The Global Jihad / Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Iran* (January 15 - 29, 2017)

Issued on 29/01/2017 Type Article
The Astana talks on the future of Syria ended on January 24, 2017. Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a joint mechanism to oversee the Syrian ceasefire. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry denied claims made at the UN by the Israeli ambassador that Iran was using commercial Mahan Air flights to transfer weapons to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon. He claimed Hezbollah did not need Iranian arms because it supplied all of its own needs. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, international affairs advisor to the speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament), met in Tehran with Khaled Qaddoumi, Hamas representative in Iran, and assured him that Iran's support for the Palestinians was the focus of Iranian policy.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 19-25, 2017)

Issued on 25/01/2017 Type Article
In spite of the ceasefire in Syria, and despite the Kazakhstan talks, fighting continued in two main sites: the Wadi Barada area,; and Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. So far, neither side has gained the upper hand in these two sites. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over the east of the city, apart from a few neighborhoods. In Libya, US aircraft attacked two ISIS camps southwest of Sirte, where ISIS operatives who fled Sirte were staying.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 12-18, 2017)

Issued on 18/01/2017 Type Article
Fighting continues in Syria, although the ceasefire is formally still in force. Confrontations in two sites were prominent this week: in the area of Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus. In Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over neighborhoods along the Tigris River and the Mosul University, in the northeast.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 5-11, 2017)

Issued on 11/01/2017 Type Article
The ceasefire is still in force, with the exception of several sites where fighting continues. The most prominent of these sites is the Wadi Barada area, northwest of Damascus.הIn Mosul, the Iraqi forces had several successes. ISIS continues to call on its supporters around the world to carry out terrorist attacks.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 4-10, 2017)

Issued on 10/01/2017 Type Article
At the focus of terrorist events this past week was a vehicular attack on the promenade in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem, carried out with a truck. Four IDF officers were killed. The terrorist was shot and killed. The Palestinian Authority and Fatah, which support the "popular resistance," of which vehicular attacks are considered a legitimate part, avoided condemning the attack or responding to it.
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Vehicular Attack in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem

Issued on 09/01/2017 Type Article
On January 8, 2017, a Palestinian terrorist from Jabel Mukaber used a heavy truck to for a vehicular attack against a group of Israeli soldiers. It was carried out on the promenade in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. He was shot and killed. Four Israeli soldiers were killed.
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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.