Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda’s Repudiation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria – Overview and Implications

On February 3, 2014, Islamist forums posted an announcement on behalf of the General Command of Al-Qaeda, led by Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri.
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Using suicide bombers as weapons

Using suicide bombers as weapons: The leading modus operandi in the Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria’s struggle against the Syrian regime and Hezbollah in Lebanon*
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Foreign fighters from Western countries in the ranks of the rebel organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad in Syria *

This is a follow-up study of the ITIC’s in-depth study of foreigners in Syria. It deals with foreign fighters from Western countries in the ranks of the Syrian rebels, mainly the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (henceforth the Islamic State).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 15 – 21, 2014)

Escalation in attacks on Israel’s south continues. This past week 13 rocket hits were identified in the western Negev, including a simultaneous barrage of five rockets targeting the region of the southern city of Ashqelon. In addition, two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at Eilat. During December the Israeli security forces prevented the
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Israeli Arabs and Palestinians Join the Ranks of the Rebels in Syria, Mainly Organizations Affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Global Jihad *

In our assessment, so far about 20 Israeli Arabs have joined the ranks of the rebels in Syria, as well as 30 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and a few from Judea and Samaria. There are also several dozen Palestinians from the refugee camps in Lebanon who have joined the rebels (especially from Ein al-Hilweh
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 1 – 7, 2014)

This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In response to the rocket attacks targeting Israel, Israeli Air Force aircraft struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. In Judea and Samaria the terrorist attacks of the so-called “popular resistance” continued. American Secretary of State John Kerry finished a round of talks
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