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The Campaign for Mosul: The Situation and Initial Assessment (As of the morning of October 27, 2016)

On October 17, 2016, Haidar al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, announced the beginning of a military campaign to liberate the large, important Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS’s main stronghold in Iraq. It was where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the founding of the Islamic Caliphate on June 4, 2014, which gave Mosul great symbolic value.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 10-27, 2016)

October 17, 2016, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the beginning of a military operation to take over Mosul. The city of Mosul, ISIS’s main stronghold where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate (June 4, 2014), is of symbolic value. The operation is led by the Iraqi army and the Kurdish
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Spotlight on Global Jihad* (September 29 – October 9, 2016)

The Syrian onslaught against rebel organizations in Aleppo continues, with massive Russian air support. The Syrian Army continues to gain achievements in the various battle zones in the city. At the same time, the humanitarian situation in Aleppo continues to deteriorate: there are many losses among the residents trapped in combat zones, and the civilian
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22-28, 2016)

After the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, the Syrian air force, with Russian support, launched an intensive air attack on rebel-held residential areas in the eastern part of Aleppo. According to Syrian state TV, the Syrian army took control of the al-Farafirah neighborhood in the Old City (near the citadel). The rebel organizations, on
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 15-21 2016)

The US-Russia arrangement on cessation of hostilities has collapsed, having floundered for a week. During the seven days the ceasefire lasted (September 12-19 2016), hostilities persisted and the attempts to get humanitarian aid into the besieged areas, especially eastern Aleppo, failed. The “Joint Implementation Center” (JIC), which was mentioned in the Kerry-Lavrov communique, did not
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 8-14, 2016)

On September 9, 2016, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that they had achieved an arrangement for the cessation of hostilities in Syria. The arrangement came into effect on September 12 (the start of the Moslem festival of Eid al-Adha) at 19:00. Even if the agreement leads
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