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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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Spotlight on Iran* (October 23 – November 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/11/2016 Type Article
Four Iranians, two of them high-ranking officers, were killed by rebels in Syria. They died during the attack begun by Syrian rebel organizations in Aleppo aimed at breaking the Syrian forces' siege of the city's eastern neighborhoods. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria, said he was particularly proud of the Iranian martyrs killed while defending Shi'ite shrines in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 10-27, 2016)

Issued on 27/10/2016 Type Article
October 17, 2016, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the beginning of a military operation to take over Mosul. The city of Mosul, ISIS's main stronghold where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate (June 4, 2014), is of symbolic value. The operation is led by the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with the assistance of Shiite militias (under Iranian influence) and Sunni tribesmen. The attacking forces receive air support from the United States and the coalition countries. The attack on Mosul was carried out from the south and the east, and subsequently also from the north.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 1-7, 2016)

Issued on 07/09/2016 Type Article
The Turkish Army and rebel organizations have finished cleansing an area about 52 km long along the Syrian-Turkish border. In southern Aleppo, the Syrian Army and the forces that support it managed to take over the military college compound. While ISIS is losing territory in Syria and Iraq, it is stepping up its efforts to carry out acts of terrorism and guerrilla.
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