Al-Qaeda

Spotlight on IranSpotlight on Iran* (August 29 – September 11, 2016)

enior Iranian officials recently stated that Iran would not agree to cut off the support Iran gave through the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to the “resistance front” as part of the negotiations held with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). At least six IRGC fighters were killed in Syria during the past two weeks,
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The targeted killing of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, ISIS’s number 2 leader – Analysis and implications

On August 30, 2016, the US Department of Defense announced the killing of Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani in an airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition near the town of Al-Bab, north of Aleppo.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 1-7, 2016)

The Turkish Army and rebel organizations have finished cleansing an area about 52 km long along the Syrian-Turkish border. In southern Aleppo, the Syrian Army and the forces that support it managed to take over the military college compound. While ISIS is losing territory in Syria and Iraq, it is stepping up its efforts to
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 25-31, 2016)

ISIS officially announced the death of its spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, in the Aleppo Province (August 30, 2016). The announcement threatened revenge for his death. As for the situation on the ground, after the takeover of the city of Jarabulus (August 24), Turkey continued its Euphrates Shield operation in the area west of the Euphrates
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Spotlight on Iran* (August 14-28, 2016)

Iran allowed the Russian air force to use its base at Hamedan (western Iran) for air strikes in Syria. A high ranking commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed Iran had established a “Shi’ite liberation army” operating in Syria, Iraq and Yemen under the command of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s
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The Campaign West of the Euphrates: Analysis of Turkish Army and Rebel Organizations’ Capture of Jarabulus (Initial assessment, morning of August 25, 2016)

On August 24, 2016, the city Jarabulus, located near the Turkish border, was captured from ISIS by Turkish army armored and special forces along with Syrian rebel organizations. From the Turkish perspective, the objective of the so-called Operation Euphrates Shield was to repel ISIS from proximity to its border and prevent the Kurdish forces from
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