The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 11-17, 2017)

Issued on 17/05/2017 Type Article
The ceasefire which entered into effect on May 6, 2017, in four regions is usually observed. According to the UN envoy to Syria, there are talks between Syria and the United States about the expansion of the safe zones. The pressure on ISIS increases in Iraq and Syria, and the territory under its control is shrinking.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 27-May 10, 2017)

Issued on 10/05/2017 Type Article
This week, a new ceasefire initiated by Russia entered into effect, with the participation of Iran and Turkey. The SDF forces took over the city of Tabqa from ISIS, as well as several additional villages and towns in the Al-Raqqah area. The siege on Al-Raqqah is growing tighter. In the Sinai Peninsula, the confrontation between ISIS’s Sinai Province and the Al-Tarabin tribe, the largest in Sinai, is intensifying.
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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calls on his followers in al-Sham (greater Syria) to abandon the concept of territorial control and concentrate on guerilla warfare, joined by other Muslims around the globe

Issued on 30/04/2017 Type Article
On April 23, 2017, a speech recorded by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was issued. It was entitled "Al-Sham (greater Syria) will not surrender (to anyone) but Allah." It was produced by al-Sahab (al-Qaeda's "Foundation for Islamic Media Publication") and uploaded to YouTube.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 20-26, 2017)

Issued on 26/04/2017 Type Article
This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in the various fighting zones in Syria and Iraq. ISIS and its supporters continue their efforts to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, as a means of deterrence and in order to divert the attention of the coalition that is fighting against it.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Issued on 23/04/2017 Type Article
Iran strongly condemned the American missile attack on Syria. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called the American attack on Syria a "strategic mistake. At the beginning of April, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, visited northern Iraq.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 6-19, 2017)

Issued on 19/04/2017 Type Article
On April 12, 2017, talks were held in Moscow between US Secretary of State Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Lavrov and President Putin. The use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian regime and the firing of the American cruise missiles in response did not lead to significant changes in the situation on the ground in the various battlefields in Syria. In the Old City of Mosul, the fighting is slowly progressing.
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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.