The West

Spotlight on Iran* (February 12-26, 2017)

During the second half of February 2017, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, paid a visit to Moscow. Tension has surfaced between Iran and Turkey. Na’im Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary general, said his organization was proud of its relations with Iran, and called on other regional countries to strengthen
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Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, Chairman of the UNRWA Staff Union in the Gaza Strip and Boys’ Elementary School Principal, Is Elected to Hamas’ New Gaza Political Bureau

Elections were recently held for Hamas’ political bureau in the Gaza Strip, the movement’s supreme institution in Gaza. Fifteen members were elected, headed by Yahya Sinwar. It has a large number of members affiliated with Hamas’ military wing and is dominated by members who hold extremist views.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 16-22, 2017)

On February 19, 2017, the Iraqi forces, with US and coalition air support, opened the offensive to liberate west Mosul. The Iraqi forces opened the attack on Mosul’s western and southern outskirts. In the city of Al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo, fighting continues.
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Turkey strives to create a “safe zone” along its border with Syria after the liberation of al-Bab, seeking support from President Donald Trump.

After having liberated the rural area around al-Bab and encircled the city, on February 11, 2017, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army initiated an attack to take control of the city. The attacking forces occupied the western part of the city (about 40% of its total area). They are removing mines and
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 9-15, 2017, 2017)

Free Syrian Army forces entered the city of Al-Bab, in cooperation with the Turkish Army. In the city of Daraa in southern Syria, several rebel organizations, including the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, launched an attack against Syrian Army strongholds in the Manshiya neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. In Iraq, the Iraqi
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 2-8, 2017)

In Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria, and in Al-Bab, ISIS’s last stronghold west of the Euphrates River, ISIS is under increasing pressure from the attacking forces (the Syrian Democratic Forces with US support, the Free Syrian Army with Turkish support). In the other areas in east Syria, ISIS continues its local offensive initiatives against the
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