The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

The US-led international campaign against ISIS (interim assessment, updated to end of June 2015)

Issued on 29/06/2015 Type Article
On September 10, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced the start of an overall campaign against ISIS, intended to degrade the organization and ultimately destroy it.
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Spotlight on Iran (June 13 – 28, 2015)

Issued on 26/06/2015 Type Article
Iran rejected the American State Department's annual report on terrorism. Hossein Hamedani, a senior IRGC official, described Syria as "Iran's strategic depth," and claimed the objective of Syria's enemies was to ensure Israel's security through decreasing Iran's regional influence and weakening Hezbollah. Three Iranian fighters were killed when a mine exploded on the Damascus-Daraa road in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 11-17, 2015)

Issued on 17/06/2015 Type Article
This week, the Kurdish forces managed to capture the city of Tal Abyad, northern Syria (near the Turkish border). The Druze population living in the area of Al-Suwayda, southern Syria, is under twofold pressure by jihadi organizations. The Druze population in the northern Syrian Golan Heights (in the region of the village of Khader) fear that they will be taken over by the rebels, led by the Al-Nusra.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 10-16, 2015)

Issued on 16/06/2015 Type Article
This past week another rocket was fired at Israeli territory, falling inside the Gaza Strip. This past week there was a rise in the number of Molotov cocktails and stones thrown at Israeli security forces and Israeli transportation.
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In the second part of the interview granted by Abu Muhammad al-Julani

Issued on 15/06/2015 Type Article
In the second part of the interview granted by Abu Muhammad al-Julani, he strongly attacks ISIS and refutes the rumors about his organization’s intention to break away from Al-Qaeda, saying that the Iranians aspire to dominate the Middle East and reestablish the Persian Empire*
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 4-10, 2015)

Issued on 10/06/2015 Type Article
In Syria, ISIS continued its momentum of achievements in several battle zones. In Iraq, there were no significant developments this week. In Libya, the operatives of ISIS’s branch are expanding their areas of control and influence.
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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.