The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 31, 2014 – January 6, 2015)

Issued on 06/01/2015 Type Article
This past week clashes continued along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. In Hebron an ISIS-affiliated terrorist squad was apprehended. The Palestinian Authority's proposed UN resolution failed to pass the Security Council vote. In response the PA formally filed applications to join twenty international conventions. In response, Israel froze the transfer of 500 million shekels ($126 million) in tax revenues collected for the PA. Palestinian public figures strongly condemned the Israeli decision.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 24-31, 2014)

Issued on 30/12/2014 Type Article
The main event of the week was the crash of a Jordanian aircraft in Al-Raqqah and the capture of its pilot by ISIS. Fighting in Iraq and Syria continued in the major battle zones, without significant changes on the ground. A senior Iranian officer in the Revolutionary Guards, who served as advisor to the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias, was killed by ISIS.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 23-17, 2014)

Issued on 24/12/2014 Type Article
In Syria and Iraq, ISIS continued fighting in the various battle zones. In Iraq, ISIS recorded successes in areas north of Baghdad (the oil city of Baiji, areas south of the city of Samarra) and in the Sunni province of Al-Anbar (in the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital). In Syria, the Kurds were successful in battles in the city of Kobani, and ISIS made another unsuccessful attempt to take over the military airfield in the province of Deir al-Zor.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 17-13, 2014)

Issued on 23/12/2014 Type Article
A rocket hit was identified in Israel's south, the third since the end of Operation Protective Edge. On December 17, 2014, Jordan proposed a draft version of a Palestinian resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a peace arrangement and the end of the (Israeli) occupation of the Palestinian territories before 2017. On December 17, 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced it had annulled the measures against Hamas, namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization and the freezing of Hamas' funds.
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Evaluation of the American Campaign against ISIS and Its Chances of Success *

Issued on 17/12/2014 Type Article
President Obama has set the US the clear, but in ITIC assessment pretentious, goal of destroying ISIS with a comprehensive campaign of several years. By setting the final goal as the destruction of ISIS, he has created high expectations for his and the next administration.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 10-16, 2014)

Issued on 17/12/2014 Type Article
One of the main events of the week was an incident in which an armed man (born in Iran, with a criminal record) took people hostage in a café in Sydney, Australia. Fighting in Iraq and Syria continued in the major battle zones without significant changes on the ground.
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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.