Turkey

Turkey strives to create a "safe zone" along its border with Syria after the liberation of al-Bab, seeking support from President Donald Trump.

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
After having liberated the rural area around al-Bab and encircled the city, on February 11, 2017, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army initiated an attack to take control of the city. The attacking forces occupied the western part of the city (about 40% of its total area). They are removing mines and IEDs from the city streets and advancing towards the city center, which is still under ISIS control. ISIS is showing fierce resistance, but apparently the fall of al-Bab is close.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 9-15, 2017, 2017)

Issued on 15/02/2017 Type Article
Free Syrian Army forces entered the city of Al-Bab, in cooperation with the Turkish Army. In the city of Daraa in southern Syria, several rebel organizations, including the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, launched an attack against Syrian Army strongholds in the Manshiya neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its preparations to take over the western part of the city of Mosul.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 12-18, 2017)

Issued on 18/01/2017 Type Article
Fighting continues in Syria, although the ceasefire is formally still in force. Confrontations in two sites were prominent this week: in the area of Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus. In Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over neighborhoods along the Tigris River and the Mosul University, in the northeast.
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Iranian Concerns Grow Over Russia's Syrian Policies - By Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 09/01/2017 Type Article
Iranian newspapers recently published criticism of Russia and claimed its policies in Syria ignored vital Iranian interests. Iranian criticism of Russia is not new. Iran is deeply suspicious of Russia and its regional aspirations. However, the recent criticism in Tehran reflects growing Iranian suspicion, especially after Aleppo fell to the Syrian army forces and the ceasefire was brokered by Syria and Turkey without Iranian participation.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 29, 2016-January 4, 2017)

Issued on 04/01/2017 Type Article
This week, the ceasefire worked out by Russia and Turkey entered into effect in Syria. The ceasefire was intended as a preparatory stage for the talks on a political settlement which are due to be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The Fateh al-Sham Front and ISIS are not included in the ceasefire, which is its main weakness. ISIS continues its efforts to carry out showcase terrorist attacks in response to the pressure exerted on it.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 10-16, 2016)

Issued on 16/11/2016 Type Article
The Iraqi army has taken over some of the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul. The Iraqi army is cleansing the rural area south of Mosul. The Shiite militias continue to advance toward Tal Afar, west of Mosul. ISIS continues its terrorist attacks on Iraqi cities, especially against Shiite targets and against the Iraqi regime. In Aleppo, the Syrian forces, with Russian air support, managed to retake most of the western neighborhoods taken over by the rebels.
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