The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Iran* (August 14-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/08/2016 Type Article
Iran allowed the Russian air force to use its base at Hamedan (western Iran) for air strikes in Syria. A high ranking commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed Iran had established a "Shi'ite liberation army" operating in Syria, Iraq and Yemen under the command of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC's Qods Force. He said the objective of the "liberation army" was to ensure that Israel would not exist within 23 years. Osama Hamdan, responsible for Hamas' international relations, claimed the relations between Iran and Hamas had improved. He denied a report in a Saudi Arabian-sponsored newspaper that Tehran had conditioned Iran's continued financial support of Hamas on a pledge of loyalty to Iran.
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The Campaign West of the Euphrates: Analysis of Turkish Army and Rebel Organizations' Capture of Jarabulus (Initial assessment, morning of August 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/08/2016 Type Article
On August 24, 2016, the city Jarabulus, located near the Turkish border, was captured from ISIS by Turkish army armored and special forces along with Syrian rebel organizations. From the Turkish perspective, the objective of the so-called Operation Euphrates Shield was to repel ISIS from proximity to its border and prevent the Kurdish forces from making additional gains west of the Euphrates. The ISIS operatives in Jarabulus did not put up significant resistance and retreated from the city to the organization's strongholds in al-Bab and Tabqa.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 18-24, 2016)

Issued on 24/08/2016 Type Article
This week, the fighting in Syria was concentrated in and around the city of Aleppo and in the area west of the Euphrates River, near the Syrian-Turkish border In Aleppo, the rebel organizations (led by the Fateh al-Sham Front) managed to fend off attacks by the Syrian Army and maintain the logistical corridor in the south of the city. In the area west of the Euphrates River, the collapse of ISIS’s strongholds continues: on August 24, a Turkish military force along with rebel forces captured the city of Jarabulus, near the Syrian-Turkish border.
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Analysis of ISIS-Inspired Terrorist Attacks in Western Countries

Issued on 09/08/2016 Type Article
For the past year ISIS and its supporters have waged a broad terrorist campaign against Western countries and Turkey. They have carried out attacks in airports, hotels, tourist centers, clubs, social institutions, mass-attendance events and more. The objective of the campaign is to terrify the West, deter Western governments from continuing their attacks on ISIS and cause economic damage.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 3-9, 2016)

Issued on 09/08/2016 Type Article
This past week Palestinians continued throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces and Israeli vehicles on the roads in Judea and Samaria. They also shot at an Israeli vehicle near Pisgat Ze'ev in north Jerusalem. The Israeli security forces recently detained two Palestinians working for international aid organizations in the Gaza Strip who had transferred funds to Hamas and its military-terrorist wing.
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The establishment of the Fateh al-Sham Front in place of the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria: reasons and implications

Issued on 05/08/2016 Type Article
On July 28, 2016, Abu Mohammad al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria), appeared on Al-Jazeera TV and announced the establishment of a new framework called the Fateh al-Sham Front (the Victory in Al-Sham Front). The newly established framework will replace the Al-Nusra Front. Al-Julani’s announcement was preceded by an announcement of support from the leaders of Al-Qaeda (Ayman al-Zawahiri and his deputy Ahmed Hassan Abu al-Khayr).
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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.