The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 28 – February 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/02/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined suicide bombing attack carried out in the area of the shrine of Al-Set Zaynab, a holy Shiite site south of Damascus. In Syria, the Syrian Army continues to establish itself east and northeast of the city of Aleppo, In Deir al-Zor and its environs, fighting continues between the Syrian Army and ISIS. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs of the presence of ISIS, so far without success.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 17 – 31, 2016)

Issued on 31/01/2016 Type Article
Mohammad-Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that one of Iran's major gains from regional developments was the enlistment of more than 200,000 men as fighters in the popular militias in Syria, Iraq and Libya. He said Iran would foil the "Zionist-American plot to divide Iraq and Syria." At least five more IRGC fighters were killed in Syria. Since the beginning of the ground offensive in northern Syria more than 135 Iranian fighters have been killed.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 21-27, 2016)

Issued on 27/01/2016 Type Article
In Syria, ISIS continues to exert military pressure on the Syrian Army in the area of Deir al-Zor, which is surrounded and cut off from the Syrian regime’s main area of control. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 20 – 26, 2016)

Issued on 26/01/2016 Type Article
This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued. During the past few weeks there has been a decrease in the scope of the attacks (although the number remained high), but they have been more lethal and daring (shooting attacks and entrance into Israeli villages).Prominent this past week was a lethal stabbing attack in the community of Beit Horon.
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ISIS in Libya: a Major Regional and International Threat

Issued on 20/01/2016 Type Article
In 2015 ISIS established two strongholds beyond the borders of its power base in Iraq and Syria: the first in the Sinai Peninsula, where it wages determined fighting against the Egyptian security forces. The second is situated in the north- central Libyan city of Sirte and its surroundings, where it has established territorial control and from where it seeks to take over the entire country.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 14-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/01/2016 Type Article
During the past week, the pressure on ISIS in the various combat zones in Syria and Iraq continued, but with no significant changes on the ground. in Libya, attacks on oil facilities continue; in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, ISIS carried out (for the first time) a series of elaborate terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations affiliated with it also continue to carry out showcase terrorist attacks.
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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.