The West

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 15-21, 2016)

Issued on 21/12/2016 Type Article
Two mass-casualty terrorist attacks, in Jordan and Germany, were the most prominent this week. In Germany, twelve people were killed in a vehicular attack at a Christmas market in downtown Berlin. In Jordan, ten people (civilians and security personnel) were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. This week, civilians and rebel organization operatives were evacuated from east Aleppo.

The Repercussions of Losing the Sirte Region on ISIS’s Position in Libya and the Nature of the Islamic State (Preliminary Assessment)

Issued on 19/12/2016 Type Article
On December 5, 2016, after battles which lasted for seven months, the takeover of Sirte, ISIS’s “capital” in Libya (and a prominent stronghold in the entire North Africa), was finally completed. Faiz al-Saraj, the head of the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord, officially announced on December 17 the termination of military activity in Sirte and its liberation from ISIS. The forces of the Government of National Accord, based on the Islamic militia “Libyan Dawn,” took over Sirte and ISIS’s territory of control in the region.

Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe.

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Following the campaign for Mosul, ISIS has been highly motivated to carry out terrorist attacks around the globe. Despite several "successes," so far ISIS has not succeeded in creating a chain reaction of attacks that would detract attention from its growing difficulties in Iraq and Syria.

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.

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.

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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