Syria

Additional Syrian army attack against the rebel organizations (update)

So far, over 40 towns and villages have been taken over in the Syrian army offensive east and southeast of the city of Maarat Nu'man, near the M-5 highway to Aleppo and Idlib . In the ITIC's assessment, the objective of the Syrian army attack is to establish its presence on the M-5 highway leading northward, take over Maarat Nu’man, and prepare for the attack on Idlib, the rebel stronghold, with the aim of achieving a decisive victory in the campaign which has been going on for about seven months.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 19-25, 2019

The main event in the Syrian arena was a large-scale attack by the Syrian army against the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and other rebel organizations, east and southeast of the city of Maarat Nu'man. In the Euphrates Valley, ISIS continued its intensive activity against the SDF forces, consisting mainly of shooting attacks, attacking headquarters, eliminating soldiers and intelligence personnel and attacking convoys and checkpoints. On December 22, 2019, ISIS launched a “campaign of revenge” for the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir. So far, some 60 attacks have been carried out as part of the campaign, most of them in Syria and Iraq
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Additional Syrian army attack against the rebel organizations in the Idlib region (initial overview)

On December 20, 2019, the Syrian army launched an attack against the rebel organizations in the Idlib region, in continuation of the ground offensive carried out over the last month.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 12-18, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, ISIS continues its intensive activity, mainly in the area of Al-Mayadeen, in the Euphrates Valley. In the Iraqi arena, ISIS continues its intensive activity, with an emphasis on the Diyala Province north of Baghdad. At the same time, ISIS’s provinces in Africa and Asia continued their routine activity.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 1 –15, 2019)

Iran is continuing to try to minimize the impact of the ongoing protests in Iraq on Iranian interests in the country, and particularly economic interests. Against the backdrop of ongoing Iranian efforts to entrench its foothold in Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border, Arab media outlets reported about recent strikes carried out against targets linked to Iran and pro-Iranian militias. A Lebanese news website reported about an unusual deployment of Hezbollah and forces linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force near the town of Rankous on the Qalamoon mountain range, north of Damascus, ahead of a possible revenge attack in retaliation to IDF strikes in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 5-11, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, local clashes continued between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations in the Idlib region, accompanied by airstrikes and artillery exchanges, with no significant change in the situation on the ground. In the Iraqi arena, ISIS has continued its intensive activity, mainly in the Diyala Province, north of Baghdad. The most common attacks were mortar shell fire, activation of IEDs, light weapons fire and sniper fire.
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