Al-Qaeda

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 12 – 18, 2014)

This past week terrorist events focused on the latest round of escalation in Israel’s south, the most serious since Operation Pillar of Defense (November 2012). A massive barrage of rockets and mortar shells was fired, mostly by the PIJ. This past week Mahmoud Abbas met with Barack Obama in the White House. Spokesmen for Mahmoud
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Shi’ite Foreign Fighters in Syria

This study examines the presence of Shi’ite foreign fighters operating in support of the Syrian regime. Their numbers are increasing, and in our assessment today there are at least 7,000-8,000, including several thousand Hezbollah fighters.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 5 –11, 2014)

This past week events centered on the Israeli interception of the commercial vessel Klos-C, dispatched by Iran. No rocket hits were identified in Israeli’s south this past week. In Judea and Samaria “popular resistance” violence continued.
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Violence and Terrorism in Judea and Samaria, 2013: Data, Characteristics and Trends

In 2013 there was a significant increase in the scope of violence and terrorism in Judea, Samaria and the Jerusalem area. According to data from the Israel Security Agency (ISA), in 2013 there were 1,271 terrorist attacks, as compared with 578 in 2012 (a year in which violence and terrorism also increased).
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Sheikh Sami al-Uraydi: Portrait of a Jordanian cleric who serves as a senior religious authority for the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch.

Sheikh Dr. Sami al-Uraydi, aka Abu Mahmud al-Shami, is a Jordanian cleric and a senior religious authority of the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
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The Al-Nusra Front recently carried out a suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, using a British foreign fighter.

The Al-Nusra Front recently carried out a suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, using a British foreign fighter. Using foreign fighters for suicide bombing attacks is a widespread Al-Nusra Front modus operandi.
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