The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 3-9, 2016)

Issued on 09/03/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria, which came into effect on the night of February 26-27, resulted in a significant decrease in the intensity of the clashes in the areas where it is applied. Under cover of the ceasefire and with Russian air support, the Syrian Army carried out an attack on the city of Palmyra (east of Homs), which has been controlled by ISIS since May 2015. Thus, ISIS is subject to increasing pressure on the core of its control areas in northeastern Syria from the Syrian Army (from the south and the east) and from the Kurdish forces (from the north and the northeast).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 2 – 8, 2016)

Issued on 08/03/2016 Type Article
This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued, with varying degrees of intensity. Palestinians carried out stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks at Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Gush Etzion Junction (both focal points for terrorist attacks), the Jordan Valley and Samaria. The Egyptian regime continues claiming Hamas is involved in supporting terrorism and subversion in Egypt.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 25 – March 2, 2016)

Issued on 02/03/2016 Type Article
The ceasefire in Syria between the Syrian regime and the non-jihadi (so-called moderate) rebel organizations, validated by a UN Security Council resolution, came into effect on the night of February 26-27, 2016. In the following days, there was a marked decline in the intensity of the fighting in the areas where the agreement is supposed to apply. However, in vast regions where ISIS operates in eastern and northern Syria, fighting continued
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 18-24, 2016)

Issued on 24/02/2016 Type Article
The United States and Russia announced that a cessation of hostilities agreement has been reached and is expected to come into force on February 27, 2016, at 00:00. The agreement is designed, among other things, to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian aid to the population trapped in the various combat zones in Syria. In the meantime, ISIS has carried out a number of attacks designed to “signal” its opposition to the agreement being formulated, fan the inter-sectarian tension in Syria, and demonstrate its ability to deal painful blows to the Syrian regime.
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 31 – February 14, 2016)

Issued on 14/02/2016 Type Article
Dozens of Iranians, including high-ranking officers, were killed in a ground offensive waged by Syrian regime supporters in the northern part of the city of Aleppo. After Saudi Arabia announced it was prepared to send military forces to Syria, senior Iranian officials warned the Saudi authorities not to carry out their intentions. The Iranian foreign ministry denied a report issued by a human rights organization claiming that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had recruited willing and unwilling Afghan refugees living in Iran to fight in the war in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 4-10, 2016)

Issued on 10/02/2016 Type Article
The main development of the week was the offensive by the Syrian Army, in the area north of Aleppo, which began on the day the Geneva III Conference started. At this point, the Syrian Army has enjoyed successes at the operative level, particularly the liberation of the besieged Shiite towns of Nubl and Zahraa, and cutting off the rebel organizations’ supply routes to and from Turkey. The developments on the ground are a blow to the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch 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.