Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Reemergence of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham

July 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm

After many months of social media absence, the jihadi group Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham under Abu Obeida al-Masri has recently advertised its presence in the city of Idlib city as part of the Jaysh al-Fatah jihadi-rebel coalition that conquered the city and other parts of Idlib province from Assad regime forces.

Jaysh Muhammad-run Shari'a Institute in Idlib city: lesson for children.

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Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: "Course in Monotheism"- Complete Text, Translation and Analysis

July 26, 2015

Preface and Commentary

As mentioned in previous excerpt posts (here and here), the textbook "Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid" (Course in Tawheed/Monotheism) is the book that must be learned and understood by training camp recruits if they are to pass the recruitment and training processes. Written by the Bahraini cleric Turki Binali (who most recently appeared in official Islamic State propaganda giving a sermon in Raqqa province), it is issued by the Diwan al-Eftaa' wa al-Buhuth Committee that also deals with Islamic State fatwas and other theological treatises, most infamously one dealing with justifications for having female sex slaves.

The contents of this textbook can be divided and summarised as follows:

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The Coastal Shield Brigade: A New Pro-Assad Militia

July 23, 2015  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of the Coastal Shield Brigade. On top: "Coastal Shield Brigade." In middle (with portrait of Bashar al-Assad): "Republican Guard. Knights of Assad." On bottom: "Syrian Arab Army."

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Hizballah, the Jihad in Syria, and Commemorations in Lebanon

July 13, 2015  •  Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA Journal)

This report–in part based on a two-week trip to Lebanon in April 2015–examines the role of Hizballah in the ongoing Syrian civil war, particularly its relation with the wider Shi'i jihadi militia efforts in support of the Assad regime. The article also examines "martyrdom" commemorations for Hizballah fighters killed in Syria, with a collection of tombstones and posters in a variety of locations throughout Lebanon examined in parallel with online evidence.

HIZBALLAH AND THE SHI'I MILITIAS IN SYRIA: CUI BONO?

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The Islamic State's Diwan al-Rikaz in Mosul

July 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

As I have shown from prior documentary evidence, the Islamic State's Diwan al-Rikaz is a department of bureaucracy concerned with 'precious resources' primarily of two types: fossil fuels and antiquities. For instance, the Diwan al-Rikaz deals with crude oil purchase receipts, the leasing of gasoline stations, distributions of gas fuel for locals and permission slips for the excavation of (non-idolatrous) artifacts, which are then usually sold off on the black market. Below is Mosul-based Omar Fawaz's account of the Diwan al-Rikaz. Perhaps the most important observation to draw here is the Islamic State's co-optation of existing factories and production facilities for a variety of products (not just oil and gas, but also e.g. soft drinks, cement and plastic) under the Diwan al-Rikaz, likely on the same pattern as the Diwan al-Khidamat's co-optation of services offices whereby employees are compelled to return to work under threat of confiscation of homes. Indeed, the production of ice in factories (mentioned below) has been advertised elsewhere in official Islamic State propaganda, without mention of the Diwan al-Rikaz.

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