The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 14-20, 2016)*

Issued on 20/04/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria entered its eighth week, with the familiar characteristics. The US secretary of state and the Russian foreign minister have reiterated their support for the agreement and stressed the need to maintain it. In Syria, clashes continued between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one hand, and organizations not included in the ceasefire on the other. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army completed its takeover of the city of Hit, located on the banks of the Euphrates River, about 70 km northwest of Ramadi.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 7-13, 2016)

Issued on 13/04/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire entered into its seventh week, with the familiar characteristics. At the same time, fighting continues in the various battle zones throughout Syria that are not included in the ceasefire agreement. The local clashes are concentrated in the area of Aleppo. The Iraqi regime continues its efforts to establish itself in the Sunni Al-Anbar Province. Thousands of people who had left Ramadi began returning in the wake of the improvement in the security situation.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 31 – April 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/04/2016 Type Article
ISIS’s series of failures in Syria and Iraq continues: the Syrian Army took over the city of Al-Qaryatayn, southeast of Homs. The takeover of the city (following the takeover of Palmyra) enabled the Syrian Army to open the Homs-Damascus highway and create territorial contiguity in its control area east of Homs. ISIS, which has failed to halt its failures, is carrying out terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare against its various enemies. Among other things, this week ISIS carried out suicide bombing attacks against Shiite targets in the Baghdad area.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 24-30, 2016)

Issued on 30/03/2016 Type Article
On March 27, 2016, the city of Palmyra, located in the heart of the Syrian desert, was taken over by the Syrian Army and the forces supporting it. The takeover of Palmyra is a military, political and image-related achievement of the Syrian Army and Russia. The Belgian government has carried out this week a series of arrests of ISIS operatives, some of whom were involved in the terror attack in Brussels.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 13 – 27, 2016)

Issued on 27/03/2016 Type Article
Responding publicly to Russia's decision to withdraw some of its forces from Syria, senior Iranian officials tried to minimize its importance. The Hamas ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip ordered Al-Saberin movement, which operates under Iranian aegis, to close the offices of its charitable association. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, meeting with a Hamas delegation in Tehran last month, said Iran's position on the question of Palestine had not changed.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 17-23, 2016)

Issued on 23/03/2016 Type Article
This week was marked by a series of attacks carried out by ISIS, demonstrating the operational capabilities of the terrorist and guerrilla infrastructure that ISIS has built outside the core area of its rule in Syria and Iraq. On Istiklal Street in the heart of Istanbul, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of tourists (four dead, including three Israelis, and 39 injured, including 11 Israelis). At the international airport in Brussels. In Syria, the ceasefire continues with its familiar characteristics for the fourth week.
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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.