The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

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

Issued on 18/03/2014 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the latest round of escalation in Israel's south, the most serious since Operation Pillar of Defense (November 2012). A massive barrage of rockets and mortar shells was fired, mostly by the PIJ. This past week Mahmoud Abbas met with Barack Obama in the White House. Spokesmen for Mahmoud Abbas said that no official version of the framework for an agreement had been presented at the meeting, only a number of ideas.
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Shi'ite Foreign Fighters in Syria

Issued on 18/03/2014 Type Article
This study examines the presence of Shi'ite foreign fighters operating in support of the Syrian regime. Their numbers are increasing, and in our assessment today there are at least 7,000-8,000, including several thousand Hezbollah fighters.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 5 –11, 2014)

Issued on 11/03/2014 Type Article
This past week events centered on the Israeli interception of the commercial vessel Klos-C, dispatched by Iran. No rocket hits were identified in Israeli's south this past week. In Judea and Samaria "popular resistance" violence continued.
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Violence and Terrorism in Judea and Samaria, 2013: Data, Characteristics and Trends

Issued on 26/02/2014 Type Article
In 2013 there was a significant increase in the scope of violence and terrorism in Judea, Samaria and the Jerusalem area. According to data from the Israel Security Agency (ISA), in 2013 there were 1,271 terrorist attacks, as compared with 578 in 2012 (a year in which violence and terrorism also increased).
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Sheikh Sami al-Uraydi: Portrait of a Jordanian cleric who serves as a senior religious authority for the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch.

Issued on 24/02/2014 Type Article
Sheikh Dr. Sami al-Uraydi, aka Abu Mahmud al-Shami, is a Jordanian cleric and a senior religious authority of the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
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The Al-Nusra Front recently carried out a suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, using a British foreign fighter.

Issued on 19/02/2014 Type Article
The Al-Nusra Front recently carried out a suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, using a British foreign fighter. Using foreign fighters for suicide bombing attacks is a widespread Al-Nusra Front modus operandi.
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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.