Iraq

Spotlight on Iran* (May 7 – 21, 2017)

Issued on 21/05/2017 Type Article
A commander of an IRGC brigade spoke in an interview about the IRGC's activities in Syria. An article published by the Iranian Diplomacy website claimed that Iran had no choice but to recognize the seniority of Russia's role in Syria and rely on Moscow to protect its interests in Syria.
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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calls on his followers in al-Sham (greater Syria) to abandon the concept of territorial control and concentrate on guerilla warfare, joined by other Muslims around the globe

Issued on 30/04/2017 Type Article
On April 23, 2017, a speech recorded by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was issued. It was entitled "Al-Sham (greater Syria) will not surrender (to anyone) but Allah." It was produced by al-Sahab (al-Qaeda's "Foundation for Islamic Media Publication") and uploaded to YouTube.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 20-26, 2017)

Issued on 26/04/2017 Type Article
This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in the various fighting zones in Syria and Iraq. ISIS and its supporters continue their efforts to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, as a means of deterrence and in order to divert the attention of the coalition that is fighting against it.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Issued on 23/04/2017 Type Article
Iran strongly condemned the American missile attack on Syria. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called the American attack on Syria a "strategic mistake. At the beginning of April, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, visited northern Iraq.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 23-29, 2017)

Issued on 29/03/2017 Type Article
In Al-Raqqah and Mosul, ISIS continues to lose territory and undergoes increasing pressure. In Al-Raqqah:, the SDF forces, with US support, took over the Tabqa Dam, which supplies electricity and water to most of the residents in the Euphrates Basin. In Mosul: The attacking forces continue to take over neighborhoods in the center of Mosul’s western part. In addition, areas northwest of Mosul were taken over from ISIS, including one of the dams on the Tigris River. The attacks initiated by the rebel organizations, mainly the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham lost their momentum this week.
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 12 – 26, 2017)

Issued on 26/03/2017 Type Article
The political deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected reports that Iran was planning to construct a naval base in Latakia, Syria. Mahmoud Alavi, Iranian minister of intelligence, said Iran had sent equipment to Syria to collect information about terrorists operating in the country. Iran strongly condemned the Israeli attack in Syria on the night of March 17, 2017.
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