Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 10 – 16, 2017)

Syria - the fighting in Al-Raqqah is still bogged down, and the SDF forces are encountering fierce resistance. Iraq - the campaign to take over the city of Tal Afar from ISIS began, with the participation of the Iraqi army and the Iranian-affiliated Shiite militias (“the Popular Resistance”).
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Spotlight on Iran (July 30 – August 13, 2017)

A bloody week for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces (IRGC) in Syria. Iran is clearly concerned with the improvement in relations between Saudi Arabia and the Baghdad. Hamas-Iran ties continue to improve.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 3-9, 2017)

The Syrian forces continued to advance towards Deir ez-Zor. The SDF forces are encountering difficulties in Al-Raqqah. Iraq: Iraqi forces and Shiite militias are preparing to take over the ISIS enclave in Tal Afar, some 70 km west of Mosul. In view of the “success” (from ISIS’s perspective) of the attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, ISIS called on its supporters to attack the embassies and diplomatic corps of the “infidel countries” around the world.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 27 – August 2, 2017)

This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Syria – the campaign for the takeover of Al-Raqqah is still bogged down, in light of the persistent fighting by ISIS operatives. Iraq – the humanitarian situation in Mosul continues to be grave, and most of the residents who fled have
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Spotlight on Iran* (July 16 – 30, 2017)

Iran continues to react with restraint regarding the ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia. Iran has increased pressure on the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq. Given the tension on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Iranian regime issued an announcement condemning Israel’s actions in Jerusalem.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 20-26, 2017)

As part of the implementation of the de-escalation agreement, Russian military police arrived in southern Syria to serve as a separation force between the Syrian forces and the rebel organizations. In Al-Raqqah, fighting is proceeding slowly in view of ISIS’s persistent fighting. In the Idlib area, the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (formerly the
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Syria

Syria is a central factor in the Arab-Israeli conflict and has been in conflict with the State of Israel since its establishment. Syria’s basic position rejects the Zionist idea and views the State of Israel as a foreign element that must be uprooted. Since its establishment, Syria has led the political and military struggle against pre-state Israel and the State of Israel. Syria is demanding that Israel give up its control over an area of about 1,200 square kilometers in the Golan Heights, which was occupied by Israel in 1967. In view of its profound hostility to Israel, Syria has supported the Palestinian terrorist organizations and Hezbollah for many years. Syria was designated as a terrorism-supporting state by the US State Department back in 1979.  

Despite repeated attempts since the early 1990s to reach a peace agreement with Syria, an official state of war still exists between it and Israel. These relations have been influenced by the involvement of elements such as the Soviet Union and Iran, Syria’s relations with other Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon) and its relations with the Palestinians. These relations have also been influenced by the fact that Syria perceives Israel’s territory as part of what it calls Greater Syria.

Since early 2011, there has been a civil war in Syria between President Bashar Assad and the forces loyal to him, and rebel organizations with various ideologies and political orientation. The civil war has led to the destruction of the country’s infrastructure, the removal of Syria from the Arab League, and tension in its relations with Sunni countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey). Syria’s relations with the United States and Western countries have also deteriorated. On the other hand, the Syrian regime is supported by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, and by Shiite militias supported by Iran.