The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 16-22, 2017)

Issued on 22/03/2017 Type Article
The main focus of the fighting in Syria this week was an attack on several neighborhoods in eastern Damascus by the rebel organizations. While ISIS is becoming weaker and is on the strategic defensive, Fateh al-Sham Front, the rival jihadi organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda, is becoming stronger and is participating in offensive initiatives in Damascus, Hama and Daraa. In the meantime, the pressure on ISIS is mounting: In Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria, the siege of the SDF is intensifying, with the support of the United States. In Mosul, the Iraqi security forces continue to expand their control over the western part of the city.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 15 – 21, 2017)

Issued on 21/03/2017 Type Article
In Judea and Samaria, popular terrorism continues. A Palestinian woman carried out a vehicular attack at the Gush Etzion Junction. Two rockets were fired into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. The Israel Security Agency revealed that in February 2017 Israeli security forces had detained Muhammad Murtaja, head of the Gaza Strip branch of the Turkish TIKA organization. His interrogation revealed that he = had been an operative in Hamas' military wing. He defrauded the Turkish government and transferred humanitarian aid funds to Hamas' military wing.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 9-15, 2017)

Issued on 15/03/2017 Type Article
The pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is increasing: In Mosul, the Iraqi forces continue to expand their control in the west of the city. In Al-Raqqah, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with US support, continue to cleanse the area to the north and east of the city. In the area east of Aleppo, the Syrian Army, with Russian air support, continues to advance from the Al-Bab area to the area of Lake Assad in the Euphrates Valley. ISIS is attempting to halt the advancing forces by means of fierce fighting and the use of car bombs.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 2-8, 2017)

Issued on 08/03/2017 Type Article
The Syrian Army, with Russian support, completed the liberation of the city After the liberation of the city of Al-Bab from ISIS by the Free Syrian Army, attention has shifted to the city of Manbij, In Iraq, the Iraqi security forces continued to strengthen and expand their control in west Mosul.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 23-March 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/03/2017 Type Article
In the second week of the campaign over west Mosul, the Iraqi forces took over the airport to the south of the city, as well as a nearby military base. The military pressure exerted on ISIS in Syria has also increased. After the takeover of Al-Bab, Turkey apparently intends to complete its takeover of the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, which is held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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Spotlight on Iran* (February 12-26, 2017)

Issued on 26/02/2017 Type Article
During the second half of February 2017, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, paid a visit to Moscow. Tension has surfaced between Iran and Turkey. Na'im Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary general, said his organization was proud of its relations with Iran, and called on other regional countries to strengthen their relations with Iran which, he claimed, had changed the face of the Middle East.
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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.