Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Iran* (November 20 – December 4, 2016)

Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said Iranian forces were not participating in the fighting in Mosul because the Shi’ite militias in Iraq did not need Iranian fighters. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, commander of the Iranian armed forces, said that in the future Iran might construct military bases along the Yemeni
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 24-30, 2016)

This week, Syrian Army forces with Russian air support continued to take over neighborhoods held by the rebel organizations in the northern part of east Aleppo. So far, they have taken more than a third of east Aleppo. There were no significant developments in the campaign for Mosul.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 23-29, 2016)

This past week there were two major attacks of Palestinian popular terrorism: Fires raged throughout Israel and the Benjamin and Judea districts for six days, causing substantial property damage and destroying extensive wooded areas. The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent eight fire engines and 41 firemen to help put out the blazes. According to initial and
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 17-23, 2016)

More than a month after the beginning of the campaign for Mosul. The Iraqi army advances slowly in the eastern neighborhoods of the city and toward the airport south of Mosul, facing fierce resistance on the part of ISIS. The Shiite militias and an Iraqi army force have taken over the airport of the city
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 16 – 22, 2016)

This past week Palestinian popular terrorism continued, including an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandia crossing (north of Jerusalem). A Palestinian terrorist tried to stab a security guard and struggled with him. He was shot and killed. Palestinians continued throwing stones at Israeli vehicles and at the Israeli security forces. The Hamas security forces detained
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Initial Reactions in Iran to the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States – Dr. Raz Zimmt

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States was received in Iran with great surprise. Senior Iranian officials, among them Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, reacted with care and restraint in their initial references to his victory, claiming Iran was not worried but rather prepared to cope with any possible challenge. However, they
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