The West

UNRWA announced the suspension of Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, chairman of the UNRWA staff union in the Gaza Strip, after his election to Hamas' political bureau. In 2011 he was also suspended by UNRWA for his affiliation with Hamas, but remained in his position.

Issued on 27/02/2017 Type Article
Chris Guinness, UNRWA spokesman in the Gaza Strip, stated that the agency had decided to suspend Suhail al-Hindi from his position. He said that in view of an internal investigation during which "substantial information" had been presented from several sources, the decision was taken on February 26, 2017, "to suspend Suhail al-Hindi, pending the outcome of (the) investigation" (Jerusalem Post, February 26, 2017).

Spotlight on Iran* (February 12-26, 2017)

Issued on 26/02/2017 Type Article
During the second half of February 2017, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, paid a visit to Moscow. Tension has surfaced between Iran and Turkey. Na'im Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary general, said his organization was proud of its relations with Iran, and called on other regional countries to strengthen their relations with Iran which, he claimed, had changed the face of the Middle East.

Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, Chairman of the UNRWA Staff Union in the Gaza Strip and Boys' Elementary School Principal, Is Elected to Hamas' New Gaza Political Bureau

Issued on 23/02/2017 Type Article
Elections were recently held for Hamas' political bureau in the Gaza Strip, the movement's supreme institution in Gaza. Fifteen members were elected, headed by Yahya Sinwar. It has a large number of members affiliated with Hamas' military wing and is dominated by members who hold extremist views.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 16-22, 2017)

Issued on 22/02/2017 Type Article
On February 19, 2017, the Iraqi forces, with US and coalition air support, opened the offensive to liberate west Mosul. The Iraqi forces opened the attack on Mosul’s western and southern outskirts. In the city of Al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo, fighting continues.

Turkey strives to create a "safe zone" along its border with Syria after the liberation of al-Bab, seeking support from President Donald Trump.

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
After having liberated the rural area around al-Bab and encircled the city, on February 11, 2017, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army initiated an attack to take control of the city. The attacking forces occupied the western part of the city (about 40% of its total area). They are removing mines and IEDs from the city streets and advancing towards the city center, which is still under ISIS control. ISIS is showing fierce resistance, but apparently the fall of al-Bab is close.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 9-15, 2017, 2017)

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
Free Syrian Army forces entered the city of Al-Bab, in cooperation with the Turkish Army. In the city of Daraa in southern Syria, several rebel organizations, including the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, launched an attack against Syrian Army strongholds in the Manshiya neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its preparations to take over the western part of the city of Mosul.
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