The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

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

Issued on 13/01/2016 Type Article
In Syria, there were no significant changes on the ground this week. In Iraq, the security forces continue to cleanse the city of Ramadi, which they do not yet fully control. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Iraq this week. In the face of the pressures put on it, ISIS continues to carry out terrorist attacks. In Baghdad, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack at a mall located in the east of the city, during which dozens of hostages were taken (and were later released by the Iraqi anti-terrorism force).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 31, 2015 – January 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/01/2016 Type Article
This week, ISIS continued to withstand severe pressure exerted on it on various fronts in Iraq and in Syria: the Iraqi Army continued its cleansing of the city of Ramadi and its environs; the Syrian Army is approaching the important city of Al-Bab (northeast of Aleppo) and the city of Al-Qaryatayn, southeast of Homs. While suffering blows in Iraq and Syria, ISIS continues to expand in Libya.

The Liberation of Ramadi: The situation on the ground and significance

Issued on 04/01/2016 Type Article
On December 28, 2015, after seven days of fighting against ISIS operatives, the Iraqi army, with air support from the United States and the coalition, took over the center of the city of Ramadi where the governmental buildings are located. So far the Iraqi army has apparently taken control most of the city (about 70%-80%).

Spotlight on Iran (December 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/01/2016 Type Article
Iran condemned the killing of Samir Kuntar near Damascus, calling it "governmental terrorism" carried out by the "Zionist regime." Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces in Syria continue to suffer heavy losses. Senior Iranian officials continue denying reports that the IRGC is reducing its numbers in Syria, stressing Iran's commitment to support the Syrian regime.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 23 – 29, 2015)

Issued on 29/12/2015 Type Article
This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued with stabbing and vehicular attacks in Judea, Samaria and the city of Jerusalem (which remains a focal point for stabbing attacks). Notable this past week was the exposure of a large Hamas terrorist network in the region of Abu Dis (near Jerusalem), handled and directed by operatives of Hamas' military-terrorist wing in the Gaza Strip.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 17 – 23, 2015)

Issued on 23/12/2015 Type Article
On December 22, 2015, the Iraqi Army, assisted by Shiite militias and Sunni tribesmen, and with air support from the US-led coalition, began a military attack to liberate the city of Ramadi. If the Iraqi forces manage to liberate the city of Ramadi, it will be the most notable setback suffered by ISIS in Iraq since the pinnacle of its achievements in the summer of 2014. Saudi Arabia has announced the establishment of an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, comprising 35 Sunni Muslim countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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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.