Al-Qaeda

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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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 30 – April 5, 2017)

The pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is increasing: Following the takeover of the Tabqa Dam and the airfield to its south, SDF forces operating with American support advanced to the city of Tabqa. After several weeks of fighting, the Syrian forces took over the town of Deir Hafer. Fighting in west Mosul continues
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