Lebanon

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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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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Foreign Fighters in Syria

This past year saw a marked increase in the involvement of foreigners in the fighting against the Syrian regime. Most join Al-Qaeda- and global jihad-affiliated organizations, gain military experience, and undergo radicalization and jihadization. They are liable to import continue terrorist and subversive activities to their countries of origin when they return (the “Afghanistan model”).
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In late 2013, Hezbollah again intensified its military involvement in the Syrian civil war, suffering heavy losses *

In late 2013, Hezbollah had intensified its military involvement in the civil war in Syria, suffering heavy losses. The main three sites of Hezbollah fighting were the eastern rural area of Damascus (Al-Ghouta al-Sharqiyya), the Al-Qalamoun mountain range, north of Damascus, which runs along the Syrian-Lebanese border (the Homs – Damascus route), and the grave
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 11 – 17, 2013)

This past week no rocket hits were identified in Israel’s south. In Judea and Samaria violence continued, most of it associated with the so-called popular resistance. In the north, an IDF soldier was killed by a Lebanese army. The extreme weather conditions in the Middle East caused serious damage in the Gaza. Hamas provided aid
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Mass-casualty double suicide bombing attack carried out at the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

It revealed the growing operative capabilities of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a branch of Al-Qaeda in Lebanon, and indicated the trickle of the Sunni-Shi’ite confrontation from Syria to Lebanon.
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