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.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 10-16, 2016)

Issued on 16/11/2016 Type Article
The Iraqi army has taken over some of the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul. The Iraqi army is cleansing the rural area south of Mosul. The Shiite militias continue to advance toward Tal Afar, west of Mosul. ISIS continues its terrorist attacks on Iraqi cities, especially against Shiite targets and against the Iraqi regime. In Aleppo, the Syrian forces, with Russian air support, managed to retake most of the western neighborhoods taken over by the rebels.

Spotlight on Iran* (October 23 – November 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/11/2016 Type Article
Four Iranians, two of them high-ranking officers, were killed by rebels in Syria. They died during the attack begun by Syrian rebel organizations in Aleppo aimed at breaking the Syrian forces' siege of the city's eastern neighborhoods. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria, said he was particularly proud of the Iranian martyrs killed while defending Shi'ite shrines in Syria.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 17 – 23, 2016)

Issued on 23/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the current intensive Palestinian terrorist campaign continued. Stabbing attacks were again prominent in various locations in Judea and Samaria. Some of them were carried out by adolescents 14 to 16 years old. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah continue supporting the terrorist campaign in various ways.
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Information on Turkey
Since the Islamic party won the 2008 elections in Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became prime minister, Turkey's regional foreign policy has become assertive and reflects a sense of self confidence and self-importance. Turkey seeks to strengthen its relations with its neighbors, especially Iran, Iraq and Syria to provide itself with strategic depth and to gain regional influence. Turkey exploits regional instability, which it perceives as an opportunity to advance its interests and increase its influence.
Turkey uses of NGOs to promote its interests. One of those is IHH, a radical Islamist organization which regards the support of Turkish policy as one of its functions. IHH is an active participant in the convoys and flotillas to the Gaza Strip and provides support for Hamas. The organization receives logistic support from the government of Turkey as well as political protection.
Under Erdogan, Turkey gradually changed its relations with Israel, siding more and more with the Palestinians in their anti-Israeli campaign. The government of Turkey gives Hamas financial and other support and on several occasions Erdogan has denounced Israeli policy.
The worst crisis in relations between Israel and Turkey resulted from the events of the Mavi Marmara flotilla, during which nine Turkish nationals, IHH operatives, were killed. The IHH operatives aboard the Mavi Marmara employed extreme violence to counter the attempts of the Israeli Navy to prevent the flotilla from entering the Gaza port. Following the incident Turkey downgraded its diplomatic and military relations with Israel, while economic relations remained virtually intact.