The West

The US-led international campaign against ISIS (interim assessment, updated to end of June 2015)

On September 10, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced the start of an overall campaign against ISIS, intended to degrade the organization and ultimately destroy it.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 11-17, 2015)

This week, the Kurdish forces managed to capture the city of Tal Abyad, northern Syria (near the Turkish border). The Druze population living in the area of Al-Suwayda, southern Syria, is under twofold pressure by jihadi organizations. The Druze population in the northern Syrian Golan Heights (in the region of the village of Khader) fear
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Al-Nusra Front Leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani said in an interview that his organization’s overall goal was overthrowing and replacing the Syrian regime with an Islamic regime

Al-Nusra Front Leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani said in an interview that his organization’s overall goal was overthrowing and replacing the Syrian regime with an Islamic regime. He elaborated its military achievements, especially in the region of Idlib. Prominent were his attempts to represent his organization as pragmatic and different from ISIS.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 21-27, 2015)

This week ISIS again focused on establishing and broadening its control over eastern Syria and western Iraq. The fall of the city of Ramadi raised doubts among the American leadership about the competence of the Iraqi Army
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 14-20, 2015)

ISIS worked this week to establish and strengthen its control over western Iraq and eastern Syria by “cleansing” the “pockets” of Iraqi and Syrian army soldiers. In Syria, ISIS is making an effort to cleanse the “pockets” of the Syrian Army in the Syrian Desert, in the east of the country. The Al-Nusra Front and
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 26 – April 1, 2015)*

An important event of the week was the conquest of the city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria. The conquest of the city of Idlib is a major blow to the Assad regime and an important achievement for the Al-Nusra Front, which led the campaign over the city. In the important city of Tikrit, the fighting
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