The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/12/2016 Type Article
The city of Aleppo is now under full control of the Syrian forces, with the assistance of a Russian Military Police battalion which arrived in the city. This week, there were no significant changes in the fighting in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods. The perpetrator of the vehicular attack in the Christmas Market in Berlin was discovered and shot dead in Milan, where he arrived from Germany (through France).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 14-20, 2016)

Issued on 27/12/2016 Type Article
This past week news focused on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which dealt mainly with the issue of the Israeli settlements, over which there is broad international consensus. The resolution was regarded by the Palestinians as a significant achievement and "historic victory," and was supported by the entire spectrum of Palestinians. On the ground nothing is new. Popular terrorism and violence continue in Judea and Samaria, with stabbing attacks, shooting attacks, Molotov cocktails and the throwing of stones.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 15-21, 2016)

Issued on 21/12/2016 Type Article
Two mass-casualty terrorist attacks, in Jordan and Germany, were the most prominent this week. In Germany, twelve people were killed in a vehicular attack at a Christmas market in downtown Berlin. In Jordan, ten people (civilians and security personnel) were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. This week, civilians and rebel organization operatives were evacuated from east Aleppo.
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The Repercussions of Losing the Sirte Region on ISIS’s Position in Libya and the Nature of the Islamic State (Preliminary Assessment)

Issued on 19/12/2016 Type Article
On December 5, 2016, after battles which lasted for seven months, the takeover of Sirte, ISIS’s “capital” in Libya (and a prominent stronghold in the entire North Africa), was finally completed. Faiz al-Saraj, the head of the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord, officially announced on December 17 the termination of military activity in Sirte and its liberation from ISIS. The forces of the Government of National Accord, based on the Islamic militia “Libyan Dawn,” took over Sirte and ISIS’s territory of control in the region.
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Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe.

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe. Despite several "successes," so far ISIS has not succeeded in creating a chain reaction of attacks that would detract attention from its growing difficulties in Iraq and Syria.
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Spotlight on Iran* (December 4 – 18, 2016)

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Iran welcomed the fall of the Syrian city of Aleppo to the forces of President Bashar Assad. The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared the liberation of Aleppo was the first step in the victory of "the army of Islam" against the West, and said he hoped that in the near future Mosul in Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain would also be liberated.
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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.