Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 15-21, 2017)

Issued on 21/06/2017 Type Article
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 forces supported by the US and the Coalition and those supported by Russia and Iran. This week, an Iraqi force took over the Al-Waleed border crossing, In response to ISIS’s attacks in the Majles building and the Khomeini Tomb, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched six medium-range surface-to-surface missiles at ISIS targets in the area of Deir ez-Zor.
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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 8-14, 2017)

Issued on 14/06/2017 Type Article
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 for control is increasing between the US and the rebel organizations that it supports on the one hand, and the Syrian regime and its allies on the other.
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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 Iran* (May 21 – June 4, 2017)

Issued on 04/06/2017 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials responded to remarks made by Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia by rejecting his claims about Iranian support for terrorism. Iran and Russia continue coordinating the military campaign in Syria. The Russian ambassador to Tehran told that Russia was satisfied with Iranian-Russian cooperation in Syria. He added that Russia was convinced the Syrian crisis could not be resolved without Iranian involvement. New photos circulated on the social networks showing Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, with Iraqi Shi'ite militia fighters on the Syria-Iraq border.
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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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