Iraq

Spotlight on Iran* (June 4 – 18, 2017)

Issued on 18/06/2017 Type Article
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 the attacks. The Iranian media reported that fighters of the Fatemiyoun Brigade (Afghans operating under the aegis of the IRGC in Syria) had recently arrived at the Syria-Iraq border.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 2-7, 2017)

Issued on 07/06/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was a combined vehicular and stabbing attack on London Bridge, for which ISIS claimed responsibility. On the ground, pressure on ISIS is increasing: Syria: on June 6, 2017, SDF forces began an attack on the city of Al-Raqqah, with Coalition air support. It is worth noting the increasing “competition” between the various international, regional and local forces to demonstrate their presence along the Syrian-Iraqi border (from a strategic perspective with regard to the importance of controlling the border area after the fall of Mosul and Al-Raqqah).
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 25-June 1, 2017)

Issued on 01/06/2017 Type Article
ISIS continues to face mounting pressure in Iraq and Syria: Iraq: The battle for the takeover of Mosul is nearing its final stages. Syria: The siege on the “capital city” Al-Raqqah is growing tighter, leaving ISIS operatives with only one remaining escape route to the south, apparently with permission from the SDF. The heavy losses that ISIS continues to sustain affect its operational and media systems, among other things.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 18-24, 2017)

Issued on 24/05/2017 Type Article
The main event of the week was the US airstrike on a Syrian mechanized force advancing towards the Al-Tanf border crossing in the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi tri-border area. The airstrike led to media confrontations between the US and Russia. However, when the dust settled, senior officials from both armies began to discuss the question of how to prevent friction between Russia and the US in eastern Syria. In Manchester, Great Britain, a terrorist attack was carried out following an American pop singer’s performance, leaving 22 people dead and about 60 wounded.
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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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