Syria

Spotlight on the Global Jihad (February 26 – March 4, 2015)

In early March 2015, the Iraqi Army launched an offensive to recapture the important city of Tikrit. Battles are still raging. According to US Army sources, the attack on the city of Mosul, scheduled for the spring of 2015, has been postponed for several months. In the province of Al-Hasakah, northeastern Syria, Kurdish forces (YPG)
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Spotlight on the Global Jihad (February 19-25, 2015)

This week, there were no significant changes in the various combat zones in Iraq and Syria. YPG’s Kurdish forces continue to repel ISIS from the rural area of Kobani. Turkey evacuated a Turkish enclave in Syrian territory located about 35 km south of the Turkish-Syrian border. ISIS, which is establishing its presence in Libya, used
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Spotlight on the Global Jihad (February 12-18, 2015)

The main events this past week were the shooting attacks in Copenhagen, carried out by the same terrorist. In Libya ISIS continues to strengthen its foothold. In a showcase massacre in the “Tripoli province” of the Islamic State in Libya, 21 Egyptian Coptic immigrant workers were abducted and beheaded on a beach. In Syria and
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 5-11, 2015)

Following the murder of the Jordanian pilot, the Royal Jordanian Air Force carried out intensive airstrikes against ISIS targets in both Syria and Iraq (up to now, the Jordanians have only carried out airstrikes in Syria). ISIS claimed that one of the Jordanian airstrikes killed a female American aid worker who was in its hands.
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After about four months of fighting ISIS was defeated in the Kurdish city of Kobanî (Ayn al-Arab) in northern Syria. It was the worst blow dealt to ISIS since the beginning of the American and coalition campaign against it.

On January 30, 2015, ISIS issued a video in which it admitted, for the first time, that its fighters had retreated from Kobanî (Ayn al-Arab) in northern Syria, and that control of the city had been retaken by the Kurdish forces. Two operatives who fought in Kobanî admitted that ISIS forces had retreated from the
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 29 – February 4, 2015)

The main event of the week was a series of combined attacks against Egyptian targets in Al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in northern Sinai. Around 30 soldiers and civilians were killed and a few dozen were wounded. The terrorist attacks were carried out by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the ISIS branch in the Sinai Peninsula.
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