Al-Qaeda

The Campaign for Mosul: The Situation and Initial Assessment (As of the morning of October 27, 2016)

On October 17, 2016, Haidar al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, announced the beginning of a military campaign to liberate the large, important Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS’s main stronghold in Iraq. It was where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the founding of the Islamic Caliphate on June 4, 2014, which gave Mosul great symbolic value.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 10-27, 2016)

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
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Spotlight on Global Jihad* (September 29 – October 9, 2016)

The Syrian onslaught against rebel organizations in Aleppo continues, with massive Russian air support. The Syrian Army continues to gain achievements in the various battle zones in the city. At the same time, the humanitarian situation in Aleppo continues to deteriorate: there are many losses among the residents trapped in combat zones, and the civilian
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Spotlight on Iran* (September 25 – October 9, 2016)

Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, spoke at a ceremony held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hossein Hamedani, a senior official in the IRGC killed in Syria. He said the Iranians fighting in Syria defended not only Syria but Islam and the Islamic Republic. He added that the main
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22-28, 2016)

After the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, the Syrian air force, with Russian support, launched an intensive air attack on rebel-held residential areas in the eastern part of Aleppo. According to Syrian state TV, the Syrian army took control of the al-Farafirah neighborhood in the Old City (near the citadel). The rebel organizations, on
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Spotlight on Iran* (September 11 – September 25, 2016)

Senior Iranian officials accused the United States of responsibility for the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria. Jaberi Ansari, Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, visited Syria last week, where he met with President Assad and the leaders of Palestinian groups in Syria. Iran rejected Saudi Arabian accusations that it had sent arms to
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