Al-Qaeda

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 21 – 27, 2017)

This past week a rocket was fired into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip; a Salafi jihadist network claimed responsibility. This past week the Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing for tanker trucks carrying diesel fuel for the Gaza Strip power plant and the private sector. Palestinians continue to glorify shaheeds and prisoners who carried
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During diplomatic contacts with the Americans, the Palestinian Authority rejected demands to stop financial support for terrorist prisoners and the families of shaheeds

In recent diplomatic contacts between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United States, the Americans demanded the PA stop its financial support for terrorist prisoners, released terrorist prisoners and the families of shaheeds.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 15-21, 2017)

On the ground, the severe pressure on ISIS is mounting: In Mosul, the Iraqi army has entered the Old City,. In Al-Raqqah, the SDF forces have taken over several other neighborhoods in the east and west of the city. Along the Syrian-Iraqi border and in eastern Syria, the competition for control continues between the local
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 14 –20, 2017)

This past week Palestinian terrorist events focused on a simultaneous combined terrorist attack carried out at two locations in east Jerusalem (the Nablus Gate and the nearby Cave of Zedekiah). A Border Policewoman was killed. Hamas and the PFLP both reported that operatives affiliated with their movements had carried out the attack. ISIS issued a
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Spotlight on Iran* (June 4 – 18, 2017)

Senior Iranian officials expressed concern after several Arab states (led by Saudi Arabia) suspended relations with Qatar. Senior Iranian officials exploited ISIS’s twin terrorist attacks on the Iranian parliament building and the shrine of the Islamic Revolution founder’s grave to justify its military involvement in Iraq and Syria, and accused Saudi Arabia of responsibility for
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 8-14, 2017)

The main event of the week was a combined attack carried out by ISIS in Tehran against the Majles Building (the Iranian Parliament) and the Khomeini Mausoleum compound. The combined ISIS terrorist attack in Tehran is the first of its kind. ISIS is under severe pressure on the ground. Along the Syria-Iraq border, the competition
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Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda is a global Islamic terrorist organization founded by Palestinian terrorist operative Abdullah Azzam in 1988. Al-Qaeda originated in Afghanistan as an underground movement that operated against the Soviet occupation. Since its establishment, Al-Qaeda operated under the leadership and funding of Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda was officially defined as an organized entity in 1988 by its founder and first leader, Osama bin Laden. Since being defined as an organized entity, Al-Qaeda has become a global Islamic terrorist organization operating in many arenas around the world. Ideologically, Al-Qaeda relies on the Salafi school of Islam, viewing jihad as the personal duty of every Muslim.

Al-Qaeda does not operate in a clear hierarchical framework, but rather as a confederation of terrorist organizations that carry out the organization’s ideology and tactics. Osama bin Laden served as a source of inspiration and guidance for carrying out terrorist activity. The organization also provides various types of assistance and support to terrorist organizations that advocate global jihad around the world.

Al-Qaeda was behind a series of showcase attacks against the United States, the most prominent of which was the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda’s activities also included harming the civilian population and damaging the holy sites of various religions. After a prolonged manhunt, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US Army forces on May 2, 2011. He was replaced by his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian who was also one of the founders of Al-Qaeda.

In recent years, Al-Qaeda’s center of power in Afghanistan and Pakistan has grown weaker. At the same time, local networks affiliated with Al-Qaeda in various Muslim countries have grown stronger, including Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen; Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Fateh al-Sham Front in Syria.