The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Issued on 09/04/2017 Type Article
During the past two weeks at least eight Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in the region of Hama. Iran condemned the chemical weapons attack on Idlib, Syria. A senior Iranian foreign ministry official, interviewed by an Iranian diplomatic website, said Iran did not have a Syrian exit strategy.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 30 – April 5, 2017)

Issued on 05/04/2017 Type Article
The pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is increasing: Following the takeover of the Tabqa Dam and the airfield to its south, SDF forces operating with American support advanced to the city of Tabqa. After several weeks of fighting, the Syrian forces took over the town of Deir Hafer. Fighting in west Mosul continues to focus on the Old City. Turkey announced the successful conclusion of Operation Euphrates Shield.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 23-29, 2017)

Issued on 29/03/2017 Type Article
In Al-Raqqah and Mosul, ISIS continues to lose territory and undergoes increasing pressure. In Al-Raqqah:, the SDF forces, with US support, took over the Tabqa Dam, which supplies electricity and water to most of the residents in the Euphrates Basin. In Mosul: The attacking forces continue to take over neighborhoods in the center of Mosul’s western part. In addition, areas northwest of Mosul were taken over from ISIS, including one of the dams on the Tigris River. The attacks initiated by the rebel organizations, mainly the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham lost their momentum this week.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 22 – 28, 2017)

Issued on 28/03/2017 Type Article
In Judea and Samaria popular terrorism continues. This past week a Palestinian tried to stab a soldier and a female civilian south of Nablus. In the Gaza Strip a senior Hamas operative in the West Bank headquarters of Hamas' military wing was shot at close range and killed. Hamas rushed to accuse Israel of killing him.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 12 – 26, 2017)

Issued on 26/03/2017 Type Article
The political deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected reports that Iran was planning to construct a naval base in Latakia, Syria. Mahmoud Alavi, Iranian minister of intelligence, said Iran had sent equipment to Syria to collect information about terrorists operating in the country. Iran strongly condemned the Israeli attack in Syria on the night of March 17, 2017.
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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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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.