The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 12 – 18, 2014)

Issued on 18/02/2014 Type Article
This past week rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continued. In Judea and Samaria violent "popular resistance" attacks continued. On February 16, 2014, there was an explosion on a tourist bus a few dozen yards from the Taba terminal on the Egyptian side of the border.

Al-Qaeda’s Repudiation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria – Overview and Implications

Issued on 17/02/2014 Type Article
On February 3, 2014, Islamist forums posted an announcement on behalf of the General Command of Al-Qaeda, led by Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Using suicide bombers as weapons

Issued on 11/02/2014 Type Article
Using suicide bombers as weapons: The leading modus operandi in the Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria's struggle against the Syrian regime and Hezbollah in Lebanon*

Foreign fighters from Western countries in the ranks of the rebel organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad in Syria *

Issued on 03/02/2014 Type Article
This is a follow-up study of the ITIC's in-depth study of foreigners in Syria. It deals with foreign fighters from Western countries in the ranks of the Syrian rebels, mainly the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (henceforth the Islamic State).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 15 – 21, 2014)

Issued on 21/01/2014 Type Article
Escalation in attacks on Israel's south continues. This past week 13 rocket hits were identified in the western Negev, including a simultaneous barrage of five rockets targeting the region of the southern city of Ashqelon. In addition, two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at Eilat. During December the Israeli security forces prevented the formation of a squad in Judea and Samaria planning to abduct Israeli soldiers.

Israeli Arabs and Palestinians Join the Ranks of the Rebels in Syria, Mainly Organizations Affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Global Jihad *

Issued on 19/01/2014 Type Article
In our assessment, so far about 20 Israeli Arabs have joined the ranks of the rebels in Syria, as well as 30 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and a few from Judea and Samaria. There are also several dozen Palestinians from the refugee camps in Lebanon who have joined the rebels (especially from Ein al-Hilweh near Sidon) and Palestinians from Syria and Jordan. Most of them are apparently Salafi-jihadists who join organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad.
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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.