The West

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

Issued on 13/01/2016 Type Article
In Syria, there were no significant changes on the ground this week. In Iraq, the security forces continue to cleanse the city of Ramadi, which they do not yet fully control. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Iraq this week. In the face of the pressures put on it, ISIS continues to carry out terrorist attacks. In Baghdad, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack at a mall located in the east of the city, during which dozens of hostages were taken (and were later released by the Iraqi anti-terrorism force).

The Liberation of Ramadi: The situation on the ground and significance

Issued on 04/01/2016 Type Article
On December 28, 2015, after seven days of fighting against ISIS operatives, the Iraqi army, with air support from the United States and the coalition, took over the center of the city of Ramadi where the governmental buildings are located. So far the Iraqi army has apparently taken control most of the city (about 70%-80%).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 24 – 30, 2015)

Issued on 30/12/2015 Type Article
After around seven days of fighting, the Iraqi Army took over most of the city of Ramadi. Although the next strategic target of the Iraqi Army, supported by the coalition, is the city of Mosul, ISIS’s territorial base in Iraq, there is still the need to cleanse Al-Ramadi and its surroundings and the whole Al-Anbar province from the presence of ISIS.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 10 – 16, 2015)

Issued on 16/12/2015 Type Article
This week there were no significant military changes on the ground in Syria and Iraq. The most prominent ISIS activity of the past week was a large-scale attack by suicide bombers, carried out with truck/car bombs or explosive belts in Iraq and Syria. This terrorist offensive, which is unusual in scope and carried by dozens of suicide bombers may, in the ITIC’s assessment, indicate that ISIS is in distress in the various battle zones, especially in Iraq.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 3-9, 2015)

Issued on 09/12/2015 Type Article
This week as well, ISIS in Iraq and Syria continued to withstand intensive airstrikes by the US and Russia, which were joined by Britain as well. This week, there were no significant changes in the various combat zones in Iraq and Syria. In San Bernardino, in the western US, a lethal attack (14 dead, 17 wounded) was carried out by a couple of Pakistani descent. In London, a stabbing attack was carried out on a train in an Underground station by a young man who called out, “This is for Syria."

Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 25 – December 2, 2015)

Issued on 02/12/2015 Type Article
This week as well, ISIS in Iraq and Syria continued to withstand intensive airstrikes by the US-led coalition and by Russian planes. At the same time, ISIS continues to initiate terrorist attacks outside Syria and Iraq, mainly in order to deter its enemies and ease the pressure on it.
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