The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22 – October 8, 2015)

Issued on 08/10/2015 Type Article
September 30, 2015, marked the beginning of a new phase in the foreign involvement in the civil war in Syria, when Russian planes began launching airstrikes in northern Syria. So far, most of the Russian airstrikes, along with the launch of cruise missiles from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, were directed against the coalition of rebel organizations led by the Al-Nusra Front (Jaysh al-Fatah) in northwestern Syria (the area of Homs, Idlib and Aleppo). According to media reports, the Syrian Army, aided by Iranian operatives and Hezbollah operatives, is preparing for a ground operation in northwestern Syria.

ISIS Media Campaign Attacks Muslims Fleeing Westward, Especially from Its Islamic Caliphate

Issued on 24/09/2015 Type Article
In response to the wave of refugees fleeing to Europe, ISIS recently initiated a media campaign strongly criticizing Muslims emigrating from Syria, Libya, and by implication Iraq as well, to the West (Europe and the United States). To wage the campaign ISIS and its operatives and clerics have used its English- and Arabic-language media.

Spotlight on Iran (September 13 – 24, 2015)

Issued on 24/09/2015 Type Article
At events held to mark the 35th anniversary of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War, senior Iranian officials repeatedly stressed Iran's commitment to continuing its support of regional countries' "struggle against terrorism." Iran's deputy foreign minister paid a visit to Moscow to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. In the meantime, senior Iranian officials continue to stress Iran's commitment to supporting the Syrian regime.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 10-21, 2015) *

Issued on 21/09/2015 Type Article
As part of the pressure exerted by the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS on the Syrian Air Force’s military airbases, the Al-Nusra Front managed to take over the Abu al-Duhur military airbase, southeast of Idlib. The Al-Nusra Front published photos of Syrian fighter planes and a helicopter that allegedly fell into its hands. ISIS continues to exert pressure on the Deir al-Zor military airbase in eastern Syria. ISIS began a media campaign, featuring operatives and clerics from Syria, Iraq and Yemen, severely criticizing Muslim residents who flee to European countries.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 9-20, 2015) *

Issued on 20/09/2015 Type Article
The main events of the past two weeks were the increase of “popular terrorism” in scale and intensity. “Popular terrorism” focused on the Temple Mount, the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and the adjacent Jewish neighborhoods. A Jerusalem resident was killed as a result of a stone-throwing attack on his car near his home in the Arnona neighborhood in south Jerusalem. The Israeli Prime Minister convened a special session on the situation in and around Jerusalem. Over the past few days, a number of rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 3-9, 2015)

Issued on 09/09/2015 Type Article
This week as well, the fighting in Syria focused on the rural area north of Aleppo, which is allegedly intended to become an “ISIS-free” buffer zone. ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front are putting pressure on the military airbases of the Syrian Air Force in the various provinces, in order to challenge the regime’s ability to support its ground forces.
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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.