Al-Qaeda

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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Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

Iran strongly condemned the American missile attack on Syria. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called the American attack on Syria a “strategic mistake. At the beginning of April, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, visited northern Iraq.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 6-19, 2017)

On April 12, 2017, talks were held in Moscow between US Secretary of State Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Lavrov and President Putin. The use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian regime and the firing of the American cruise missiles in response did not lead to significant changes in the situation on the
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 26 – April 9, 2017)

During the past two weeks at least eight Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in the region of Hama. Iran condemned the chemical weapons attack on Idlib, Syria. A senior Iranian foreign ministry official, interviewed by an Iranian diplomatic website, said Iran did not have a Syrian exit strategy.
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