The Global Jihad

Spotlight on Iran* (January 17 – 31, 2016)

Mohammad-Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that one of Iran’s major gains from regional developments was the enlistment of more than 200,000 men as fighters in the popular militias in Syria, Iraq and Libya. He said Iran would foil the “Zionist-American plot to divide Iraq and Syria.” At least five
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 21-27, 2016)

In Syria, ISIS continues to exert military pressure on the Syrian Army in the area of Deir al-Zor, which is surrounded and cut off from the Syrian regime’s main area of control. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army continues its efforts to cleanse the city of Ramadi and its environs.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 20 – 26, 2016)

This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued. During the past few weeks there has been a decrease in the scope of the attacks (although the number remained high), but they have been more lethal and daring (shooting attacks and entrance into Israeli villages).Prominent this past week was a lethal stabbing attack in the
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 14-20, 2016)

During the past week, the pressure on ISIS in the various combat zones in Syria and Iraq continued, but with no significant changes on the ground. in Libya, attacks on oil facilities continue; in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, ISIS carried out (for the first time) a series of elaborate terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda and other
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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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