Syria

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 11-17, 2019)

The Syrian army’s ground offensive against the rebel organizations in the Idlib area is still bogged down. The Iraqi security forces’ extensive security operation in northern and western Iraq continues. There have been reports on the arrest of ISIS operatives, destruction of tunnels and logistics facilities, and seizure of car bombs. In ISIS’s various provinces in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, routine activity continued: In Afghanistan.
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Spotlight on Iran (June 30, 2019 – July 14, 2019)

Iran, Russia and Turkey are preparing for another summit of the three countries’ presidents, set to be held in Ankara in August. In recent weeks, Iran has stepped up efforts to expand its economic influence in Syria and Iraq, signaling its desire to increase its economic clout in the region. Following the completion of formation of the new Iraqi cabinet, the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad met with the incoming Iraqi Minister of Interior, Yassin al-Yasiri, while the Iranian military attaché to Baghdad met with the incoming Minister of Defense. The commentator Hamza Abu Shanab, published an article in which he detailed Iranian assistance to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
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The Imam Al-Mahdi Scouts Association: Hezbollah’s youth movement which indoctrinates youth with Iranian radical Shiite Islam and serves as a source of youngsters who join Hezbollah

Hezbollah maintains an extensive network of social foundations in the Shiite community in Lebanon. These foundations deal with healthcare, education, finance, welfare, and media. They support Hezbollah’s military infrastructure. They also serve as a means of disseminating Hezbollah’s ideology and strengthening its position among the Shiite community and in Lebanon in general.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 4-10, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, the Syrian army’s ground operation against the rebel organizations in the Idlib region is still bogged down. In the Iraqi arena, the Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale security operation to mop up the northern and western provinces of the country from the presence of ISIS. In ISIS’s various provinces in the Middle East and around the globe, “routine” activity continues
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 27 – July 3, 2019)

The Syrian ground offensive against the rebel organizations in the Idlib area, which has been going on for around two months, is still not making any progress. In the Iraqi arena ISIS’s intensive attacks in the various provinces in the north and west of the country continue. In ISIS’s various provinces in the Middle East and around the globe, “routine” activity continues. The widely reported campaign of renewing the pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi continued
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American aerial attack on senior operatives of al-Qaeda’s Guardians of Religion in Idlib: Initial overview and assessment

On June 30, 2019, American planes attacked senior operatives of a jihadist organization called Guardians of Religion (Hurras al-Din), affiliated al-Qaeda branch. Reportedly the operatives were in a training facility northeast of Idlib (about nine miles southwest of Aleppo).
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