The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 7-13, 2016)

Issued on 13/07/2016 Type Article
ISIS continues its terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare in Iraq against the regime, the Shiite community, and the security forces. While the Syrian regime declared a ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr, its forces launched an attack on the northern outskirts of Aleppo and on the vital traffic artery leading from the north into the city’s neighborhoods that are held by the rebel organizations.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 30 - July 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/07/2016 Type Article
This week, ISIS carried out a series of terror attacks in various places in and outside the Middle East, following the mass-killing attack at the international airport in Istanbul (45 fatalities so far). The most prominent of the terror attacks was a car bomb attack in a crowded shopping center in a Shiite neighborhood in the heart of Baghdad (250 fatalities so far). The wave of terror carried out by ISIS and its supporters is taking place concurrently with the increasing pressure on ISIS in its “core areas” in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 29 – July 5, 2016)

Issued on 05/07/2016 Type Article
On June 30 and July 1, 2016, towards the end of the Muslim religious month of Ramadan, there was series of stabbing and shooting attacks in which two Israelis were killed. As in the previous wave of terrorist attacks, the Hebron region was the focal point for attacks and a base for attackers.

Spotlight on Iran* (June 20 – July 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/07/2016 Type Article
The Iranian media reported that Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, had recently returned to southern Aleppo in the wake of intensified fighting. In a speech marking 40 days since the death of Hezbollah operative Mustafa Badr al-Din, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the organization received its funding from Iran, as it received the missiles it used to threaten Israel. In response, a spokesman for the IRGC said Iran's support for the struggle against Israel was not a secret.

The Liberation of Fallujah: What Next?

Issued on 30/06/2016 Type Article
On May 22, 2016, a campaign began to liberate the Iraqi city of Fallujah from ISIS. The fighting was led by the Iraqi security forces with the support of Sunni and Shi'ite militias and American-led coalition airstrikes. On June 17 Iraqi army forces took control of the center of the city and its government buildings. On June 25 the liberation of Fallujah was formally declared when Iraqi forces took control of the district of al-Julan in the northwestern part of the city (ISIS's last stronghold).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 23 - 29, 2016)

Issued on 29/06/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was the mass-killing attack carried out by three suicide bombers at the international airport in Istanbul. On the ground, ISIS continues to suffer blows in the areas under its territorial control in the various arenas. There are two other arenas where ISIS is facing a threat of losing important strongholds in the near future.
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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.