The West

Spotlight on Iran* (February 26 – March 12, 2017)

The chairman of the Iranian Shaheed Foundation said 2,100 fighters deployed from Iran to Syria and Iraq had been killed. Responding to reports that the American administration planned to designate it as a terrorist organization, senior Iranian officials declared their support for the IRGC. An Iranian opposition website posted photos allegedly showing that planes belonging
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 2-8, 2017)

The Syrian Army, with Russian support, completed the liberation of the city After the liberation of the city of Al-Bab from ISIS by the Free Syrian Army, attention has shifted to the city of Manbij, In Iraq, the Iraqi security forces continued to strengthen and expand their control in west Mosul.
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Iranian conduct in the early days of the Trump administration

Donald Trump’s inauguration as president triggered a change in the attitude of the US administration toward Iran and increased the tension between the new administration and Tehran within a short while. The change was reflected both by the escalation of anti-Iranian rhetoric on the part of American senior officials, and first and foremost by President
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Muhammad al-Jamassi, senior engineer in UNRWA’s engineering department in the Gaza Strip, was also identified as a newly elected member of Hamas’ political bureau.

In the recent elections for Hamas’ political bureau, the movement’s highest institution in the Gaza Strip, 15 members were chosen. Yahya al-Sinwar, affiliated with Hamas’ military wing, was chosen as chairman. The new political bureau has many members affiliated with Hamas’ military wing and is dominated by members who hold extremist positions.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 23-March 1, 2017)

In the second week of the campaign over west Mosul, the Iraqi forces took over the airport to the south of the city, as well as a nearby military base. The military pressure exerted on ISIS in Syria has also increased. After the takeover of Al-Bab, Turkey apparently intends to complete its takeover of the
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UNRWA announced the suspension of Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, chairman of the UNRWA staff union in the Gaza Strip, after his election to Hamas’ political bureau. In 2011 he was also suspended by UNRWA for his affiliation with Hamas, but remained in his position.

Chris Guinness, UNRWA spokesman in the Gaza Strip, stated that the agency had decided to suspend Suhail al-Hindi from his position. He said that in view of an internal investigation during which “substantial information” had been presented from several sources, the decision was taken on February 26, 2017, “to suspend Suhail al-Hindi, pending the outcome
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