Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 25-June 1, 2017)

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
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 18-24, 2017)

The main event of the week was the US airstrike on a Syrian mechanized force advancing towards the Al-Tanf border crossing in the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi tri-border area. The airstrike led to media confrontations between the US and Russia. However, when the dust settled, senior officials from both armies began to discuss the question of how to
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 11-17, 2017)

The ceasefire which entered into effect on May 6, 2017, in four regions is usually observed. According to the UN envoy to Syria, there are talks between Syria and the United States about the expansion of the safe zones. The pressure on ISIS increases in Iraq and Syria, and the territory under its control is
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 27-May 10, 2017)

This week, a new ceasefire initiated by Russia entered into effect, with the participation of Iran and Turkey. The SDF forces took over the city of Tabqa from ISIS, as well as several additional villages and towns in the Al-Raqqah area. The siege on Al-Raqqah is growing tighter. In the Sinai Peninsula, the confrontation between
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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calls on his followers in al-Sham (greater Syria) to abandon the concept of territorial control and concentrate on guerilla warfare, joined by other Muslims around the globe

On April 23, 2017, a speech recorded by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was issued. It was entitled “Al-Sham (greater Syria) will not surrender (to anyone) but Allah.” It was produced by al-Sahab (al-Qaeda’s “Foundation for Islamic Media Publication”) and uploaded to YouTube.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 20-26, 2017)

This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in the various fighting zones in Syria and Iraq. ISIS and its supporters continue their efforts to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, as a means of deterrence and in order to divert the attention of the coalition that is fighting against it.
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