Al-Qaeda by his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, born in Egypt and one of Al-Qaeda's founders.