The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 21-27, 2015)

Issued on 27/05/2015 Type Article
This week ISIS again focused on establishing and broadening its control over eastern Syria and western Iraq. The fall of the city of Ramadi raised doubts among the American leadership about the competence of the Iraqi Army
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 14-20, 2015)

Issued on 20/05/2015 Type Article
ISIS worked this week to establish and strengthen its control over western Iraq and eastern Syria by “cleansing” the “pockets” of Iraqi and Syrian army soldiers. In Syria, ISIS is making an effort to cleanse the “pockets” of the Syrian Army in the Syrian Desert, in the east of the country. The Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah) continued their efforts to take over the road from Idlib to Latakia.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 7-13, 2015)

Issued on 13/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, northwestern Syria, battles continue between the Syrian Army and Hezbollah operatives and the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah). In Iraq, there have been no significant changes: in the refinery compound in Baiji, ISIS controls most of the area and so far has the upper hand in the fighting against the Iraqi Army. In the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security forces are intensifying their operations against the ISIS’s branch in Sinai, so far without significant results.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 6-12, 2015)

Issued on 12/05/2015 Type Article
This past week no rocket hits were identified in Israeli territory. There were several incidents along the Israeli-Gazan border between IDF forces and suspicious Palestinians. Clashes continued between Hamas' security forces and Salafist-jihadists. The Hamas security forces erected roadblocks and detained jihadist operatives.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 30 – May 6, 2015)

Issued on 06/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, fighting continued this week between the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah) and the Syrian Army. In Iraq, fighting continued between ISIS and the Iraqi forces in two main arenas: In the Sunni Al-Anbar province, ISIS’s stronghold, ISIS continues its efforts to take control of the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital, so far without success. In the oil city of Baiji, the Iraqi Army continues to attack the refinery compound, most of which is still controlled by ISIS.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 23-29, 2015)

Issued on 29/04/2015 Type Article
This week, fighting continued in Iraq between ISIS and the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias in the Sunni province of Al-Anbar (the cities of Ramadi and Al-Baghdadi). In Syria’s Idlib province, the Al-Nusra Front and its allies managed to take over the town of Jisr al-Shughur, about 45 km southwest of Idlib, near the road leading to Latakia, on the coastal plain. ISIS continues to establish itself in Libya, amid clashes with the Libyan Army and with rival Islamist militias.
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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.