Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Archivist: Stories of the Mujahideen: Unseen Islamic State Biographies of Outstanding Members

August 24, 2016  •  Jihadology

Introduction

That the Islamic State (IS) in da'wa (religious outreach) is well-known and much of it is publicized online through IS propaganda, but there are still many IS works that remain unpublished on the Internet and distributed on the ground only. One such da'wa series is called qisas al-mujahideen ('Stories of the Mujahideen'). This series has been distributed under the heading of Akhbar al-Khilafa ('News of the Caliphate'), which also includes IS news announcements published online, and more formally with the mark of the Diwan al-Da'wa wa al-Masajid ('Da'wa and Mosques Department'), one of the series of formal diwans created following the announcement of the Caliphate.

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Al-Qa'ida Uncoupling: Jabhat al-Nusra's Rebranding as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham

August 22, 2016  •  CTC Sentinel

Abstract: On July 28, 2016, Jabhat al-Nusra, which had previously identified itself as a branch of al-Qa'ida in Syria, announced the changing of its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham ('Conquest of al-Sham Front') in a video recording that for the first time revealed the appearance of its leader, Abu Muhammad al-Julani. The nominal decoupling of the organizations was approved and coordinated with al-Qa'ida's senior leadership and was designed to unify Islamist efforts in Syria and to make it more difficult for the United States and Russia to justify targeting the group. With its popularity on the rise and other rebel groups welcoming the announcement, the move appears to have paid off so far.

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Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara'

August 15, 2016  •  Syria Comment

The Syrian Shi'i towns of Nubl and Zahara' to the north of Aleppo city, like other Shi'i areas in Syria, have been associated with support for the regime from the outset. In addition, given that the religious affiliation (Twelver Shi'i Islam) happens to coincide with that of Iran and its Lebanese client Hezbollah that are leading backers of the regime, Nubl and Zahara' have become one of many areas for the building of the concept of a native Syrian Hezbollah and 'Islamic Resistance' (al-muqawama al-islamiya).

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Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi'i Militia

August 6, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi. The top of the emblem features the Dhu al-Fiqar, the sword of Imam Ali. The group's name means "The Sword of the Mahdi (may God hasten his emergence) Brigade."

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Internal dissent in Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed?

July 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed (The Army of Khalid ibn al-Waleed)- named for a companion of the Prophet who helped secure the Muslim conquest of the Levant through the crucial Battle of Yarmouk- is a group linked to the Islamic State (IS) based in the Yarmouk Valley/Basin (Wadi/Hawdh al-Yarmouk) of southwest Deraa province on the border with the Golan Heights. The group was formed in late May 2016 from the following components:

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