The West

The Campaign West of the Euphrates: Analysis of Turkish Army and Rebel Organizations' Capture of Jarabulus (Initial assessment, morning of August 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/08/2016 Type Article
On August 24, 2016, the city Jarabulus, located near the Turkish border, was captured from ISIS by Turkish army armored and special forces along with Syrian rebel organizations. From the Turkish perspective, the objective of the so-called Operation Euphrates Shield was to repel ISIS from proximity to its border and prevent the Kurdish forces from making additional gains west of the Euphrates. The ISIS operatives in Jarabulus did not put up significant resistance and retreated from the city to the organization's strongholds in al-Bab and Tabqa.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 18-24, 2016)

Issued on 24/08/2016 Type Article
This week, the fighting in Syria was concentrated in and around the city of Aleppo and in the area west of the Euphrates River, near the Syrian-Turkish border In Aleppo, the rebel organizations (led by the Fateh al-Sham Front) managed to fend off attacks by the Syrian Army and maintain the logistical corridor in the south of the city. In the area west of the Euphrates River, the collapse of ISIS’s strongholds continues: on August 24, a Turkish military force along with rebel forces captured the city of Jarabulus, near the Syrian-Turkish border.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 11-17, 2016)

Issued on 17/08/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was the liberation of the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, near the Syrian-Turkish border. In the Aleppo region, the Syrian forces, with Russian air support, failed in their attempt to retake the logistics corridor that the rebel organizations had managed to open in the southern part of the city.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 4-10, 2016)

Issued on 10/08/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was the successful lifting of the siege on the city of Aleppo by the rebel organizations with which the Fateh al-Sham Front (formerly the Al-Nusra Front) collaborates. The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are gradually completing the takeover of the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, near the Turkish border.
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Analysis of ISIS-Inspired Terrorist Attacks in Western Countries

Issued on 09/08/2016 Type Article
For the past year ISIS and its supporters have waged a broad terrorist campaign against Western countries and Turkey. They have carried out attacks in airports, hotels, tourist centers, clubs, social institutions, mass-attendance events and more. The objective of the campaign is to terrify the West, deter Western governments from continuing their attacks on ISIS and cause economic damage.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 28 – August 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/08/2016 Type Article
The main event of this week was the campaign over the city of Aleppo, which is surrounded by the Syrian Army and its allies. On July 28, 2016, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria), announced the establishment of a new framework called the Fateh al-Sham Front. ISIS continued to carry out deadly terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare throughout Syria and Iraq.
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