The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 3-9, 2016)

Issued on 09/11/2016 Type Article
ISIS continued its guerrilla warfare and terrorist activity against the attacking forces, and at the same time it carried out mass-casualty terrorist attacks in Tikrit and Samarra, north of Baghdad. On the propaganda level, ISIS stresses the false message that it has the upper hand and that its operatives are victorious in the various battle zones. On November 6, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared the beginning of Operation Euphrates Wrath to take over Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s “capital” in Syria. The operation enjoys an American support. For the time being, clashes are taking place in the rural area south of the city of Ain Issa, about 50 km north of Al-Raqqah.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 28-November 2, 2016)

Issued on 02/11/2016 Type Article
The Iraqi army, advancing to the city from the south, is running into difficulties due to ISIS's strong resistance, although it has enjoyed some local achievements. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi forces have reached Mosul from the north and the east and have completed cleansing the eastern rural area of the city. The forces are now at the eastern outskirts of Mosul, but they still haven't entered it.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 10-27, 2016)

Issued on 27/10/2016 Type Article
October 17, 2016, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the beginning of a military operation to take over Mosul. The city of Mosul, ISIS's main stronghold where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate (June 4, 2014), is of symbolic value. The operation is led by the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with the assistance of Shiite militias (under Iranian influence) and Sunni tribesmen. The attacking forces receive air support from the United States and the coalition countries. The attack on Mosul was carried out from the south and the east, and subsequently also from the north.
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The Campaign for Mosul: The Situation and Initial Assessment (As of the morning of October 27, 2016)

Issued on 27/10/2016 Type Article
On October 17, 2016, Haidar al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, announced the beginning of a military campaign to liberate the large, important Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS's main stronghold in Iraq. It was where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the founding of the Islamic Caliphate on June 4, 2014, which gave Mosul great symbolic value.
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Spotlight on Iran* (September 25 – October 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, spoke at a ceremony held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hossein Hamedani, a senior official in the IRGC killed in Syria. He said the Iranians fighting in Syria defended not only Syria but Islam and the Islamic Republic. He added that the main reason for Iran's support of Syria was Syria's support for Iran in the Iran-Iraq War. Chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said Iran had recently attacked targets in Iraq and Syria using long-range UAVs.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/09/2016 Type Article
After the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, the Syrian air force, with Russian support, launched an intensive air attack on rebel-held residential areas in the eastern part of Aleppo. According to Syrian state TV, the Syrian army took control of the al-Farafirah neighborhood in the Old City (near the citadel). The rebel organizations, on the other hand, claimed the Syrian regime had exaggerated its achievements and that they had successfully halted the Syrian army's advance.
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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.