Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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ISIS' Female Suicide Bombers Are No Myth

September 22, 2017  •  Foreign Affairs

In recent months, a controversy has emerged among outside analysts regarding the role of women in the Islamic State (or ISIS), especially after unconfirmed reports from the battle for Mosul suggested that the group had begun using large numbers of female suicide bombers. Some analysts, such as the terrorism researchers Charlie Winter and Devorah Margolin, argue that ISIS' position on women in combat has recently evolved from prohibition to encouragement—as illustrated by some writings in the group's official magazine, Rumiyah, and newsletter, al-Naba, which in their view call on women to take up arms. On the other hand, Mia Bloom and Simon Cottee argue that this is a misreading of the relevant passages and that ISIS has consistently prohibited women from fighting and continues to do so.

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Islamic State and Kurds: Full Documents and Translation

September 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm

As a companion to my study for CTC Sentinel on the Islamic State and its relations with the Kurds, here are the original documents in full with translation.

Biography of Salah al-Din al-Kurdi

From the first mujahideen of Halabja who rose up against the Crusader invasion of Iraq in 1424 AH, he resisted the American invasion after the fall of the regime of the tyrant Saddam Hussein who left the land as a permissible morsel before America, its allies and the Safavids who began to maltreat the Sunnis.

He formed with his companions working groups against the American occupaition, composed of a squadron of snipers and a squadron of engineering for mines and IEDs.

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The Islamic State and the Kurds: The Documentary Evidence

September 21, 2017  •  CTC Sentinel

Abstract: Drawing in part on internal Islamic State documents, this article aims to provide a new and more nuanced understanding of how the Islamic State has dealt with Kurds. Though the Islamic State is often characterized as being inherently anti-Kurdish, the organization has recruited Kurds and directed messaging toward Kurdish audiences. At the same time, internal documents in particular show the tensions between realities on the ground for Kurdish communities that lived under Islamic State control and the organization's ideology that is, in theory, blind to ethnicity.

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"We will not bow down"- New nasheed from Ajnad Media

September 8, 2017 at 9:16 am

Despite the continued territorial setbacks for the Islamic State, with Raqqa likely soon to be lost and the organization's enemies pushing into Deir az-Zor province, the media wing responsible for Arabic nasheed production (Ajnad) continues to release new nasheeds. The latest one is لن ننثني ("We will not bow down"), the verb having connotations of giving up, bending over, defeat and frustration. As with the other recent nasheeds released by Ajnad, the messaging again focuses on defiance in the face of losses and that the idea that the Islamic State will not be truly defeated. Below is my translation of the new nasheed.

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The Life of Abu Tayyim Inkhil: Deceased Amir of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed

September 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Amid the continued failure of the Syrian rebels to roll back the Islamic State-linked Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed in the southern province of Deraa, the U.S.-led coalition and its allies seem to be resorting increasingly to repeated decapitation of the leadership in targeted strikes. These strikes have killed multiple officials in the organization, such as Abu Qasura Kanakari and Abu Hamza Tawheed. On 17 August, a strike killed the amir Abu Tayyim Inkhil, whose life I aim to document in this post.

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