The West

ISIS: An Overview and Future Trends*

Issued on 20/07/2016 Type Article
A year ago I gave a presentation at the First International Intelligence & Special Forces Conference about the campaign conducted by the United States and the international coalition against ISIS. My bottom line was that the campaign had not yet succeeded in reducing ISIS's military and governance capabilities, and that the organization was getting stronger.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 7-13, 2016)

Issued on 13/07/2016 Type Article
ISIS continues its terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare in Iraq against the regime, the Shiite community, and the security forces. While the Syrian regime declared a ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr, its forces launched an attack on the northern outskirts of Aleppo and on the vital traffic artery leading from the north into the city’s neighborhoods that are held by the rebel organizations.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 30 - July 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/07/2016 Type Article
This week, ISIS carried out a series of terror attacks in various places in and outside the Middle East, following the mass-killing attack at the international airport in Istanbul (45 fatalities so far). The most prominent of the terror attacks was a car bomb attack in a crowded shopping center in a Shiite neighborhood in the heart of Baghdad (250 fatalities so far). The wave of terror carried out by ISIS and its supporters is taking place concurrently with the increasing pressure on ISIS in its “core areas” in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 23 - 29, 2016)

Issued on 29/06/2016 Type Article
The main event of the week was the mass-killing attack carried out by three suicide bombers at the international airport in Istanbul. On the ground, ISIS continues to suffer blows in the areas under its territorial control in the various arenas. There are two other arenas where ISIS is facing a threat of losing important strongholds in the near future.

Offensive against the Syrian City of Manbij May Be the Beginning of a Campaign to Liberate the Area near the Syrian-Turkish Border from ISIS

Issued on 22/06/2016 Type Article
On May 31, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-dominated military alliance supported by the United States, initiated a campaign to liberate the northern Syrian city of Manbij from ISIS. Manbij lies west of the Euphrates, about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) south of the Syrian-Turkish border.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 16 - 22, 2016)

Issued on 22/06/2016 Type Article
This week as well, attacks on major cities controlled by ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Libya continued. On these three fronts, ISIS now faces the possibility of losing outposts of considerable importance in both military terms and in terms of public relations. In order to alleviate the severe pressure that ISIS is under, and in light of the major impact of the terrorist attacks in the US and France, ISIS has launched a media campaign calling on Muslims worldwide to carry out terrorist attacks.
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