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Spotlight on Iran * (February 28 – March 13, 2016)

Issued on 13/03/2016 Type Article
At least three Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and several more Shi'ite foreign fighters were killed in Syria. The deputy chairman of the Iranian Martyrs Foundation said the foundation provided for more than 80% of the families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria. Senior Palestinian officials were critical of the Iran announcement of its intention to transfer funds to the families of Palestinian shaheeds and families whose houses had been destroyed by Israel.

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).

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

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.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 11-18, 2016)

Issued on 17/02/2016 Type Article
This week, the Syrian Army continued its attack north of Aleppo, with intensive Russian air support. The Kurds’ achievements gave rise to concern among the Turks. The Turkish Army fired artillery at the Kurdish forces during the attack on Tall Rifat.

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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