The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

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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Hamas as a Supporter of Anti-Egyptian Terrorism: Hamas-Egyptian relations deteriorated following the Egyptian accusation of Hamas involvement in the 2015 assassination of the Egyptian attorney general.

Issued on 20/03/2016 Type Article
Hamas as a Supporter of Anti-Egyptian Terrorism: Hamas-Egyptian relations deteriorated following the Egyptian accusation of Hamas involvement in the 2015 assassination of the Egyptian attorney general. Egypt is also aware of Hamas' collaboration with ISIS's Sinai Province in its terrorist campaign
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 10-16, 2016)

Issued on 16/03/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria, which entered into effect on the night of February 26-27, was maintained in its third week with the familiar characteristics. On the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, and on the eve of the Geneva proximity talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a dramatic announcement on the immediate withdrawal of a large part of the Russian military force in Syria.
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ISIS Raid on Coastal City of Ben Gardane in Tunisia Fails but Shows Rise in Daring and Inherent Threats of ISIS Infrastructure in Libya

Issued on 13/03/2016 Type Article
On March 7, 2016, an ISIS force of several dozen operatives raided the Tunisian city of Ben Gardane near the Tunisian-Libyan border. Some of the operatives were of Tunisian origin. They apparently came from Libya with the intention of attacking the Tunisian military and security force installations located in Ben Gardane and damaging the image of the Tunisian regime. The raid failed, possibly because the ISIS operatives had not surprised the Tunisian forces.
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Spotlight on Iran * (February 28 – March 13, 2016)

Issued on 13/03/2016 Type Article
At least three Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and several more Shi'ite foreign fighters were killed in Syria. The deputy chairman of the Iranian Martyrs Foundation said the foundation provided for more than 80% of the families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria. Senior Palestinian officials were critical of the Iran announcement of its intention to transfer funds to the families of Palestinian shaheeds and families whose houses had been destroyed by Israel.
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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.