The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Iran* (December 4 – 18, 2016)

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Iran welcomed the fall of the Syrian city of Aleppo to the forces of President Bashar Assad. The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared the liberation of Aleppo was the first step in the victory of "the army of Islam" against the West, and said he hoped that in the near future Mosul in Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain would also be liberated.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 8-14, 2016)

Issued on 14/12/2016 Type Article
The Syrian forces, with Russian air support, are gradually completing the takeover of east Aleppo from the rebel organizations. The rebel forces collapsed, even though they are still holding on to a small territory in the middle of the city.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 7- 13, 2016)

Issued on 13/12/2016 Type Article
This past week Palestinians attempted to carry out two terrorist attacks (a vehicular attack and a stabbing attack). Popular terrorism continued unabated in Judea and Samaria with the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails. With the growing tension in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and the Salafi jihadist organizations, Hamas sources revealed that in recent weeks they had detained about 350 operatives.
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The ISIS Branch in Yemen and Its Role in the Power Struggles

Issued on 11/12/2016 Type Article
Yemen lies at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Its population is estimated at more than 26 million, two thirds of which are Sunni Muslims, and one third Shi'ite-Yazidis. Yemen has disintegrated as a state, has no effective, stable central administration and is governed by armed tribal-like organizations.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 1-7, 2016)

Issued on 07/12/2016 Type Article
The Libyan Government of National Accord announced that the Sirte had been liberated although sporadic exchanges of fire still continue. In Aleppo, the Syrian forces continued to retake additional neighborhoods, in the southeastern part of the city. No significant progress has been achieved this week in the campaign for Mosul, due to ISIS’s stubborn.
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Spotlight on Iran* (November 20 – December 4, 2016)

Issued on 04/12/2016 Type Article
Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said Iranian forces were not participating in the fighting in Mosul because the Shi'ite militias in Iraq did not need Iranian fighters. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, commander of the Iranian armed forces, said that in the future Iran might construct military bases along the Yemeni or Syrian coast to increase its naval capabilities in foreign waters. During the past two weeks three IRGC fighters were killed in combat in Syria.
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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.