Al-Qaeda

Turkey strives to create a “safe zone” along its border with Syria after the liberation of al-Bab, seeking support from President Donald Trump.

After having liberated the rural area around al-Bab and encircled the city, on February 11, 2017, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army initiated an attack to take control of the city. The attacking forces occupied the western part of the city (about 40% of its total area). They are removing mines and
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 8 – 14, 2017)

Popular terrorism attacks continue in Judea and Samaria and trickle into Israel. Prominent this past week was a combined shooting and stabbing attack at the entrance to a market in Petah Tikva, in the center of the country. Four rockets were fired at Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, from the Sinai Peninsula. They were launched by
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 2-8, 2017)

In Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria, and in Al-Bab, ISIS’s last stronghold west of the Euphrates River, ISIS is under increasing pressure from the attacking forces (the Syrian Democratic Forces with US support, the Free Syrian Army with Turkish support). In the other areas in east Syria, ISIS continues its local offensive initiatives against the
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 26-February 1, 2017)

The ceasefire declared more than a month ago is still in effect in most of the regions of Syria. In the area of Wadi Barada, Syrian regime had yet another achievement, reaching an agreement in which the rebel organizations surrendered and were evacuated, together with their families, to the Idlib region. In Iraq, the Iraqi
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 15 – 29, 2017)

The Astana talks on the future of Syria ended on January 24, 2017. Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a joint mechanism to oversee the Syrian ceasefire. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry denied claims made at the UN by the Israeli ambassador that Iran was using commercial Mahan Air flights to transfer
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 19-25, 2017)

In spite of the ceasefire in Syria, and despite the Kazakhstan talks, fighting continued in two main sites: the Wadi Barada area,; and Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. So far, neither side has gained the upper hand in these two sites. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army managed to take over the east of the city,
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