ISIS

ISIS in Libya: a Major Regional and International Threat

In 2015 ISIS established two strongholds beyond the borders of its power base in Iraq and Syria: the first in the Sinai Peninsula, where it wages determined fighting against the Egyptian security forces. The second is situated in the north- central Libyan city of Sirte and its surroundings, where it has established territorial control and
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Spotlight on Iran (January 3 – 17, 2016)

An unprecedented crisis developed in the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Senior Iranian officials strongly condemned the execution of al-Nimr and threatened retribution. On January 13, 2016, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) took control of two American navy ships in the Persian Gulf. There has been a certain decline in the number
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The Weakening of ISIS and Its Territorial Losses in Iraq and Syria (2015)

While 2014 was a year of conquest and expansion for ISIS, in 2015 it suffered a series of setbacks in Syria and Iraq, resulting in the loss of extensive areas under its control. Most important was the loss of Ramadi, the capital city of the Sunni Anbar Province, in Western Iraq. According to the spokesman
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 7-13, 2016)

In Syria, there were no significant changes on the ground this week. In Iraq, the security forces continue to cleanse the city of Ramadi, which they do not yet fully control. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Iraq this week. In the face of the pressures put on it, ISIS
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 31, 2015 – January 6, 2016)

This week, ISIS continued to withstand severe pressure exerted on it on various fronts in Iraq and in Syria: the Iraqi Army continued its cleansing of the city of Ramadi and its environs; the Syrian Army is approaching the important city of Al-Bab (northeast of Aleppo) and the city of Al-Qaryatayn, southeast of Homs. While
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The Liberation of Ramadi: The situation on the ground and significance

On December 28, 2015, after seven days of fighting against ISIS operatives, the Iraqi army, with air support from the United States and the coalition, took over the center of the city of Ramadi where the governmental buildings are located. So far the Iraqi army has apparently taken control most of the city (about 70%-80%).
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